New projects are analysed and questioned from first principles and a scheme emerges through dialogue with clients and other stakeholders.
As the scheme develops it addresses clear needs and aspirations in an intelligent and creative way.
The primary medium is drawing and this is used to communicate and illustrate idea development, developed further this becomes a record for what has been created. Further development of these and that is used for statutory approvals. Finalised and together with technical specification it forms the base for procurement and delivery of the final product.
This thorough approach ensures that we can maximise value by identifying problems and their most effective resolution, focusing expenditure to where it is needed most. It also means that others who are involved in the process have the information that they need to make clear and effective decisions.
Our work stages are modelled around the RIBA plan of work where we aim to illustrate effective management of the work to be done in clearing each stage before moving onto the next.
STAGE 1 | BRIEFING AND OUTLINE PROPOSALS
Each project starts with your rough idea and aspiration. Architects are trained to interpret your ideas, test your ideas and assist in developing a brief and in assessing what may or may not be possible within given constraints. Some projects are complex and may require further desktop research in establishing what further constraints that may exist.
A full architects survey is undertaken to ensure accuracy of further work through the natural progression on the work stages below.
We will engage in a number of conversations to establish what the needs and aspirations of the project are and may put aside initial assumption in testing possible outcomes. We collaborate with you the client and this is what will turn your project into the unique bespoke design it can be.
The brief and ideas are then turned into concept proposals through sketches and possible models. At this stage we also consider options on materials for construction, will advise on the need for other consultants and the scope of their services.
Your budget will be discussed and feasibilty appraisal can be applied though past experience, through square meter rates or through initial costing if choosing to negotiating a building contract.
Target stage 1: is to have the idea on what to move forward with.
Stage 2 | SCHEME DESIGN AND PLANNING
This stage takes the outline proposals and develops them further into a format ready for a single planning application. These will form the base drawings for further development and will be developed regardless if planning permission is required or not.
We will always seek certificates of permitted development through formal application in securing this right where planning may not be required.
We are experienced in making applications in areas of the Green Belt, Conservation Areas and for listed buildings and may from time to time seek the collaboration of a Planning Consultant where applications are particularly complex.
Target stage 2 : is a planning submission to the local authority.
Stage 3 | DETAILED DESIGN AND BUILING REGULATIONS
This stage is to develop the technical information of how the project will be built and is usually undertaken after planning permission is granted.
Stages 3 and 4 tend to run concurrently for the sake of efficiency and in speeding up the process but can be separated depending on the service to be provided.
During this stage other consultants such as structural engineers become more involved and the building fabric and performance are developed and finalised. Other consultants may be for the preparation of SAP calculations which may be asked for in approving the thermal performance of the building.
Target stage 3 : is a submission for Building Regulations approval.
STAGE 4 | TECHNICAL DESIGN, TENDER DOCUMENTATION
This stage is to develop the information into a full set of tender documents for tenders to tender a lump sum fixed price contract. The documents need to be comprehensive in drawing general arrangement, details schedules and drawing specifications: in documents covering written specification, consultant documents and documents for the terms of tender, all for contractors to prepare full tenders. At this stage final decisions will need to have been made on materials and products and detailed for these elements to come together.
Target stage 4 is preparing a tender set of documents ready for issue to a number of builders to accurately cost \ or for a Quantity Surveyor (if used) to prepare a bill of quantities.
STAGE 5 | TENDER ACTION, CONSTRUCTION, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
Tenders will be called and on the selection of a contractor an contract will be formed between you and the contractor. The contract value will be recorded in the contract, will set out what needs to be built as listed in the documents of tender, will also set out the time allowed for the building project.
This is when operations on site can start and construction can commence.
We act as contract administrator throughout the construction period to ensure the contract is adhered to by both parties. We will have regular site meetings and monitor progress and quality of work. We will respond to queries and requests for information from the contractor, monitoring the financial aspects of the project and deal with any client variations.
There are 2 stages of completion:
We will decide if the project has reached 1 - Practical Completion and inspect the work to be ready for the client to use it for its intended purpose. The project will be inspected for defects and issue this for rectification. Final accounts will be reconciled, all statutory approvals certificates collected and close the contract down for the 2 - Final Completion.
We will ask for photo's to be taken on completion, these for our record and further marketing purposes.
IF NEGOTIATED CONTRACT - 1st BUDGET COSTING
IF NEGOTIATED CONTRACT - 2nd BUDGET COSTING
IF NEGOTIATED CONTRACT - 3rd BUDGET COSTING
IF NEGOTIATED CONTRACT - BUDGET COSTING CONFIRMED AND SIGNED INTO CONTRACT WITH PRE AGREED START DATE
IF TENDERED - FIRST INDICATION OF BUILDERS ACTUAL COSTING AND START DATE TO BE ESTABLISHED DEPENDING ON BUILDERS AVAILABILITY