Architectural Services

Design and Feasibility
Feasibility studies provide a strategy for design and building successfully. Using the information from the brief and survey stage, the architectural team can engage in a schematic overview of architectural design and logistic that are required for a successful project.

Design parameters
– Local typology and site context
– Examples of good practice
– Design flexibility and buildability
– Cost parameters

Architectural Design
– Initial presentation of design ideas
– Site visits to test out ideas
– Schematic drawings and visuals
– Review meeting with the client

Informal advice from planning and building control
– Design, massing and site issues
– Noise, light, adjoining buildings and traffic issues
– Preservation and archaeology issues
– Fire and safety issues

Procurement and cost appraisal
– Construction options
– Work timetable
– Schematic costing
– Buildability

Planning Consent
Achieving a planning consent is dependent on aligning the architectural design of a building with the local context and the concerns of the local planning department. We have expertise in negotiating with planning officers and achieving consent with one submission.

Achieving successful planning involves the provision of appropriate information for the officers and stating a case for the building design.

Pre-application consultation with:
– Planning officers
– Client user groups
– Consultants and contractors
– Local councillors and residents
– Access officers and other stakeholders

– Submission dates
– Anticipated planning dates
– Budget estimates and reviews

Planning drawings and statements
– Detail design plans and elevations
– Planning and design statements
– 3D Visuals
– Access statements

– Planning form submission
– Listed building and conservation consent forms
– Review meetings with the planning office for approval

Production drawings, specification and tender
Once a project has been awarded planning permission, the architectural team will produce detailed working drawings for most major elements of a building for a contractor to price the works. These drawings will also form the basis of a building control submission. This drawing process continues well into the construction phase after the works have been tendered.

Preparation of a tender package i.e. important for establishing build costs and maintaining architectural integrity throughout the build process. It is also a phase whereby the client can see in detail the materials, fixtures and fittings that will be used throughout the building.

Production drawings for tendering purposes include the following architects works as well as the other consultant disciplines.