The Way We Work
When it comes to the project, the services we provide vary depending on the type, size, complexity and requirements of the client. Our fees are specifically tailored to the individual project and client’s needs which allow us to charge a rate that is very competitive.
We are able to take your project from conception to completion with our innovative and practical approach and the way we work and the key stages in a project are laid out here below. We can do all or a selection of stages to suit client requirements.
Engagement and Brief
Planning Drawings and Application to Local Authority
Building Regulation Drawings and Application to Local Authority
Specification, Construction Drawings / Tender Action
Contract Administration / Site Inspection
Completion and Hand Over
This is in accordance with the RIBA Plan of work 2013, an important set of Architects’ guidelines that helps form the foundation a successful project plan and can be used for all sizes and type of project. This plan breaks the works down to 8 eight key stages,
0. Strategic Definition
1. Preparation and Brief
2. Concept Design
3. Developed Design
4. Technical Design
6. Handover and Close Out
7. In Use
For further information, you can follow this link: RIBA Plan of work 2013
Our work is normally undertaken using AutoCAD drafting software providing accurate prompt work of the highest standard. If the client requires, we can provide 3D visualisation of the project.
This has proved very useful at highlighting changes in style and design that have benefitted the client.
Example - Plan of Works for a Small Project.
Design & Planning Approval
An example of a small project would be a rear extension, a loft conversion or even a small new build i.e. a house.
A normal plan of work would include works stages 1~3. A planning application may be required and would be submitted at Stage 3. Developed Design
The Local Authority normally require eight weeks to make a final decision on whether this can go ahead. If refused, the project may still be able to go ahead. An appeal can be lodged with the Planning Inspectorate, but this can take six months or longer and may still be rejected. Alternatively, the project can be redesigned to suit and resubmitted to the council.
Technical Design & Building Regulation
3D Modelling & Illustration
Planning Drawings & Applications
Design & Access Statements
Building Regulations Drawings
Building Regulations Application
Tender Action & Advise
Extensions (Rear, Side, Outhouse)
Once planning permission is obtained, the next is Stage is Stage 4 Technical Design. This includes obtaining proper specifications and drawings for Building Regulation approval. Once received, although sometimes further construction drawing may be required, a contractor will be able to build the project.
On Site & Construction
The next stage, is Stage 5 Construction and this generally includes Contract Administration, Site inspection and generally ensuring the building it built in accordance with the contact and plans etc.
Stage 6 Hand Over and Close Out is the conclusion of the building works and generally includes Contract Administration, Site inspection, snagging and orchestrating the hand over back to the client. This is the final checks that the building is ready to give back to the client and the contractor is finished.
Beyond the hand over there may be further Contract Administration required which could include instructing rectification works if any defects appear and the final payments due to the contractor.