WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
Emmett and Fingal Planning Consultants were amazing in helping us manage our build
while we were abroad. His insight and oversight was invaluable to us as we navigated
the various building standards and compliance regulations. We could not have
completed our build without Emmett and his team and we will be forever grateful for all
the support he gave us. If you are thinking of building a house in Fingal or Dublin you
will not regret engaging Fingal Planning Consultants. Best money we spent on our
house build for sure!
We were delighted to use the services of FPC during the conversion of our attic. From
the initial planning stage, through gaining planning permission and then to final
completion, FPC were on hand to guide us through every step of the project. Ideas,
suggestions and expertise were shared with us and we were very impressed with the
whole process. We are over the moon with end product and love the extra space we
have gained in our home. We would highly recommend FPC for their professionalism,
support and services.
Emmett was great to work with and always available for questions and queries. Worked
really well with the builder and helped us with any dealings with our neighbours during
the build. Would highly recommend FPC and Emmett to anyone looking for architectural
services or any planning activities.
Fingal Planning Consultants were great to deal with. Emmett made everything very
easy, from getting us the planning permission to finding us the right builder. He kept an
eye on the build progress and was always quick to answer any queries I had along the
way. He has a calm and to the point approach which was great. I wouldn't hesitate in
using Fingal Planning Consultants for any future projects. Thanks for everything
Fantastic service. We are really happy with everything - Emmett was always willing to
go above and beyond, really professional and genuinely great to deal with. Highly
I could not recommend Emmett and his team more. From start to finish he was always
on hand to help with any question big or small. Great ideas, fast to respond and builder
was happy with drawings. We got beautiful photos throughout the build. I would not
hesitate to contact this company. Thank you so much for making our new house a
We did a full house renovation adding a significant extension to the back and side of our
property and we also renovated the attic. We worked with Fingal Planning Consultants
headed up by Emmett Tolan from the outset. We had a number of meetings onsite in
advance of the build to agree planning requirements, design and the level of
involvement required from Emmett and his team. Professional, decisive, authoritative
and experienced are the best words I can use to describe Emmett. He developed an
excellent relationship with our builders and there was a mutual respect for each other’s
profession so when consensus needed to be reached on an issue it was never
argumentative or problematic. Emmett doesn't cut corners or accept anything less than
perfect but does so in a way that earns respect for his experience. We would have no
hesitation in highly recommending Fingal Planning Consultants.
We found Emmett through our builder after being let down by a previous architect.
Emmett was professional and got everything done efficiently and quickly. There were no
delays getting back to us with emails, and he explained everything about the process in
detail as we went through it. Having used Emmett, I don't know how anyone could
manage a project without that level of knowledge and support behind them. I
recommend Fingal Planning Consultants to anyone doing an extension or build.
We were delighted with the service provided by Emmett. He got us planning permission
for a house design that two neighbouring sites had previously been turned down for. He
was very helpful with advice throughout the build, always willing to answer any
questions we had and made plenty of site visits to make sure everything was as it
should be. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Fingal Planning Consultants.
We’ve been working with Emmett and his team for many years now and every project
that we’ve worked together on, be it residential or commercial was always handled with
the upmost professionalism and I would highly recommend Emmett.
Lee Tierney, Commercial Client
Emmett and the team at Fingal Planning Consultants provide an excellent service on all
construction related and designing of projects including feasibility studies, planning
permission applications, tendering and post-contract management. Emmett has a
wealth of experience in this field and is extremely knowledgeable in all matters relating
to current planning legislation and building regulations.
"We used FPC for the whole process of our Self Build. Knowing nothing about the planning/building process etc it was great to get knowledgeable advice about every detail and Emmett was always available for a call. We got the planning setup and accepted without any issues and Emmett oversaw the build until the date of completion. Would highly recommend FPC for any self builds, renovations etc."
