Architecture Planning & Design
In order to help you decide whether and which architect to use we wanted to put together a summarised checklist of things an architect can do for you so that you know what to expect. You can find the list at the bottom of the page.
Starting your project off with a detailed plan that takes into account the purpose of the build & how you want it to look and feel is crucial to ensuring that the end product matches your vision and that the construction itself is as steady and smooth as possible to meet deadlines. We want to work closely with you at this stage to help you make the most informed decision possible and can help you identify risks, costs, cost savings and opportunities that you may not have been aware of. Careful planning from the beginning of a project can save you major costs and delays further down the line!
At our initial conversation, our priority is to understand your needs, the purpose of the build and your ideas for the end result. At this point we understand that you're looking to engage a trusted partner to look after your investment and so there is no such thing as too many questions! We're happy to walk you through some previous projects, discuss some potential pitfalls, next steps and fees. An item to keep in mind when selecting your architectural partner is to ensure that they have PI Insurance. RIBA legally requires all of their members be insured. While it's never pleasant to think about problems that your investment could face, ensuring its security is never wasted.
At this stage you might want us to undertake some site visits, historic research on the building or site or prepare a master plan, which we are happy to undertake.
Thereafter its usual to get a number of "options" sketch drawings to help you fine-tune your design, these are often quite varied to give you a broader range of choices and it often happens that elements from multiple options are incorporated into the final design. These "options" drawings could include some site visits to help refine it. Once you've picked the design that suits your investment best we will then draft these into more detailed plans. These plans will give a good idea of what the building will look like after construction and review at this stage is critical to ensure that the end result is going to be the desired one. This extra review might mean that the plan needs some alteration at this point but once finalised we then submit the plans to the planner. It's important to be aware that while every effort to submit plans compliant with planning policy is made, the planners can and do come back with alterations and comments.
Once the plans are approved we move into the technical design phase of the project. You can read more about the services we offer and what you can expect next on our "Technical Design" services page.
Services in the Concept & Design phase of your investment:
1. Initial conversation & site visit;
2. Rough "options" sketches
3. Developed Design
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