Let us help you to bring your dream home to life with a full range of architectural services from initial sketch design through to on-site inspection and contract administration.
We offer a wide range of architectural services that will suit construction projects of all sizes. We understand that every project is unique, and so we tailor our packages to suit each new brief. Not all of our clients will need, or want, a traditional ‘full service’ architect, so the scope of services can be expanded or scaled back as needed to include the required level of support.
Developing a clients brief is the first stage in any project; it doesn’t matter whether it’s a modest extension or a large scale residential development. This process will vary from project to project and client to client, but always evolves as a discussion about aspirations, aesthetic preferences and how people will occupy the finished spaces.
Feasibility studies and master planning exercises explore the development potential of a site by analyzing its constraints and opportunities. In some cases they will form the basis of detailed design work for immediate progression towards a planning application. In other scenarios, they may be presented as stand alone documents to inform future development plans.
You may need to apply to the local authority for planning permission if the work you wish to carry out falls outside of permitted development. We can advise on whether your project will require planning permission, and confirm whether you will need to appoint any other consultants to support the application. We’ll refine the initial sketch design ideas into suitably detailed drawings, coordinate with the other consultants and submit the planning application on your behalf.
Once planning permission is secured, the next stage in the process is to obtain Building Regulations approval. We’ll produce detailed drawings and construction notes to demonstrate the chosen construction strategy and demonstrate compliance with current Building Regulations. During this stage in the process we’ll work closely with other consultants such as your Structural Engineer in order to properly co-ordinate all of their informaiton into the drawing package.
A written specification and a set of additional detailed drawings will provide an increased level of cost certainty over and above a typical Building Regulations pack. This is especially important for larger or more complex works, but also brings benefits to smaller projects were increased cost certainty is important. Additional drawings may include electrical and bathroom layouts, and the written Schedule of Work will include references to finishes, provisional sum allowances and external works as well as describing the main ‘building elements’.
In some cases, a project may not require planning permission or the production of technical Building Regulations drawings. Perhaps you’re looking to carry out some internal alterations or rennovations without significant structural works, or are you looking to simply breathe new life into your existing spaces? With our interior design services you get the benefit of our spatial design and specification skills, and the increased cost certainty that comes with an appropriate set of drawings and schedules.
So we have your Building Regulations approval, a complete set of detailed drawings and a written specification; now it’s time to get the work priced. Sometimes our clients will chose to negotiate a contract price with a preferred builder, but often they’ll prefer to have the project competitively priced by a selection of contractors. We will prepare a list of suitable main contractors, and guide you through the pricing and subsequent contractural procedures. We make sure the tendering process is managed properly so that you can reliably compare the prices returned.
Once your projects is on site, we offer a range of contract administration and site inspection services. The level of support required will vary from project to project, and will often be governed by whether you have appointed a Quantity Surveyor or Project Manager as part of the team. We will visit site regularly to check on progress and that the work is being carried out in accordance with the drawings, providing design and technical support as needed. We can also administer the contract between yourself and the contractor, certifying payments and fulfilling other contractual duties.