"We recently acquired the services of Fingal Planning Consultants for our new build. Emmett took us through each step from the design stage, planning process and completion of the property. Doing a self-build can be very overwhelming however with Emmett's experience and input the process was made so much easier. We would highly recommend Emmett to anyone undertaking a renovation or self-build project."
"A very smooth process from beginning to end. Planning permission was granted at the first attempt. The tender process was very well managed and we ended up with a good number of quotes. Construction phase was well supervised and completed without issues. All of the above were a direct result of the attention to detail that was applied by Fingal Planning Consultants."
Darren Mc Quillan
"Excellent service. Worked really well with us and the builder to get the job done. Emmett has some great ideas and has made a dream come true! Would highly recommend."
"I worked with Emmett in order to obtain my Planning Permission through to build completion stage. Emmett achieved all my ambitions and wish list for the house design and I am over the moon with the final finish. Emmett was also heavily involved in short listing and selection of the final builder, taking quality and costings into effect. I got great value for money as a result of Emmett’s expertise in costing modules. Emmett also project managed the build making a number of invaluable site visits overseeing the final result straight through to final sign off. I would have no hesitation in recommending Emmett, he was a true professional from start to finish."
"Myself and my wife acquired the services of F.P.C. to assist us with an extension to our home. During the planning and build process, Emmett was extremely professional offering guidance in a planned timely manner. Emmett has great communication skills which were evident during the work and his relationship with our builder. I can highly recommend Emmett to anyone planning a build in the future."
"We can't thank Emmett enough for his service, he was with us from the very start at the planning stage right through to finished build.
Emmett's services are a one-stop shop for self-builders like ourselves, from planning to drawings to compliance with mortgage & Building Regs and build stages he was able to advise on everything we needed from start to finish.
We would highly recommend Emmett to anyone thinking of starting the daunting process of building their dream home he made everything that bit easier!"
"I engaged Emmett as my Assigned Certifier for a renovation project on my house.
Not only did Emmett walk me through the complex requirements of my Bank but also guided me through the Building Control Management System. He completely reworked my planning application drawings so that they were accepted by the Building Control Officer and then was always on hand to be my eyes and ears and the Bank's Certifier during the entire renovation project.
Emmett is very experienced with local planning and building control regulations. He has an easy going and pragmatic style that translates regulations into easily understandable and client friendly "must", "should" and "nice to have" activities that will get you where you want to be with your project.
I have no hesitation in recommending Emmett's services for anyone even thinking about carrying out construction on their home."
"We used Emmett of FPC as our architect. We found him to be imaginative in the design phase of our domestic build, yet practical when it came to changes during the construction. He was a consummate professional at all times and liaised well with both contractors and the planning authority. We would highly recommend Emmett based on our experience."
"People say that building a house is one of the most stressful things you can do and they weren’t wrong. We 'survived' our house build and now we can safely say that Emmett and Fingal Planning Consultants was one of the very few people that gave us consistent and sound advice/service.
Our build was very complicated due to many factors, but chiefly the type of the house, a low-energy "passive house" style, the location and having several contractors involved posed the greatest challenges. Emmett guided us through the process in his trademark no-nonsense approach and we were very lucky to have him when trying to manage all the stakeholders that a build inevitably has, like authorities, contractors, neighbours and so on.
During the rough patches of the project, he always stuck by his word and actually did more than he originally signed up for. When Emmett says he will do something he does it; he is open, honest, and little ruffles his feathers - a much needed attribute when emotions are high and money is low!
We would not have completed the project without Emmett and we gladly give him our highest recommendation."
"Before we met Emmett we had encountered massive problems with a previous Project Manager and had to part company. We approached Emmett who agreed to work with us. From the start he was very professional and was always on hand to advise us. Thanks to Emmett’s hard work we have ended up with a fantastic house in a fabulous location. It was worth all the hassle in the end. Thank you Emmett for all your patience and professionalism. We would have no hesitation in recommending Fingal Planning Consultants."
