This is an outline of the services that we can provide. Full details of the services along with the terms and conditions will be specific to your project. They will be itemised and agreed with you.
You can commission us for any of the stages you need for your project.
The RIBA’s ‘Plan of Work 2013’ sets out the key stages of a construction project from conception to completion – www.ribaplanofwork.com
Stage 1 – Feasibility Study
This is the most important part of the project and where we can add the most value. We will undertake some preliminary appraisals to assess the options and feasibility of the project. This can range from a sketch design solution to a full feasibility study and will enable you to decide on the best way forward. We will identify the need for any approvals and other consultants, most commonly a structural engineer.
Stage 2 – Concept Design
Using the initial project brief we will develop outline proposals. We will present a number of initial concepts for you to choose from. The final design brief should reflect your aspirations and provide you with a home that adds value and improves your quality of life.
Stage 3 – Spatial Coordination
We will spend more time at this stage transforming ideas into something that can be built. This includes coordinating the work of other consultants into the designs. Once agreed, the design proposals will then be submitted for planning approval, if required.
Stage 4 – Technical Design
We will now prepare the technical drawings and a specification that will be used to price the tender and construct the building. We will then invite and appraise tenders from builders and administer the building contract on your behalf.
Stage 5 – Construction
Throughout the construction phase, we will administer your contract with the builder, carry out regular inspections, deal with queries, instruct any additional work required, monitor progress on site, keep track of cost, value the works and certify payments due to the builder. When the project is ready to handover we will inspect and value the works and issue a certificate.
Stage 6 – Defects Liability Period
The architect will be available after handover and during any defects period to arrange for certifying the final payment.