We offer a full range of architectural services including pre-purchase surveys, feasibility studies, sketch designs, 3D visuals, planning applications, listed building consent applications, building warrant applications, preparation of full construction packages as well as managing the tender process and building contract during construction. We provide a tailored design service that goes way beyond a basic set of architectural plans.
We are ARB registered architects with a combined knowledge of 40+ years experience in the industry. We are members of the RIAS and our practice is RIAS chartered. We pride ourselves on providing a professional, client focussed service with attention to detail at all times. Read more about the reasons behind why you should use an RIAS chartered architect here.
In our role as the architect, we are the main point of contact for our clients and act as the lead consultant throughout the project. We can advise on the appointment of other consultants, such as structural engineers, quantity surveyors, building and land surveyors, archeologists and specialist surveys (such as asbestos). We have good working relationships with local builders and we can manage the tendering process to ensure you test the market and get the best price on offer.
In simple terms, construction projects can be split into 2 distinct phases; the design phase and the construction phase. Navigating this process can be complicated and is therefore split into 'stages' of work. Below, we have provided a short explanation of each stage of a typical DOMESTIC project.
DESIGN PHASE: STAGE 0-6
Stage 0 - Initial Consultation When you first contact us, we suggest either a conversation over the phone or a zoom call (which we offer free of charge) in order to help identify your aspirations, your needs and your budget. Following on from this, we can carry out an initial consultation (1 hour) which involves us visiting your home (or site) in order to meet with you, carry out a visual inspection of the site/building and discuss the brief in further detail. After this meeting we would then return to the office and write a bespoke fee proposal for our services, this would include advice on statutory approvals required, the appointment of consultants as well as a full break down of our fees. We charge £50 for the initial consultation in order to cover our time and mileage costs (assuming it is within 30 minutes drive), however this is reimbursed to you should you decide to proceed with Stage 1 & 2.
Stage 1 & 2 - Briefing and Initial Design During this stage we look in detail at the options that may be possible, this will include us surveying the existing building, (or organising a digital survey depending on size of property) and the preparation of the existing drawings. We then prepare the sketch design proposals and 3D model, (the 3D model is optional), this usually involves producing 2-3 options for discussion. We meet with you and take onboard any comments or changes you would like to make. Once a preferred option has been identified, we then assist with the appointment of a Quantity Surveyor who will carry out a Budget Cost Estimate based on the preferred scheme. The results of Stage 1 & 2 will allow you to make an informed decision regarding the scope of works, before proceeding with the more detailed design stages.
Stage 3 - Planning Application At this point you will have identified your preferred option, you will have obtained cost advice and you will now be ready to obtain planning approval from your local authority (council). We will develop the detailed design drawings and produce a full set of 2D drawings. We then prepare and submit the planning application forms on your behalf. The normal response time is 8 weeks, but this can vary greatly depending on the type of project, historic status, conservation area, local authority workloads, etc.
Stage 4 - Building Warrant
Stage 5/6 - Construction Documentation and Tendering
CONSTRUCTION PHASE: STAGE 7-8
Stage 7 - Construction