Design Process Guide

The Design.

A good plan is essential; if the work is to an existing building we would carry out a measured survey which would generate a drawing to enable discussion to determine the best and most practical layout. If it is a new building we can run through your wish list and prepare initial proposal plans and elevations drawings for discussion to help achieve your requirements and expectations. If required we can also provide artist impressions and a 3d walk through.

Planning Permission.

Some small residential extensions and alterations do not require planning consent as they can sometimes be carried out using general permitted development rights, but the rules vary for certain building and districts, for instance if your property lies within a conservation area or it is listed. We will advise you on the situation concerning your property and also on the planning policies which affect the design.

Working Drawings & Building Regulations Approval. 

Once the design has been finalized, we can develop the drawings for building regulation approval and also prepare detailed working drawings where required.

Consultants Advice.

We will recommend a suitably qualified consultant to provide structural calculations, cost advice and electrical/ heating/ plumbing designs depending on the complexity of your project.

Work on site.

We can act as Contract Administrator for the construction phase. In this capacity we would monitor the construction as work proceeds. As part of these duties, we would value the work that has been carried out and confirm the amount that you must pay to the contractor on an Architect’s Certificate. The contractor may encounter unexpected problems and you may require further advice as a result, we can provide additional site visits for these eventualities.

Completion & Defects Liability Period.

On completion we carry out an inspection and list minor snagging items which require attention by the builder, and after the defects liability period has lapsed we make a final inspection and arrange for all defects to be rectified.

For more details on our Architectural Services call (01484) 865 000 or email