What is design and build?

This is a common term used to describe a construction contract in which one main contractor is appointed to design and build the property. This varies from a traditional contract where the client appoints a designer and then a contractor for build.

Design and build is an appealing procurement route as it gives clients a single point of contact and responsibility for delivering the entire project. The design process can involve the client as much as they wish. If the client would like to have more influence, then a concept design and outline specification can be prepared with the client before the contractor employed for the design and build completes the design documentation.

Our in-house design team will produce CAD drawings of your project along with detailed specifications for your approval prior to commencing the construction phase.

We are dedicated to providing the same level of project management process to residential builds as would be used for large commercial constructions. This ensures our process is seamless and stress-free for the client.


  • I have no hesitation in recommending Dan Meakins and his team at X-tru Projects. When I needed my one bedroom flat in Central London completely renovated, Dan provided me with a speedy and detailed estimate for the works. His professionals started within two weeks and finished on time and on budget. Following completion, Dan straightened out any snaggingissues without hesitation. He was easy to get hold of andcommunicate with throughout the project. I would certainly use X-tru Projects again.

    Tim Richardson, Managing Director, Private Client
  • Great service, excellent build quality and no unforeseen problems. From the first contact I had with X-tru right through to the completion of the work, I was kept informed at all times. X-tru delivered on all their promises.

    Dan Parker, Business Owner, Private Client
  • Faced with a really tough deadline and a tight build specification, we selected X-tru Projects because I knew that Dan and his guys would come up with the goods within the timescales and within the budget

    Chris Miller, Construction Director, CNM Estates
  • Right from the start I was impressed with their meticulous approach to costing and planningthe conversionof one of our development propertiesfrom an old pub into two large luxury apartments. The whole project was completed without any hidden complications and to an excellent standard of build quality. Well done indeed to Dan and his team at X-tru Projects.

    Amy Dang, Developer/Investor

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