A Summary of the Build Process
From a small extension, a new build house to a large commercial development there is a process which must be followed to ensure a successful build.
For a project be it small or large, you should put together a project brief. This is essentially a list of your requirements and desires for the project. It is also useful if a budget can be established at this stage. It is better to be upfront at this stage with your architect and could avoid disappointment at a further stage in the project.
Once you have put together a project brief and budget it’s time to make an appointment with an architect. Generally, the first meeting with an architect will be a free consultation. From there the architect will prepare a fee quote based on the service required.
On acceptance of the fee quote the architect will explore the brief and provide you with designs for the project which can then be discussed to achieve the best outcome for the project.
When an agreed design is in place the next process is to apply for Planning Permission. An architect will guide you through this process.
Following Planning Approval the next stage is to apply for a Building Warrant. Your architect will prepare technical drawings & specifications which will be approved by Building Standards to ensure that they meet the current building regulations. It is more than likely at this stage that you will also require a Structural Engineer and Energy consultant.
When Building Warrant is granted the drawings can then be issued to contractors for pricing. Again, an architect will assist you this process and the formal appointment of a contractor can take place.
The next stage is the construction of the project and the architect will play a key role ensuring that the project is built in timeous fashion and to meet the drawings and specifications.
Following completion of the build the architect will be there to inspect the works and certify the final payments. An application to Building Standards for a completion certificate will also be made to allow you to use the development.
As you can see from the brief summary of the project process above the architect provides a key role, not only in providing a design but also as an administrator and guide throughout the whole development.