One of our principle designers will meet with a prospective client usually at the site, to listen, understand requirements and budgets. We will give you some initial design thoughts, outline the range of services which might be suitable, and discuss anticipated timelines and associated costs. . Please note we do not charge for an initial consultation.
We will produce initial sketches, usually hand-drawn, which show the spaces/rooms and their relationships so that you have the opportunity for commenting and refining the brief. These are known as space plans and can be accompanied with sketch elevations where appropriate. These sketches are accompanied with a written brief accompanied by a fee proposal.
Upon appointment, we carry out a measured site survey of the property using hand-held electronic measurement devices. If a site is particularly complex e.g. complex level changes, steep sites, irregular shaped buildings etc a full topographical site survey will usually be required using more complex GPS survey instruments.
Planning Permission Drawings
The survey data and initial hand-drawn sketches will be used to prepare preliminary plans and elevations, followed by a meeting with the client to review the designs and amend as required. This stage could involve a number of iterative steps and meetings during which the design solution will evolve.
Once the drawings have been finalised, they are submitted for Planning Permission to the Local Authority. A full planning permission submission usually comprises the following drawings produced using our Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) systems:
- Existing plans and elevations
- Proposed plans and elevations
- Site and block plans
- Design and access statement (usually only for properties within Green Belt and/or Listed buildings applications)
Additional documents and drawings from partner professional’s including Heritage Statements, Flood Risk Assessments, Site surveys, Arboricultural reports, Bat Surveys, Ecological surveys, Archaeological reports and others may be required which will be charged separately when/if necessary. We will usually obtain quotes from our specialist partners on a client’s behalf for approval prior to appointment.
Building Regulations & Working Drawings
When Planning Permission approval for your project has been granted, we will then produce detailed Working Drawings for your project. We will liaise with a Structural Engineer (and any other consultants if/as required), to produce these more detailed drawings and a Technical Specification detailing the works required. These are then submitted to the Local Authority for formal Building Regulations approval.
Cost Estimate & Schedule of Works
The Working Drawings and association Technical Specification will usually form part of a Tender Package to builders in addition to a detailed Schedule of Requirements which details finishes and other personal choice items as well as detail which is not included on the Working Drawings e.g. manufacturers details of individual sanitary fittings.
At this point we would normally introduce a client to one of our partner Quantity Surveyors/Project Managers.
Tender & Contracts
Our partner Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager will prepare the documents for Tender and will submit these to a number of approved contractors, including any of your choosing, for quotations. You will then be able to make the final decision as to which contractor you wish to engage. Contracts will be drawn up together with payment schedules against an agreed project programme.
The project can now commence on-site once the Local Authority have been informed. They will need to visit site at pre-determined points to inspects the works as they progress.
During construction Heritage are on-hand to assist where required for design matters be they technical or aesthetic.