As a RIBA Chartered Practice we offer full architectural services from concept to completion of construction. Our architectural services are split down into work stages as set out in the RIBA ‘Plan of Work 2013’.
This is the most important part of the project and where we can add the most value. We will undertake some preliminary appraisals to assess the options and feasibility of the project. This can range from a sketch design solution to a full feasibility study and will enable you to decide on the best way forward. We will also identify the need for any approvals and other consultants, most commonly a structural engineer.
We are a studio where people can drop in and our doors are open for a free initial chat.
Using the initial project brief we will develop outline proposals and present a number of initial concepts for you to choose from. We will also liaise with local planners as a priority. The final design brief should reflect your aspirations and provide you with a home that adds value and improves your quality of life.
We will spend more time at this stage transforming ideas into something that can be built. This includes coordinating the work of other consultants into the designs. Once agreed, with you, the design proposals will then be submitted for planning approval, if required.
We will prepare the technical drawings and a specification and/or a schedule of works that will be used to price the tender and construct the building. We can then invite and appraise tenders from builders and administer the building contract on your behalf.
Throughout the construction phase we will administer your contract with the builder, carry out regular inspections, deal with queries, instruct any additional work required, monitor progress on site, keep track of cost, value the works and certify payments due to the builder.
When the project is ready to handover we will inspect and value the works and issue a certificate. The architect will be available after handover and during any defects period to arrange for certifying the final payment.
From large-scale mixed-use developments to the creation of new communities, we provide everything from conceptual proposals, to Urban Design strategies and viability appraisals, all based upon analysis, evaluation and engagement.
CDM (2015) Regulations were introduced to ensure that all aspects of health and safety are properly considered during the design development and construction process. In order to fulfil these duties under the regulations it is now necessary to appoint a ‘Principal Designer’ who will work with you and the ‘Principal Contractor’ to coordinate any health and safety matters. We will work with you throughout the pre-construction phase to take the lead in, advising, co-ordinating and managing health and safety considerations.