A - FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION
Free initial consultation to discuss your ideas, begin formulating a brief and, if appropriate view the property.
B - FEASIBILITY, CONCEPT DESIGN AND MEASURED SURVEYS
Finalise and agree brief, undertake measured surveys and produce existing survey drawings of the property. Explore and develop project ideas with sketches and agree on a final design solution. If appropriate enter into initial discussions with the Local Authority Planning Department and possibly other statutory bodies.
C - PLANNING PERMISSION
If required apply for Planning Permission, Listed Building Consent or Conservation Area Consent. This will require bringing the Concept Design drawings up to the appropriate standard and produce other reports and documents. For some types of projects, such as some categories of domestic extensions, the work may be carried out without planning approval under permitted development rights: In these circumstances it may be advisable obtaining a Certificate of Lawful Development.
D - BUILDING REGULATIONS APPLICATION
Apply for Building Regulations Approval: This will require project drawings with adequate information and construction detail to show how the proposed scheme will comply with the Building Regulations. Usually the input of other consultants will be required at this stage, typically a structural engineer.
E - PROJECT TENDERING
We will advise you about of appropriate contracts to use with your builder. Traditional forms of construction contracts set out the responsibilities and rights of clients and building contractor with the architect acting as the contract administrator. We will advise you of suitable building contractors to seek quotations from (or tenders). We will arrange the project drawings into tender packages upon which contractors will base their quotations. If necessary we will produce additional documents such as specifications or schedules of work. Upon return of tenders we will advise you on selecting the most appropriate contractor. Alternatively a different form of procurement may be used such as sourcing different trades separately with a project manager to coordinate the works and manage the site.
F - CONSTRUCTION
We will periodically monitor the works on site with inspections and progress meetings, reporting any problems or significant developments back to you. If appropriate we will issue valuations of the work on site and certify payments. We will also enter into discussions with the local authority on planning or building regulations matters that relate to design issues.
G - POST-CONSTRUCTION
We will inspect the work at the end of the project and list snagging items that need further attention from the contractor before we can issue a Certificate of Practical Completion or, if necessary, a Certificate of Non-completion.
Following Practical Completion there follows a period of six to twelve months called the Defects Period in which the contractor is obliged to return to site and make good any further problems with the construction that have come to light. At the end of this period we will issue a Certificate of Final Completion to the contractor. We will also seek feedback from the client about their experience of the completed project.
Construction projects can be broken down into a number of stages.
Architectural services can be procured in a number of ways encompassing some or all of the below stages. For instance we can provide a design only stage to Planning stage C, or to Building Regulations stage D. Alternatively where a traditional construction contract, with the architect acting as contract administrator, is not being used we can be retained in Construction stage F in an advisory capacity.
The below project stages roughly correspond to those set out by the RIBA Plan of Work which would be used to structure larger projects.
We can provide other services not contained within the traditional project structure. Please get in contact to see if we can help.