Valerie Sharkey and Niel O’ Keeffe
"When engaging a professional consultancy firm one hopes to find the following attributes in that firm and its proprietor.
A high level of professional knowledge
A modern and thoughtful approach to the subject matter which takes for granted that Best Practice is a minimum requirement
An interest in the outcome of the project and the client’s objectives beyond the minimal requirements to satisfy the brief
A reliable source of information and support to steer the project to its intended conclusion
A realistic and honest assessment of the viability of the proposal before huge expenditure is undertaken
Having engaged Fingal Planning Consultants on numerous occasions over a wide range of projects with varying challenges I can confirm that they satisfy all those requirements and more. It is therefore my pleasure to recommend them as a firm in whom others can place confidence and trust as both are deserved and will be rewarded with the level of skill and professionalism necessary to achieve your goals."
Seamus Murphy, Commercial Client
"Fingal Planning Consultants designed for me a very practical and comfortable house to live in, combining traditional and modern aspects that complement each other aesthetically. Most satisfying was the installation of large south facing window panels that optimises views of the landscape as well as achieving passive solar gain to minimise heating costs. I am very satisfied with my well designed, energy efficient new home! "
"We have been using Fingal Planning Consultants with very positive results. Processes and potential obstacles are very clearly explained in advance. Communications are straightforward, timelines are observed and costs are always as outlined beforehand. In our experience, business is conducted and managed in line with our expectations. "
Mel Connors, Commercial Client
"FPC are an excellent firm of architects that we have had the opportunity to work with on several projects. They are extremely professional and helpful and we would have no hesitation to highly recommend the firm. We look forward to teaming with FPC on future projects."
"Fingal Planning Consultants have provided us with an excellent service which is tailored to our needs. The attention to detail and proactive interaction throughout the design phase was of the highest standards. Their facebook page is excellent and is also a great source of ideas."
"We were very happy with the design and the overall service provided by Emmett. He maximized the space we could use in the design, made everything clear to us and guided us through the whole process. He was always available and his good working relationship with our builder was a big plus for us as they could liaise directly rather than calling us each time there was a query. His project management of the extension gave us a lot of reassurance. We would recommend him to anyone looking for an architect for a home extension."
"I engaged Emmett to assist with the design of my gym and to advise me through Fingal County Council's planning process. From the beginning I found Emmett to be extremely efficient, practical and knowledgeable in relation to all aspects of this area. I believe his knowledge and expertise were instrumental in the successful outcome of my planning application at the first attempt. I would have no hesitation in strongly recommending Emmett to friends or colleagues. "
Brendan Prior, Commercial Client
"We used Emmett for our extension recently. Emmett is very professional, had great ideas and was a pleasure to work with. Emmett was on hand when required and built a very good relationship with our builder. We would be happy to recommend FPC."
Alan and Jackie Courell
"Maintaining the old and bringing in the new - An excellent job - Emmett's design achieved all of our requirements and more - the new design has been cleverly incorporated into the original structure. Well done Emmett."
C., S. & E. Mc Guinness
"Emmett is extremely knowledgeable, professional and easy to deal with. From the first meeting he interpreted our needs and drew up plans for our extension which had all the elements we requested and a few extra as recommended by him. Any queries or changes were dealt with promptly and efficiently. We would have no hesitation in recommending FPC."
"Fingal Planning Consultants provided me with dynamic service throughout the planning and redevelopment of my home. My bungalow (approx 700 square feet) which is terraced was increased to a new dormer property, maximising its potential area to approximately 2,000 square feet. It is in keeping with the surrounding properties and has a clean modern finish. I found Emmett very professional in his knowledge and expertise throughout the project and very practical in his explanation of his works and theories. I have liaised with Emmett many times since and would like to continue through any further developments I may engage in."
"We extended our house, converted the attic and revamped the existing areas..........we are very happy with it and would recommend Emmett’s services."
Eamon Mc Grattan