Architectural Services

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Consultation & Fee Proposal

STAGE 0-1 / Strategic Definition, Preparation and Brief

A fee proposal for architectural services 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, photos and possibly your own sketch ideas / images to help us understand what you want to achieve. We will require a rough brief of the works you intend on undertaking.

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Measured Surveys

- Stage 0-1 plus -

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 also important as this may impact the planning application.

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Sketch Scheme

- Stage 2 / Concept Design -

The best method to gauge the client requirement and agree a layout +  concept is via a sketch scheme. We take the client brief and propose a number of options that best 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. Sometimes it may be worth having a 3D model produced to assess the volumes proposed.

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Planning or CPL Submission

- Stage 3 / Developed Design -

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.

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Building Regulation Drawings + Submission & Tender

- Stage 4 / Technical Design -

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 serve the council a Building Notice.
This will generally be sufficient information for the builder to price the shell and core of the proposal, however schedule of works may be required on more complex projects.
Once the scope / design is agreed with the client in the form of a tender pack, the information can then be submitted to a number of builders.

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Architecturally Designed Interiors

- Stage 4 plus -

When an Architectural Designed interior is required; a Detailed design pack is recommended. 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 joinery fit out, and included within the Tender Pack.

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Contract Administration / Construction

- Stage 5-7 / Construction, Handover, In Use -

If required, we can offer to act as contract administrator / the middle man between Builder and Client. We will manage the payments to the builder via weekly or fortnightly valuations, We'll keep a close eye on quality of workmanship, Answer design queries, and update the client on progress.
On practical completion, the works will be inspected and signed off with required certification as per the chosen contract.