Stage 0/1 – Preparation & Brief
After the initial consultation and an appointment as architect for the project has been made, a letter of agreement will be issued stating the services required, the architect’s fee, the statutory approvals necessary and whether any other consultants will be required. Once the agreement is in place we can begin an appraisal of the project and develop a Design Brief which incorporates the client’s requirements and ideas for the project and acts as a starting point for the initial designs.
Stage 2 – Concept Design
Following the Design Brief the concept sketches are prepared for discussion with the client. This is an exciting time when you will see the architects’ ideas for your project for the first time. The concept design will allow further clarity of thought on your needs and aspirations for the project.
Stage 3 – Developed Design
From the concept sketches and further discussions the detailed design can be developed which firms up on the spatial needs, the structure, the materials to be used and the building services strategy. On completion of the developed design the project will be ready to be submitted for planning approval.
Stage 4 – Technical Design
When planning approval is in the place the architect can then prepare the technical drawings and specification for the project. The Structural Engineer will complete their final designs and the energy consultant (should they be required) will provide the final calculations for the design. The project can then be submitted for Building Standards approval. At this stage the project can also be issued for tender inviting contractors to submit their costings for the project. Following Building Standards approval a contractor can be appointed and works can start on site.
Stage 5 – Construction
During the construction of the project the architect will administer the contract, carry out regular site visits monitoring quality and progress on site, deal with any queries that arise and provide certificates at certain stages of the build should they be required.
Stage 6 – Handover and Close Out
Following completion of the works the architect will carry out a final inspection, prepare a final certificate and apply to Building Standards for the completion certificate.
Whatever the size of project from the smallest extension to a large scale development the services provided can be tailored to meet your needs.
An architect goes beyond providing a set of drawings, they have had seven years professional training in bringing the clients project to life in an imaginative and creative way whilst ensuring your project meets all the technical and statutory requirements of a modern day build.