1. 1Initial Contact

    Initial Contact

    We meet with our prospective clients to discuss their desires and aspirations for their project.

    Evaluate the site and its constraints.

    We then make some initial suggestions and advise the client as to how we would move the project forward.

    Discuss the budget. This is a very important aspect of any project as without this, we will be unable to develop a meaningful design brief.  We assess all projects in terms of financial investment against end product and advise the client accordingly.

  2. 2The Brief

    The Brief

    The brief informs the appointed design team of the parameters for the performance of the project and focuses the client on what is to be achieved.  To do this we take a holistic approach considering the client’s aspirations, site constraints and budget to outline what is important to both the client and the built environment.  The artistic flair and vision of our design team often produces ideas not thought of by the client.  Therefore, in order to avoid compromising the initial desires of the client, it is necessary to investigate their true aspirations to produce a well-considered design brief.

  3. 3Design Concepts

    Design Concepts

    When the brief has been agreed we will produce initial design proposals.  This will often take the form of annotated sketches that illustrate the methodology behind the design and allow us to discuss freely with the client the way they wish to proceed.

    Where the site is particularly sensitive, for example, being in an area of outstanding natural beauty, we would begin a dialogue with the local authority to gauge their initial reaction to the project.  This allows us to make any necessary changes prior to a full planning application, increasing the likelihood of a planning approval.

  4. 4Planning

    Planning

    On approval of our sketch schemes we progress the drawings and collate any necessary supporting documentation in preparation for a full planning application.  We liaise with the Local Authority and follow the progress of the application and advise the client of any developments.

  5. 5Building Regulations

    Building Regulations

    Our technical department will progress the drawings further, to produce detailed design to obtain statutory approval for the project.  We then liaise with other design team members such as Structural / Civil Engineers, Party Wall Surveyors, Code / SAP Assessors, Landscape Architects etc to produce a coordinated package of information.

  6. 6Tender

    Tender

    We research prospective tenderers suitable for the project and then invite tenders from the list of appropriate contractors.  In addition to the statutory building regulation package of drawings a written specification may be required.  To produce the specification we engage with the client and, where necessary, a Quantity Surveyor to discuss all aspects of the project.

    On receipt of the tender prices, we evaluate them and advise the client accordingly.  We administer a building contract between the client and successful contractor and agree costs and variations to contracts where appropriate.

  7. 7Construction / Site Supervision

    Construction / Site Supervision

    We answer any queries from the nominated contractor and make regular site visits to monitor the quality of workmanship and progress of the construction phase.

  8. 8Completion

    Completion

    Conclude the contract by agreeing the final payment to the contractor.

    Re-visit the project on expiry of the maintenance period and instruct any remediation required.

    Hand over the completed project.


  • Initial Contact

    Initial Contact

    We meet with our prospective clients to discuss their desires and aspirations for their project.

    Evaluate the site and its constraints.

    We then make some initial suggestions and advise the client as to how we would move the project forward.

    Discuss the budget. This is a very important aspect of any project as without this, we will be unable to develop a meaningful design brief.  We assess all projects in terms of financial investment against end product and advise the client accordingly.

  • The Brief

    The Brief

    The brief informs the appointed design team of the parameters for the performance of the project and focuses the client on what is to be achieved.  To do this we take a holistic approach considering the client’s aspirations, site constraints and budget to outline what is important to both the client and the built environment.  The artistic flair and vision of our design team often produces ideas not thought of by the client.  Therefore, in order to avoid compromising the initial desires of the client, it is necessary to investigate their true aspirations to produce a well-considered design brief.

  • Design Concepts

    Design Concepts

    When the brief has been agreed we will produce initial design proposals.  This will often take the form of annotated sketches that illustrate the methodology behind the design and allow us to discuss freely with the client the way they wish to proceed.

    Where the site is particularly sensitive, for example, being in an area of outstanding natural beauty, we would begin a dialogue with the local authority to gauge their initial reaction to the project.  This allows us to make any necessary changes prior to a full planning application, increasing the likelihood of a planning approval.

  • Planning

    Planning

    On approval of our sketch schemes we progress the drawings and collate any necessary supporting documentation in preparation for a full planning application.  We liaise with the Local Authority and follow the progress of the application and advise the client of any developments.

  • Building Regulations

    Building Regulations

    Our technical department will progress the drawings further, to produce detailed design to obtain statutory approval for the project.  We then liaise with other design team members such as Structural / Civil Engineers, Party Wall Surveyors, Code / SAP Assessors, Landscape Architects etc to produce a coordinated package of information.

  • Tender

    Tender

    We research prospective tenderers suitable for the project and then invite tenders from the list of appropriate contractors.  In addition to the statutory building regulation package of drawings a written specification may be required.  To produce the specification we engage with the client and, where necessary, a Quantity Surveyor to discuss all aspects of the project.

    On receipt of the tender prices, we evaluate them and advise the client accordingly.  We administer a building contract between the client and successful contractor and agree costs and variations to contracts where appropriate.

  • Construction / Site Supervision

    Construction / Site Supervision

    We answer any queries from the nominated contractor and make regular site visits to monitor the quality of workmanship and progress of the construction phase.

  • Completion

    Completion

    Conclude the contract by agreeing the final payment to the contractor.

    Re-visit the project on expiry of the maintenance period and instruct any remediation required.

    Hand over the completed project.