Stage 0 / Strategic Definition
Following your initial enquiry we will visit the site and meet with you to discuss the project and your requirements. In this initial meeting we will also discuss your budget, and timescales for the project; as well as explaining which services we can provide and which services are appropriate for your project. Following the initial meeting we will compile a fee proposal and a schedule of services which – if agreed – will form the basis of our appointment as your architect. Generally speaking we do not charge for services at the pre-appointment stage.
Stage 1 / Preparation & Brief
This is the most important part of the project and where the architect can add the most value. The architect will undertake some preliminary appraisals to assess the options and feasibility of the project.
This can range from a sketch design solution to a full feasibility study and will enable you to decide on the best way forward. They will identify the need for any approvals and other consultants, most commonly a structural engineer.
Stage 2 / Concept Design
Using the initial project brief the architect will develop outline proposals. An architect will present a number of initial concepts for you to choose from. They will also liaise with local planners as a priority.
The final design brief should reflect your aspirations and provide you with a home that adds value and improves your quality of life.
Stage 3 / Developed Design
The architect will spend more time at this stage transforming ideas into something that can be built. This includes coordinating the work of other consultants into the designs.
Once agreed, between you, the design proposals will then be submitted for planning approval, if required.
Stage 4 / Technical Design
Now the architect will prepare the technical drawings, specifications and a schedule of works that will be used to construct the building. You will now have sufficient information to approach builders for competitive tendering.
An architect can act as the contract administrator – inviting and appraising tenders, then managing the building contract on your behalf.
Stage 5 / Construction
Throughout the construction phase the architect can manage the project to ensure it is delivered on time and on budget.
Stage 6 / Handover & Close Out
The architect will carry out inspections and issue final certification. They will finalise the contract administration and will formally hand over the building to you.
Stage 7 / In Use
Utilising the defects liability period to undertake ‘In Use’ analysis in accordance with the requirements of the client’s initial brief.