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Step 1 | Initial Consultation & Design

  • Meet to discuss your requirements and aspirations.
  • Spend time developing a good brief.
  • Conduct a survey of your site or your existing building.
  • Develop initial sketch designs.
  • Agree on a time plan, budget, and other project-specific requirements.
  • Consider the need for other specialist consultants if required.

Step 2 | Developed Design & Planning

  • Develop the Initial Design in a dynamic two-way dialogue with the client into a full set of drawings describing the scheme.
  • Consider environmental issues, energy efficiency, embodied carbon, and test the scheme against chosen standards, e.g. Passivhaus.
  • Check the scheme design against the client budget by means of a preliminary cost plan.
  • Prepare detailed drawings, including floor plans, elevations, sections, and 3D views required for planning approval.
  • Make an application for planning permission if required.
  • Obtain a Fire Safety Certificate and a Disability Access Certificate for non-domestic schemes.

Step 3 | Detailed Design & Tender

  • Produce full Construction Drawings, incorporating any changes required by the Grant of Planning Permission.
  • Liaise closely with specialist consultants as needed.
  • Check Building Regulation compliance and other energy or environmental standards.
  • Issue tender documents to at least three contractors for pricing.
  • Review tender returns and enter into a contract with the selected contractor.

Step 4 | Construction & Completion

  • Act as an independent advisor during construction, inspecting the building work at regular intervals.
  • Monitor compliance with Building Regulations.
  • Prepare a final snag list of outstanding defects in collaboration with the client.
  • Verify that all defects are rectified before releasing final payments.