The practice offers its services in 5 stages of work
Stage 1 is conceptual design stage, exploring in an schematic mode the briefs and requirements brought by our clients, various proposals are explored and put forwards for consideration. Other tasks at this stage include:
- Preliminary meeting with, Planning, Building Control and Conservation Officers at the relevant Local Authority to explain the nature of the proposed project.
- Collect information about the site, and possible impact of the proposed works on the house/building itself and surroundings.
- Carry out a photographic and measurement survey of the house/building and adjacent exterior areas.
- Prepare drawings of house/building and site as existing.
Stage 2 based in a chosen alternative the project then is developed for the purposes of submitting for planning approval. Tasks include:
- Contact Planning and Conservation Officer to receive feedback regarding the chosen alternative for the proposed project.
- Produce drawings for Planning Application, Listed Building Consents or for Certificates of Lawfulness. Plans, elevations and sections as requested by the authorities, scale 1:1250 for the location plan and or 1:100 for other plans.
- Establish preliminary links with consultants, Depending on the complexity and locations of the proposals, In some instances there is a need to include in the application, structural, contamination of the land, and wild life reports, or to include a landscape proposal.
- Establish preliminary links with building manufacturers or suppliers.
Stage 3 is a detailed stage were the plans and other information is prepared for two objectives: submission of drawings or Building Regulation approval and to submit drawings to prospective builders or contractors. Tasks include:
- Produce drawings to apply for Building Regulations Approval. Prepare Building Regulation Notes plus plans, elevations, sections and details, using scales 1: 1:20, 1:10, etc.
- Co-ordinate drawings with building manufacturers and suppliers.
- Prepare building specifications.
- Co-ordinate proposed works with other consultants such as Structural Engineers, etc.
- Produce detailed drawings
- Submit drawings and specifications for Building Regulations Approval.
Stage 4 detailed drawings are submitted for tendering action so that accurate costs for the construction can be calculated and a contract can be drawn with a chosen builder or contractor. Tasks include:
- Decide procurement method and contract type.
- Contact local builders to submit final estimates for the works.
- Prepare documentation for tendering and send contract documents to contractors.
- Negotiate if necessary, a price with a particular builder,
- Appoint of sub-contractors, when required, for specialized elements of the construction process.
- Choose builder and subcontractors who would be in charge of all construction work.
Stage 5 acting as the architects for the project our role is to inspect the progress of the construction stage, issue payment certificates and relevant certificates, until the work is completed: Tasks include:
- Prepare Contract document for signing.
- Issue information to contractor to proceed with the works on site.
- Issue certificates and instructions as required by the contract.
- Check that the project is executed in accordance to the drawings and specifications.
- Liaise with the Local Authority on matters related to Building Control and the Building Regulations applicable to the project
- Inspect the works on site and progress of work.
- Issue progress payment certificates and practical completion certificate.
- Issue final certificate confirming that the works have been finally completed
The above stages are based in the RIBA Stages of Works