Consultation + Quote
A quote can be provided remotely most of the time for the first stages – survey, sketch schemes & planning submission. In order to do so, we will generally ask for any current details you may have, such the site address, existing plans and photos. We will also require a rough brief of the works you intend on undertaking.
A detailed survey is the first step for any project. Any error can cause an effect later on in the works, so it is very important to get this right form the start. The site will be thoroughly measured and all services indicated. Observations of the neighbouring buildings and street is important too as any proposed works must not have too great an impact on them.
The best method to gauge the client requirement is via a sketch scheme. We take the client brief and propose a number of options that match this scheme, but also provide alternate options that will not have been considered. We provide all necessary plans and sketches in order to convey our ideas. The sketch scheme will generally depict the layout of the space required, and the flow of space, and usage.
Planning or CPL Submission
Much of the time - it is possible to build within permitted development rights which can help reduce the lead time to commence with the building works, and save on costs. It is advisable to apply for a certificate of lawfulness in this case, though not essential.
Generally you will be able to gain more space from a planning application which can add more value. The planning drawings will consist of existing & proposed plans, elevations and sections, as well as a site + block plan. Other documents may be required for a submission such as a design and access statement or possibly a tree report, or flood risk assessment. By this point, we may need to appoint a number of consultants for various reports which will aid the planning submission.
A Listed buildings application will likely require a lot more input and to-and-fro with the council and other authorities such as Historicengland.
Building Regulation Drawings + Submission
A detailed set of drawings will be produced including everything required in order to gain approval from your Local council / Approved inspector. Plans, Sections, Elevations, Details will be produced to include the construction build-ups of each element. Building regulation notes will be added to the drawings.
We will work closely with the appointed structural engineer in order to update the drawings with a coordinated structure.
This set of drawings/information can either be submitted to the council as a Full Plans Application before construction commences, or utilized by the builder who will give the council a Building Notice.
Tender Pack - Detailed Design
When an Architectural Designed interior is required and a fixed quote from a builder; a Detailed design pack is necessary. This will include further developed drawings which allow for internal elevations, joinery drawings, kitchen designs, bathroom designs, floor tile designs, staircase designs etc.
We offer to produce further schedules such a specification of materials, fixtures, fittings, finishes, etc. Sanitaryware schedule, ironmongery schedules, window/door schedules will be produced. We will obtain quotes from all relevant sub-contractors - ie for aluminium framed windows. A schedule of works will be produced which will describing each stage of the works, allowing the builder to price against.
We take pride in our detailing skills and insist on providing a high level of detail which will be reflected in the end result. The more detail added at this stage will result in the project running smoother during construction.
We are also happy to be involved with any interior design aspect which can be dealt with at this stage or during construction. Mood boards are the best way to get a feel for a non-live project. Materials, paints, fixtures can be put together to give you the best interpretation of what it will be like.
Contract Administration / Construction