We offer a personal and hands-on service from inception to completion of all projects with attention to detail, budget and schedule.
Services Offered include:
Free Initial Consultation
Full architectural service
Advice on feasibility
Planning, Building Regulations and Statutory permissions
Detailed design and production information
Joinery design and FFE services
Tendering and negotiating prices with builders
Administering Building Contracts
On site management of your project
CGI Visualisations and 3D design
Our "full architectural service" spans the feasibility, design, planning, procurement and construction phases of any project.
We enjoy strong relationships with planning consultations, interior designers, suppliers, furniture and kitchen designers, AV specialists, quantity surveyors and builders to enable our clients to cover all aspects of their project.
As Contract Administrator and Project Architect during the construction phases we will manage the project through to completion and beyond, ensuring the smooth delivery of your project.
A core part of the implementation and procurement of a project are informative, detailed and coordinated drawings and packages of information.
Please click on the images to the right for some examples of our work.
As part of our service we usually produce computer generated images (or 'artists impressions') as part of the design process. These serve as a useful tool both for the design of a project itself but also as a way of visualising a proposal.
THE BUILDING PROCESS
There are normally 4 main stages in most (residential) building projects:
a) Concept Design. Once instructed we will prepare a survey of the building or site and produce feasibility or sketch designs for discussion. We may also have informal discussions with the local authority and will carry out checks to ensure there are no sewers or undergound services that might affect your project.
b) Planning Permission. Once a scheme has been agreed, if necessary we will prepare and submit a planning and/or listed building consent application to the local authority for approval. (It should be noted that there can be no guarantee that consent will be granted.)
c) Detailed/Technical design, procurement and Building Regulations. The next stages are to prepare coordinated architectural, structural and building services designs for pricing by builders. Following this the packages of information are submitted to the local authority (or an Approved Inspector) for Building Regulations Approval.
d) The building contract on site: We will usually act as ‘Contract Administrator' and will visit site on a regular basis – usually fortnightly - to check on progress and to answer queries from the builder up to ‘practical completion’. Usually a formal minuted site meeting will take place monthly.
All projects are different. However, a general rule of thumb for a full refurbishment of a family house is that the measured survey and initial scheme is one month; refining the scheme another month; detailing the scheme - together with discussions with the clients and other consultants - between three and six months.
The building works, depending on scope will be between six and twelve months. The planning application process will usually run concurrently.
Larger and more complex projects (eg. subterranean extensions) can take signficiantly longer.
When providing a 'full architectural service' our fees will usually be a lump sum calculated as a percentage of the final cost of the building work. The percentage depends on the type and complexity of the project and is usually between 12-15%.
We will normally charge on a ‘time-spent’ basis for the early stages (up to planning) of a project. Note that the time-based fees will normally be set against the overall percentage fee.
Following this and before the project starts on site we will usually switch to the percentage fee which will be based on the most up to date current cost information - as calculated by a quantity surveyor or reputable building company - for the whole project up to completion.
Expenses such as traveling and printing and unusual postage expenses are usually added to our fee. Any disbursements (eg. planning application fees) are not included in our fee)
Please note VAT is also payable on most types of building work.