We provide a full range of architectural services including:
Initial scoping assessments
Concept design packages
Listed building applications
Building Regulations packages and applications
Construction drawing packages and specifications
Construction stage assistance
Managing of a tender process (sourcing contractors and obtaining estimates)
Contract administration for construction contracts
We aim to provide a comprehensive service covering all our clients’ needs and strive to make the process as simple as possible. We aim to be a client’s sole point of contact throughout the design and planning processes, liaising with surveyors, consultants, and local authorities on the client’s behalf. This assists in clear communication between those involved in the various aspects of a project and removes the mundane and time consuming parts of the project from the client.
As an RIBA Charted Practice, we follow the RIBA Plan of Work, which separates a project out into the 7 staged outlined below:
Stage 1 – Preparation and Briefing
This is a key stage in any project and impacts all those that follow. An initial client consultation is completed either in person or by phone to establish the basic proposals. At this stage we identify what statutory approvals if any are required, and what additional consultants might be required, such as surveyors and structural engineers.
Stage 2 – Concept Design
Once the project brief has been established, we will develop a feasibility study package of a number of outline proposals, these are then presented to the clients for their comments.
Stage 3 – Spatial Coordination
At this stage more details are incorporated into the chosen outline designs to ensure the proposed designs are buildable. This may include incorporating comments or designs from other consultants. Once this is completed the designs can be submitted for relevant approvals, if necessary.
Stage 4 – Technical Design
The technical design stage usually consists of a ‘Building Regulations Package’ which is prepared in consultation with other consultants and submitted to the relevant authorities for approval. If required, this stage can also include a more comprehensive ‘Construction Package’ a fully detailed set of construction drawings.
Stage 5 – Manufacturing and Construction
During the construction stage an administered construction contract can be used to tightly control the process. Either in addition or as an alternative to a construction contract, onsite assistance can also be provided in the form of regular inspections, answering of queries and additional drawings and details.
Stage 6 – Handover
In this stage a final inspection is completed, and a certificate issued if this has been included as part of the package of works.
Stage 7 – Use
Following the final handover stage an in-use inspection can be completed following a predetermined period of time to determine any defects that may require rectification.