Architects Design and Technical Services
As Chartered Architects we provide a quality service in design and professional expertise. This expertise which an architect brings to any project adds value in many ways.
We are skilled building designers who can contribute flair and imagination when developing design solutions. We strive for elegant designed buildings, suggest a form of construction and materials well-suited to your project, and provide a stylish as well as practical response to your needs.
We are construction professionals with knowledge of the building industry and its organisation, working methods and standards. An architect can advise and guide you through the complex process of adhering to building regulations and contractual obligations connected with planning and building.
Value added by the Architect
Value comes in part from keeping within the budget and seeing that a project runs efficiently to completion. It is also about how well the building will function in use, its running costs, life expectancy and resale value. An architects design experience can make a positive and often considerable contribution to a project in terms of its cost-effectiveness and overall value.
Full Service (Project Management)
This begins with investigating the feasibility of your requirements, developing design proposals and applying for statutory approvals such as Planning Permission. It includes the handling of tenders for the building work, administering the building contract, and assisting you when the building is handed over by the contractor.
Although the full service has benefits in continuity and consistent quality, the agreement can be as flexible as you wish. For example you may wish to engage an architect up to and including a Planning Application and Building Control Application. We will apportion our fee according to the work stage reached, we do not charge for any work which has not been carried out.
We have a broad palette of skills and can provide or arrange other services connected with your project such as measured surveys, sustainability options, interior design, landscaping, etc. Additional fees will usually be chargeable and would be agreed in advance.
Sustainable Building Design Services
The practice has a commitment to sustainable design and staying abreast of the latest developments in this field. In order to be able to offer this service as an integrated package with our architectural work we have developed a range of services. There are expanded upon in the sustainability section of this website.
The services provided are as follows:-
Energy Assessor – OCEA
Certified Passive House Designer
PHPP (Passive House Planning Package)
Thermal Bridge Modelling
SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) calculations
EPC (Energy Performance Certificates)
Project Management Services
The practice has considerable experience in contract administration and has manged many large and complex projects on site. We are fluent with the traditional JCT form of contract, so familiar to Architects.
We have also extensive knowledge and experience in the NEC 3 form of contract that is now favoured by public bodies for building contracts administration.
We recognise that the on-site success of a project may be enhanced by a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities under the building contract. We take the role of Contract Administrator or Project Architect with the seriousness it deserves.
Conservation and Listed Buildings Services
The Practice has renovated and extended Grade B1 and B2 listed buildings. This includes monitoring the approval process for grant aid and listed building consent. We can advise on listed buildings, grant-aid, lottery funding and Conservation Area matters.