PLAN OF WORK
Our aim is to provide architecture of the highest quality with a professional and friendly service tailored to each client’s individual requirements. Using the approach outlined in the RIBA Plan of Work we will work with you to gain an understanding of your needs and aspirations for your building. We will then apply our artistic and technical skills with the aim of achieving an attractive, energy efficient building which is above all fit for purpose. Below you will find outlined the various procedural stages we may undertake which are fully discussed and agreed as the project progresses.
We will provide a fee quotation for your project based on the following architect’s design services in full or in part in accordance with the RIBA plan of work.
STAGE 1: PREPARATION OF BRIEF
DEVELOP THE DESIGN BRIEF
This includes developing an understanding about the space requirements, but also starts to consider important factors such as budget, site, and procurement, in context with the your aims for the project.
STAGE 2: CONCEPT DESIGN
OUTLINE DESIGN PROPOSALS
This involves the preparation of sketch designs which will explore and challenge your brief. This can include 2D coloured floor plans and elevations and if required images from the human perspective allowing an understanding of the 3-dimensional space, including aspects such as light, volume, shadow, proportion and materials.
STAGE 3: DEVELOPED DESIGN
DEVELOPMENT OF OUTLINE DESIGN PROPOSALS
PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMISSION
During this stage the conceptual drawings will be further developed, with the aim of making a submission for Planning Permission to the local authority, which usually occurs at the conclusion of this stage. At this point the specification of materials to the exterior of a project will be further considered, before being submitted as part of the planning application if required.
STAGE 4: TECHNICAL DESIGN
BUILDING WARRANT SUBMISSION
On receiving a successful planning approval an application for Building Warrant Approval is required to be submitted to the local authority. This stage introduces the technical aspects of the building, external envelope, structural integrity and environmental and building services design. We can act as lead consultant responsible for co-ordinating the work of other consultants which may include Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Structural Engineers, Interior Designers as well as Quantity Surveyors and ensure that all information is incorporated into the technical design of the project.
As this stage progresses you will be regularly updated and we can discuss any on-going considerations and any changes to the budget and project schedule. We can also help you decide how you would like to procure the building. If this is by means of a main contractor, we regularly arrange meetings with suitable firms and can organise visits to some of their previous projects.
STAGE 5: CONSTRUCTION
PREPARATION OF PRODUCTION DRAWINGS, SCHEDULES AND SPECIFICATIONS
DISTRIBUTION OF TENDER INVITATIONS TO APPROVED CONTRACTORS
APPRAISAL OF TENDERS SUBMITTED
PREPARATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF BUILDING CONTRACT BETWEEN CLIENT AND CONTRACTOR
SITE INSPECTION, VALUATIONS AND CERTIFICATION OF SITE WORKS
This stage covers the construction phase of the project and depending on the services we are engaged to provide, we may have differing levels of involvement with your project. Our service under a traditional procurement route would see us adopt the role of Contract Administrator. We can administer the chosen building contract between you and the Contractor and continue to coordinate the input of other Consultants who form part of the design team. Visit the project at agreed intervals, to inspect the works, and comment on workmanship, progress, to ensure that the works are in accordance with the agreed drawings. As part of our contract administration role we control any variations you may wish to make to the works, in addition to providing regular certificates for each stage of construction.
This is a very exciting stage of the project and we can help you navigate the construction phase as you watch your project take shape. Collaboration between all parties is crucial, and we will actively promote a strong working relationship with your chosen contractor as this can greatly contribute to the quality of your finished building.
STAGE 6: HANDOVER AND CLOSE OUT
BUILDING HAND OVER AND CONCLUDE BUILDING CONTRACT
This is when you take possession of the building you have commissioned. As part of a standard building contract we will also bring the contract to completion once any required snagging works have been put good at the end of a defects liability period, and issue the final Completion Certificate for the project.