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What we do -

Based on the RIBA Plan of Work 2020

Strategic Definition
A neutral view in the interests of the client of the process ahead - requirements, budget, opportunities, constraints, risks, feasibility.  

 

Preparation & Briefing
Creating outline goals in terms of the brief and how it can work alongside green sustainable  vs. aspirations and the time to test the brief against the site. Also an enabling plan needs to be formulated – who is going to execute the project; define the team

 

Concept Design
Conceptual designs of the architecture are created, which can be via sketches or using VR. The project brief and diagnostics are signed off with the client, along with the cost plan following investigations to ensure essentials such as plant, connectivity to the grid etc are in the right place

 

Spatial oordination
A developed cohesive design is worked up in this stage with engineering analysis and more in depth studies. Change control procedures are put in place in case anything errs from the plan. Spatial coordination, culminating in the production of a single model which should not be prone to future change, preventing project creep or changes to its scope. It is now, when at a more definite stage, that planning application documents are submitted, as far less likely that they will need to be resubmit at a later date when changes are made to the initial design plan.

 

Technical Design
This provides the optimum view of the project, with all the information required to manufacture and construct the project. It is likely that it is in this stage that specialist sub-contractors such as Selectaglaze are engaged to give advice on specialist systems or most appropriate products/designs. By the end of this stage all aspects of the project must be prescriptive rather than descriptive and set out in design. If the designer/specifier is handing over descriptive design to a specialist, then they take design responsibility and make prescriptive

 

Manufacturing & Construction
The building phase and associated tasks – site logistics and programme monitoring. Sees the manufacturing, construction and commissioning completed

(depending on the nature and size of the project it is possible for stages 4 & 5 to run concurrently)

 

Handover
Classed as the one year period running up to the defects period. Includes executing the plan of handover, snagging and the fulfilment of its end-use. Evaluations on the success of the project team are carried out.

 

Use
‘It’s all about the building’. Areas looked at are how the building is used after handover – as the client expected? Post occupancy evaluation – is it performing as the client intended? Feedback from this stage helps inform and provide lessons learnt which are then pushed back into stage 0 of the next project; helping optimise design and processes

Services

 

s mentioned during our conversation, the two services we offer to prospective clients are as follows, and as per your text, it seems that would like us to discuss and sketch as outlined in Option 2.  

  

Option 1 is to meet on site to discuss your aspirations / brief, and advice on general opportunities to take the project forward. We will show you our portfolio and advice on the process that a project can take including statutory requirements, timescales etc. We would anticipate that this would take up around 1 to 1½ hours. Our fee would be £75.00. Should you so wish, we could then follow this up with a quote for architectural services based on the information you have provided, and what we have understood to be required. With Option 1, more time is allowed within our fee scale to prepare sketch designs, and this route may be better suited in a scenario where the client is uncertain as to the opportunities available and would like these to be explored so that the most suitable can be chosen. 

  

Option 2 includes all of the above (Option 1), but extends into a workshop where we sketch ideas alongside yourself, taking on board your input based on your particular preferences (how a space would be more usable for you), experience using / living in the property (perhaps your knowledge of the environment and particular views) etc. This could take between 2 and 3 hours, and the fee would be £75.00 for the first hour and £50.00 for every consecutive hour after that. With this option, as the general route for the design is already discussed, the sketch element is considerably reduced and this is then reflected later in the fee quote. Here too, we can follow this up with a quote to progress the sketches toward statutory applications, or completion on site.    

  

For both options, it will be useful to be able to see a plan of the site or building (for alteration / extension). It may also be useful to see some images of spaces and styles that represent your preferences.   

The first is to meet on site to discuss your aspirations / brief, and advice on general opportunities to take the project forward. We will show you our portfolio and advice on the process that a project can take including statutory requirements, timescales etc. We would anticipate that this would take up around one to one and a half hours. Our fee would be £75.00. Should you so wish, we could then follow this up with a quote for architectural services based on the information you have provided, and what we have understood to be required. With Option 1, more time is allowed within our fee scale to prepare sketch designs, and this route may be better suited in a scenario where the client is uncertain as to the opportunities available and would like these to be explored so that the most suitable can be chosen. 

  

The second option includes all of the above (first option), but extends into a workshop where we sketch ideas alongside yourself, taking on board your input based on your particular preferences (how a space would be more usable for you), experience using / living in the property (perhaps your knowledge of the environment and particular views) etc. This could take between two and three hours, and the fee would be £75.00 for the first hour and £50.00 for every consecutive hour after that. With this option, as the general route for the design is already discussed, the sketch element is considerably reduced and this will reflect in the fee quote. Here too, we can follow this up with a quote to progress the sketches toward statutory applications, or completion on site.    

  

For both options, it will be useful to be able to see a plan of the site or building (for alteration / extension). It may also be useful to see some images of spaces and styles that represent your preferences.   

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