Architectural Services

How we work

We base this model on the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) plan of works.

1) Initial meeting

  • Meet the client
  • Get to understand the site
  • Listen to the client
  • Understand the client’s requirements and aspirations

2) Preparation and Brief

  • Assessment of the site
  • Identify opportunities and restrictions
  • Identify spatial requirements
  • Work out a budget
  • Determine design team e.g. Structural Engineer, Electrical Engineer
  • Determine procurement route, i.e. role of Architect, Client and Contractor and type of contract

3) Concept Design

  • Measured survey of existing, plans and elevations as required. A third party may do this if it is economical to do so.
  • Sketch design including plans, elevations and 3d model as required

4) Development Design

  • Once the sketch plan is agreed a more developed design is produced which will generate sufficient information to be able to submit for planning
  • Further information will be produced for listed building or conservation area consent if required

5) Technical Design

  • The drawings from the development design are worked to a higher level of detail sufficient to give enough information for the construction strategy and for building regulations requirements.
  • This information will also be used for the tendering process.

6) Construction

  • Putting work out to tender to a number of building contractors
  • Advising on contractor selection
  • Administrating contract
  • Project Management

7) Hand over and conclusion of building contract

  • Signing off all the works
  • Checking for defects and rectifying snagging list after agreed period
  • Handing over all documents such as guarantees, warrantees and instruction manuals

The client can choose how many of these stages is required.