Scientific Designs

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Scientific Designs's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Scientific Designs is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Founder and Managing Director
AvinashKumar Tiwari
New campus for The London
School of Management Education
Founded in 2003, Scientific Designs provide a complete
architectural design, planning and building regulations
service. Based in Ilford, they service clients throughout
Essex and Greater London and draw on their expertise and
years of experience to complete nearly 400 projects every year.
Scientific Designs are proud of their 95 per cent success rate
when applying for planning permission and are now looking to
expand the business. Managing Director Avinash Kumar Tiwari
discusses the full range of services they provide and explains
how they plan to grow in the future.
At Scientific Designs, we offer honest and clear advice on the legislative, structural
and design aspects of property development. We oversee initial feasibility studies,
obtain planning permission, secure building regulations approval and offer
construction project management solutions. In order to fully meet our clients’
needs, we have also developed the capability to tailor our services to any demand,
and we have the expertise to deal with differing requests. We work across both the
residential and commercial sectors, covering everything from extensions, additions
and modifications to changes of use, appeals and enforcements.
Our services
Our service is built on providing honest advice and using our knowledge to tailor
solutions around our clients’ demands. We have experience in all stages of the
property development process and have worked on a range of projects, including
college campuses, private homes, commercial offices, nurseries, tuition centres
»Managing Director: Avinash
»Based in Ilford
»Founded in 2003
»No. of employees: 7
»Services: Planning applications
and appeals, architectural
design and structural
engineering, surveys and
construction and project
management of residential
and commercial builds
»Key areas: Residential and
commercial, including
extensions, additions,
modifications, changes of use,
appeals and enforcements
»Sister company in India,
Scientific Research and Testing
Lab Pvt Ltd, was formed
in 1997. Provides material
testing and consultancy in
the construction field and
was nominated for India best
MSME award 2017
Scientific Designs
and homes for multiple occupation.
Years of experience have taught us
the client’s needs come first, and
we strive to meet all of our clients’
individual requirements. Our services
include architectural surveys and
drawings, planning and building notice
applications, party wall agreements
and construction project management.
We have built relationships with
skilled, highly qualified construction
workers who help us complete
building projects; we developed the
new London School of Management
campus and managed the installation
of a new security scheme for
To ensure we are able to offer a
complete service to our clients, it is
integral that we remain fully appraised
on all legislative and regulatory
changes affecting the property sector,
while we have built a reputation
for successfully working to tight
schedules and meeting deadlines. We
also have a 95 per cent success rate
for planning permission proposals,
which is the result of our ethos that
ensures we only take on projects that
are feasible. Referrals have been the
sole reason for our expansion and we
have never advertised our services.
Currently, we work on around 400
projects every year, which range
between six months and three years
in length.
Our 95 per cent success rate is
a reflection of the honest, clear
advice we offer clients and our
understanding of legislation and
regulations. We regularly meet
clients whose applications have been
repeatedly rejected and have come
to us following recommendation.
Because of my experience working
with local authorities, I am able to take
a look at applications and see lines
of argument that are often missed.
Iam resolute when challenging local
authority decisions and I understand
that interpersonal skills are required
when persuading and working
with a number of professionals
We also manage a quality control
service subsidiary in India, run by
22 local members of staff. Scientific
Research and Testing Lab Pvt Ltd was
formed in 1997 to provide material
testing and consultancy services across
the construction sector. In 2017, it
was nominated for India 5000’s Best
MSME award and we have been ISO
accredited for the last 12 years.
Developing Scientific Designs
I came to the UK in 2000 to complete
a master’s degree in civil engineering
and graduated in 2001. I was always
fearlessly ambitious, so during the
final months of studying, I established
Scientific Designs, initially providing
consultancy services to a range of
private and public clients. I also worked
as a senior civil engineer for over ten
years on the behalf of a number of
London local authorities, including the
City of London. As part of this role, I
managed major property developments
throughout the capital.
3D visual of the new
proposed building for the
Redbridge Punjabi Centre
in Ilford
To ensure we
are able to
offer a
service to our
clients, it is
integral that
we remain
fully appraised
on all
legislative and
affecting the
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Establishing a business within this
highly competitive field was a difficult
journey. I was a young man from India,
appearing at local authority meetings
and seeking to challenge refusals or
seeking resolutions favourable to my
clients. It was only in 2011 that I added
additional capabilities to the business
which opened up the opportunity to
complete all types of extensions and
loft conversions and greatly increase
our turnover. Scientific Designs is now
a highly regarded and busy practice,
a success story built without any
external marketing. Our reputation is
Following our expansion in 2011, we
have been able to work on a broader
and more diverse range of projects. It
has also diversified our interests and
we hope this will lead to increased
sustainability moving forward. Shortly
after our expansion, we received a
contract to construct a five-bedroom
house in Islington, which grew our
construction capabilities and expanded
our reputation beyond consultancy.
Expanding our services also enabled
us to increase our client base, growing
from around 60 in 2011, to 400
We now work on far more
large projects, including some in
conservation areas, but we have a
higher demand for our services than
we can manage. Over the coming year,
we hope to expand our offices and
recruit new people in all departments.
Our ambition is there; however,
we need to ensure our growth is
incremental and that we avoid the
temptation to grow tooquickly.
In 2018, we took on the project to
rebuild the Punjabi community centre
in Ilford. The current building is one
of large cultural significance and it is
used very regularly. We plan to replace
it with a three-storey building that has
a large function hall on the ground
floor, with three floors of flats above it.
The development should increase the
capacity of the centre, which serves
the large Sikh community in Ilford,
while offering affordable housing for a
growing population.
Facing the future
As we move towards the next stage
in our development, we need to
ensure that our recruitment strategy
is highly professional and yields the
new staff that we require. Recruitment
has proved a challenge in the past,
and a number of graduates we have
interviewed did not possess the
required skills to be successful in
our industry. Brexit may also impact
our recruitment plans, with fewer
European nationals looking to build a
career in the UK.
The effect Brexit will have on the UK’s
population and demand for housing
is hard to predict; however, our local
area continues to grow so we remain
confident that the demand for our
services will keep rising. If we can
increase our capacity and improve our
service, we should be able to meet
the demand that we cannot at the
moment, while further enhancing our
reputation and creating new demand
in the process.
The effect
Brexit will
have on the
and demand
for housing is
hard to
The restoration of a
Pinner property in their
conservation area

This article was sponsored by Scientific Designs. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister