We are committed to ensuring that the service you get from us is what you need, value for money and delivered on time. Also, we think that you need to meet us before you commit to one of the key, if not the key relationship, in the birth and development of your building project.
This is why we offer a free on site consultation in response to all new enquiries we receive, usually with a senior member of the practice. We use this as an opportunity to understand the scope of what you have in mind and, in many straightforward cases, carry out an on the spot feasibility study, giving you initial indications of the likely key regulatory and construction questions which would be in play as well as an approximate indication of construction cost.
Following on from the initial consultation, we will send you a written fee proposal explaining what we expect to do for you and at what cost. If you decide to ask us to go ahead and work with you on your project we will tell you who your contact will be here and they will arrange any survey work and to discuss your requirements in more detail with you prior to starting design work.
We work to the RIBA Plan of Work adapted to suit the scale of the project. This approach divides design services into a series of separate stages as the design is evolved from the initial idea through to construction. Clients generally appoint us on a stage by stage basis and our terms and conditions also allow for the termination of a project in the course of work on a stage if this becomes necessary for any reason.
Our core service includes the design of buildings from the beginning, feasibility stage, where the idea of building is tested against the client's budget and other constraints, through the development of design ideas and details to the production of detail information for the assembly of the building and manufacture of special components, co-ordinating the team of professionals needed for more complex projects, advising on procuring building work and obtaining tenders and the administering the contract for the construction work itself, including certifying payments to the builder. Applications for the necessary statutory or other permissions are made on the client's behalf as part of the service as it progresses.
The core service is divided into stages, following the RIBA Plan of Work, the well established building industry standard approach to design and procurement, and clients can choose to appoint us only for the stages they need or for the full service.
Ancillary services provided directly by us include
measured surveys of buildings and land
town planning advice
condition surveys of buildings and advice on repair and maintenance
investigations and advice on building failures
We normally manage the professional team on behalf of the client and, if the client requires, we can provide a single point of responsibility service embracing as many of these disciplines as the project requires.
We work closely with other construction professionals on
complex town planning cases and appeals
construction cost advice at all project stages
civil and structural engineering design
building services design
energy efficiency assessment and enhancement
historic building evaluation and recording
ecological surveys, evaluation and impact mitigation
landscape evaluation and design
flood risk assessment
construction health and safety procedures
site investigations including contamination and structural properties