Our Process

How We Work

We are able to take a project from initial briefing to completion on site, interior installation and occupation. Nevertheless we tailor our scope of services to the specific needs of the client and project. Typically we progress through a series of workstages. An example of our architectural service is below ...


Concept Design

An intense period of project development to agree a detailed brief and graphically explore alternative design concepts - to be narrowed down to one preferred concept. The spatial and technical principles are substantially established at the end of this stage.

  • Sign off detailed brief
  • Definition of the proposals with preliminary, though sufficient detail to establish the logistics of the way forward
  • Advice on the need for statutory approvals

Planning

To refine and develop the concept design so that most of the major design decisions will have been made. 

  • Development of detailed proposals from approved concept proposals
  • Pre-application meeting with the Planning Department
  • Submission of application for planning permission and/or Lawful Development Certificate (see below)
  • Follow-up communication with T&C Planning
  • One design revision during the course of the application period if required

Technical Design

To prepare technical written and graphic documents that set out the requirements for constructing the project – so that the project can be put out to tender or negotiated with a preferred contractor. 

  • Co-ordination of consultant input
  • Provision of details and schedules for project budgeting
  • Preparation of technical design(s) and specifications, sufficient to coordinate components and elements of the project - with construction detailing - and for contract pricing
  • Approvals for samples, materials & finishes as required
  • Detailed drawings for the preparation of tender pricing documents

Tender / Construction

  1. Collate the technical written and graphic documents that set out the requirements for constructing the project – so that the project can be put out to tender or negotiated with a preferred contractor.
     
  2. Make the necessary contractual arrangements leading to a start on site, and to administer the building contract up to Practical Completion:
  • Appointment of main contractor
  • Administration of the building contract during operations
    • Monthly Interim Certificate for payment to the main contractor
    • Contract administration related to completion
  • Visits to the construction works to inspect generally the progress and quality of work
    • Minimum fortnightly site visits with additional visits if reasonably required
  • Provision of further information reasonably required for construction
  • Review of design information from contractors and/or specialists
  • Identification of defects and final inspections

Further Services

We can also act as:

  • Party Wall Surveyor (Party Wall etc. Act 1996)
  • Principal Designer (The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015)