I offer a range of architect services across all stages of a construction project, ranging from initial project feasibility through to the administration of a building contract and monitoring construction works. I specialise in domestic architecture, including:
Most architectural projects can be divided into a number of key stages, from initial design ideas through the actual construction. Our services are based on the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 © key project stages, defined as:
|Strategic definition; identifying client's strategic brief & core project requirements|
|Preparation and brief; feasibility study, site/building surveying|
|Concept design; outline design proposals, prelimenary cost information and finalised brief|
|Developed design; updated design proposals, outline cost information, specifications and submission of Planning application|
|Technical duilding design; incorporating structural design*, building services design*, preparation and submission of Building Regulations submission|
|Administration of building contract; regular site inspection, progress reviews|
|Handover of building and conclusion of building contract|
|In-use & post occupancy evaluation, provision built project information|
|*Structural design and building services design are usually carried out by consultants under a separate appointment with the client|
Typically I would provide a full architect service on a project, from strategic brief through to handover of the building to the client. However, the scope of services to be provided can be tailored to specific project requirements. For instance, a client may wish to develop a scheme design to obtain planning consent only - in which case our services can be engaged for this task only.
Following initial enquiry and discussion as to the clients' aims and ambitions for a project, the Architect's professional appointment is confirmed in writing prior to any architectural work commencing. This documentation includes, amongst other things, clear descriptions as to the scope of services to be provided, agreed professional fee and processes for resolution of any disputes which may arise. A project programme will be developed early on, identifying key work stages and milestones.
There are no 'set' industry fees for the provision of an architect's services. It is common for the Architect's fee to be arranged as either:
The arrangements for the fee, including payment terms and scheduling, will be agreed in writing before work commences on a project. Fees vary depending on project size, complexity and the scope of architect services to be provided.
|Above: 'You and your architect'; What to expect in using an architect for a building project © ARB||Above: 'Explaining an architect's services'; General information on the usual tasks undertaken by an architect
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