Inception (RIBA Work stages: A-B)
Clients are always encouraged at the outset to commence with a feasibility exercise whereby concept schematics are prepared to assist with brief development and form the basis for budget and project planning advice. An initial introductory site meeting is arranged free of charge for the first hour to enable the design brief, client “wish lists” and scope of Architect services to be clarified and generate a fee proposal.
It is always recommended that the client provides an accurate measured survey information of the property and/or site and advice on any covenants that may restrict development. This can be prepared by the practice in house as a basis for the feasibility exercise and future design development. Alternatively an independent surveying consultant can be appointed by the client direct to prepare the survey.
Interpretation of the conceptual designs is assisted with freehand sketches, which are developed during feasibility review meetings. 3D Computer generated imagery (CGI) visuals can also be prepared to reinforce conceptual designs for an additional fee if requested.
At the end of every feasibility study, it should be possible for the client to make a valued judgment regarding the advancement of the project through the design stage towards planning.
The feasibility exercise will provide an approximate cost breakdown for the project as a whole. It will include advice with respect to the appointment of other consultants such as Structural Engineer; Quantity Surveyor; Arboriculturist; Ecologist; Acoustic Engineer, Energy Consultant; CDM Health and Safety coordinator and Party Wall Surveyor(s).
Beyond inception to Scheme Design and Consents (RIBA Work stages: C to E inclusive)
Scheme Design development based on accurate measured surveys and the preparation and submission of formal applications for Permitted Development; Planning, Listed Building and Building Regulation consent will include all necessary liaison with the Local Authority and independently appointed Design consultants; monitoring of application submissions and discharge of conditions as required.
There will always be an opportunity to tweak and tailor the scheme design during the development stage to suit client and /or Local Authority considerations and feedback. The success of planning applications cannot be guaranteed although every effort is made to ensure clients are aware of the risks and if necessary promote option appraisal; pre-application enquiries and/or multiple submissions to safeguard client interests.
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