Brief & Feasibility
RIBA Stages 0-1
All projects whether a small domestic extension or a large commercial development involve significant time, energy and cost. It is therefore fundamental that a detailed brief is established at an early stage in order that all parties can progress with confidence and with a clear understanding of the process.
Following initial contact and discussions we will look to visit site and undertake research regards the background of the site in order to fully assess the constraints and opportunities. We will then advise you on the potential of the site with a view to agreeing the scope of services and our appointment. We will also outline other consultants which may be required, for example an ecologist or tree surveyor.
Once appointed we will then begin a collaborative process with yourselves which seeks to explore and establish your aspirations with a view to surpassing them and maximising the potential of the site. This will start with initial sketch proposals and feasibility studies for your consideration and discussion.
RIBA Stage 4
Upon the granting of a successful planning application we are then able to assist with the realisation of your project on site. Again, working closely with all our clients, we are able to assist with the first stage post planning of securing Building Regulations approval.
Following the granting of Building Regulations approval we are able to then tailor our service to suit the individual clients needs. We are able to provide a full traditional service providing fully detailed working drawing packages to aid construction or a more focused, bespoke service.
Appointing an architect to provide services beyond Building Control Approval has many benefits and ultimately will enable the client to minimise risks and 'unknowns' before the contractor starts on site. By providing detailed and co-ordinated construction information and drawings to the contractor they are able to provide a more accurate and robust cost estimate at tender stage which in turn reduces potential extra costs when on site.
Concept Design & Planning
RIBA Stages 2-3
Following the initial feasibility study we would look to investigate the site in more depth in line with your brief and aspirations. This will include a site visit to assess in detail the current use, condition and wider context. We would also advise on the need and procurement of a topographical survey of the site and measured surveys of any existing buildings.
Having fully considered the proposed site and context we would then look to start developing concept proposals. We look to liaise with the client on a regular basis during the design process in order that all parties are fully engaged and informed resulting in schemes which are well considered, contextual and ultimately surpass the clients aspirations.
RIBA Stages 5-6
Upon the completion of the detailed construction information, tender process and ultimatley appointment of a suitable contractor we are able to assist and help guide your project whilst it is on site. Acting in our traditional role as Contract Administrator (traditionally working on behalf of the client we administer the contract between you and the contractor) we provide a single point of contact answering any site queries and helping to manage any changes on site.
Throughout the works on site we are able to not only manage any changes there may be but also ensure that the works are completed in line with the approved construction drawings. We are able to assist the contractor should any unforeseen issues arise and also advise the client on options should changes be necessary. Through a proactive and practical approach we look to ensure that all schemes are completed to the highest standards.