- We meet with you to agree your brief and create a written reflection of your proposed works in order to assist in the development of our design proposals, the feasibility of the project and establish a realistic budget.
- If necessary, we will commission a measured survey to create scale drawings of your property and introduce ‘early stage’ consultants who may assist with the project, such as planning consultants or historic building consultants, dependant on your brief.
Feasibility and Appraisal
RIBA Stage 1
RIBA Stage 2
- Working with you, we will prepare sketch designs that may be developed into detailed design proposals to meet your brief. If appropriate we will challenge the brief with alternative solutions and ideas to ensure all avenues have been explored.
- Working with you, we aim to develop the best proposal in a collaborative, imaginative and cost effective manner.
- If required, we will obtain budget estimates for the anticipated construction costs from quantity surveyors and contractors.
Planning and Other Consents
RIBA Stage 3
- We will guide you through the approvals process.
- We will collate, prepare and complete information for a pre-planning application submission, a Planning submission and/or a Listed Building consent application to the Local Authority, as required. If necessary, will also prepare any associated applications for freeholder licences and apply for Building Regulation Approval.
RIBA Stage 4
- We produce the necessary drawn and written information in order to obtain an accurate, detailed set of quotations for the proposed building works in a competitive tender.
- We assist in putting together a tender list of suitable Contractors, undertake interviews, if required, and have established relationships with a number of high-quality builders to carry out the work.
Construction and Project Management
RIBA Stage 5-7
- We monitor the agreed works against benchmarked quality standards and against an agreed programme and we cost and liaise with other specialists as required, to oversee the construction.
- We administer the building contract, dealing with any issues that arise on a daily basis.
(How long will it take?)
No two projects are the same, however once we have agreed your brief we will be able to map out a timeline for you to consider. As an example:
Feasibility: 2-3 weeks
Scheme design: A minimum of 4 weeks.
Planning: To draw up a planning application from an agreed design takes 2 weeks. Planners have 8 weeks in which to determine the application.
Stage 4 detailed design package: 6-8 weeks
Price from a Tendering Contractor: 4 weeks
Construction: The contract duration is defined by the size of the project
(How we help?)
We can help with all approval submissions.
The planning process ensures that any new development will fit with national and local policy. Prior to works commencing, all relevant approvals must be in place.
Planning and Listed Building Consent, as required, and any associated reports and documents which may be necessary to support the application – and we have an extensive resource of specialist consultants we can call upon if needed.
Licence to Alter: Depending on the property it may be necessary to obtain landlord or freeholder consent prior to undertaking the works.
Building Regulation Submission: Building Regulation Approval ensure that any building works and subsequent building is structurally sound, healthy, accessible and environmentally responsible.
(Who else will you need?)
Depending on the complexity and the legislative requirements of your project you may need to appoint additional specialist consultants. These may include: Planning Consultant, Historic Building Consultant, Structural Engineer, Services engineer, Quantity surveyor, Party Wall surveyor, Project Manager, Lighting Consultant, Interior Designer, etc.
All consultants are appointed direct by the client, although it is usually the architects role to co-ordinate other consultant information, as well as leading the design team. We are able to tender lists of consultants with whom we have had successful working relationships with on previous projects.