How We Work
Every project is unique and here we give a general guide to our approach.
Each and every project is different however good design, we believe, relies on the architect fully understanding the client’s brief to be clear about their aims, desires and objectives and budget constraints. We then bring our knowledge of construction and environmental matters to bear upon the proposal in order that we can develop a solution. At this stage of the project we undertake a detailed measured survey of the area of the site or building if it is an extension or refurbishment. We bring our experience on sustainable design, general architectural design and urban design where appropriate, to ensure that a thorough analysis is done and a well-considered solution is achieved.
The presentation of this stage of the project to the client is usually undertaken with a hand-drawn sketch but based upon an accurate computer survey. Once this is agreed with the client, any Planning application, Listed Building Consent is prepared on the computer using architectural software including a Design & Access Statement. We liaise with the Planning authority prior to making the application, as well as post-application to deal with any issues that may arise. Once Planning approval is granted we proceed to the next stage to prepare the scheme for construction.
We are experienced in working in a number of ways, either the traditional route of producing a detailed package of information and specification and drawings for tender to contractors or a Design-Build route if required. We also negotiate with contractors where required. Once the contractor has been appointed, we undertake the site supervision and contract administration. When the contract has been completed we undertake the snagging at the end of the Defects Liability Period and finally sign the project off.