We provide a full range of architectural services, and are as skilled and experienced in design as we are in detail and delivery.
Feasibility & Concept Design: We undertake a detailed site analysis, commission surveys where necessary, respond to planning policy, and work closely with the client to fully develop a brief. From this we generate design ideas and options for further discussion and development. We can also advise on other consultants that may be required.
Planning Process: We work closely with planning authorities and local communities to try to secure the best possible planning consents. In particular we have significant experience working in the historic environment, in conservation areas and on listed buildings. We also have valuable experience at appeal, including written reps, hearings and public inquiry.
Detailed Design: We are experienced in producing drawings and specifications for tender and we work closely with Building Control Inspectors to achieve optimum results. We are able to provide the services of Principal Designer under the CDM Regulations 2015, if required.
Sustainability & Carbon Reduction: We are committed to helping our clients contribute as much as they can to reducing the environmental impact of their project both during construction as well as in operation. We are keen proponents of the "long-life, loose-fit, low-energy" principle and work closely with our clients to see how this can be applied to have the optimum effect in terms of both carbon as well as economic cost.
Cost Control: We are acutely aware of the importance of cost and have the discipline and rigour to work through cost schedules in detail. Budgets available for construction, consultant fees, statutory charges and VAT are considered at an early stage, and are regularly reviewed to ensure that the design is correctly tailored to suit the budget.
Production Information & Construction: We produce working drawings and written specifications for construction. We can provide advice on which building contract to use and are able to provide JCT Contract Administration services. Throughout the construction period we visit site, review progress of the work and attend or chair site meetings until completion. We enjoy the construction stage. We work well with good contractors and have a proactive hands-on approach.
We regularly work client-side on traditional JCT contracts, as well as both client-side or under novation to the contractor on design-and-build contracts.
|Principal Designer (CDM Regulations): As well as fulfilling the statutory role of Designer under the CDM Regulations we are also able to fulfill the Principal Designer role throughout the project if required. We have successfully provided this service on a number of projects and find that it works very well alongside our role as Lead Designer.|