Our Guide to the Process

We are a RIBA chartered practice. We use the approved RIBA stages as outlined here, which provide both clarity and reassurance for clients, with identifiable objectives and accountability at every stage of the process.

When we provide a quotation our fees are set out clearly, making use of these key stages. Please note that every project is unique and not all stages are required for every project.

The first step even before a project begins will always be to meet with you. We will give you the opportunity to share your ideas and your concerns. At the end of this stage a 'design brief' in the form of a written summary will be provided and you will be fully informed about the timescale, risks, health and safety considerations and the services we are able to offer.

0. Brief

Once the developed design has been agreed, a planning application is carefully put together. We draw on extensive experience to give the planning application the best chance of success and we take care of all communication with the planning authority during this period.

3. Developed Design

Handover is a very exciting time for all. Thorough inspections will be carried out before handover, at which point a certificate of practical completion is issued. This marks the beginning of the warranty period.

6. Handover

It's important for us to develop a very thorough picture of the situation, including any constraints or risks, before we finalise the brief. For this reason, the next stage will always be to inspect the site and carry out a measured surveys and feasibility studies.

1. Preparation & Survey

Provided we get the green light, final preparations are now put into place before building can begin. Technical design specifications are drawn up and building control approval is applied for. For smaller projects, many clients only require approved building regulations and basic construction drawings. We will consult with you about the services you require and the desired level of detail.

4. Technical Design & Tender

We will stay in touch and be on hand to assist you during your initial occupation period.

7. In Use

Making use of the research that’s been undertaken, we refine and finalise the design brief in close consultation with you. This leads to a proposal/concept design, which can include a range of options, sketches and a cost plan.

2. Concept Design

At this point construction can begin. We pride ourselves on our hands-on approach during the construction stage. We realise how important it is to stay in close communication with our clients, the contractors and all other parties involved. We carry out regular site inspections.

5. Construction