This is how we work – (Project Stages)
Your Ideas (The Brief)
Design / Construction projects follow clearly defined paths, and if these are adhered to the project’s Cost, Time and Quality can be managed effectively. The success of the project may depend on your ability to clearly describe the requirements to us. This could be simple statements about the function of the new space (who would be using it, its proposed style or your view on sustainable design). When this is completed we will be able to write the project Brief on your behalf after determining if the project is indeed feasible.
Our Input (The Design)
The process of Design commences as soon as the Brief is agreed in writing, and takes into account Concept design, Design development and Technical design. Concept design uses the Brief to create a series of sketches to form an initial cost plan. Design development builds on this process to show clearly defined spaces and the structure of the building. Technical design shows specific building element and components needed to construct the building, and can be used to further grasp the building’s cost. These processes include the Planning and Building Control statutory approval stages which are necessary before construction can commence.
The Council (Approvals)
At this stage further technical drawing information is provided for both contractor Tender pricing and to ensure that the Building Control officials are satisfied with the level of technical detail needed to construct to a high standard. The Tender process includes the invitation and selection of a suitable contractor, and this does not necessarily mean the cheapest price. After the contractor is selected final amendments to the drawings may occur before the construction documents are handed over to the contactor to begin work on site.
Construction (On Site)
Quite often we are involved with the construction process and monitor the work of the contractor on site, to ensure that a high standard is kept to the end. As the designer we are keen to ensure that your wishes (as portrayed in the brief) are carried out to the end – and to the standard you expect.