ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN SERVICE

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A9 Architecture Ltd offer the full architectural service across all RIBA Work Stages, from preparation, design and pre-construction, to construction and use.

STAGE 0
STRATEGIC DEFINITION

This is the consideration stage for you as the client. Once you have contacted us, we would arrange a convenient time to visit you, or for you to visit our studio to talk through your proposals and ideas. It is important for you to write down the outcomes you want to achieve, this is a critical starting point.
It is always advisable to meet a selection of Architects or Designers at this stage, as during this period is when you make the important decision of which Architect or Designer to appoint.

STAGE 1
PREPARATION & BRIEF

Should we be successful and you appoint us as your Architects, we would then assist you to prepare the design brief, confirming the key requirements, constraints, procurement method, procedures, organisational structures and the range of consultants and specialists you’ll need to engage for the project.
At this stage a measured and photographic survey will be carried out and a full set of existing drawings will be produced.
We believe that the most important factor when undertaking a project, is to fully understand the importance of the client’s needs and to find an appropriate and achievable solution which not only precisely meets those needs but is also innovative and exciting.

 
 
 
 

STAGE 2
CONCEPT DESIGN

We then analyse the design brief and during this exciting stage prepare the feasibility concept design ideas based on your brief, often with options and showing outline proposals for structural and building methods, including outline specifications.
We review the procurement method and if required provide the information required to estimate a construction cost.
Once these are ready (usually about 2 weeks) we will issue them to you for comment and (or) discussion.

STAGE 3
DEVELOPED DESIGN

At this stage, we develop the approved concept design to detailed design drawings.
During this period, we would confirm the relevant approvals that you will be required to obtain and consult with the relevant Local Authority.
It is crucial to make sure the correct permissions for the work are in place. We will advise on the best approach, and prepare all of the required drawings and forms.
We will submit the application on to the Local Authority for the relevant type of Planning Approval required on your behalf, and act as your agent throughout the entire process until decision is issued.

 
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STAGE 4
TECHNICAL DESIGN

During this stage, along with any other required consultants we will prepare the technical design drawings and specifications and (or) schedule of works that will be used for tendering and construction purposes.
It is at this stage where we will submit the technical design drawings to the Local Authority or an Independent Approved Building Control service for checking for compliance with the UK Building Regulations.

STAGE 5
Construction

Throughout the construction phase we are able to administer the contract with the building contractor, carryout regular inspections, deal with queries, instruct any additional work required, monitor progress on site, keep track of cost and certify payment due to the building contractor.

 
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STAGE 6
HANDOVER & CLOSE OUT

When the project is ready to hand over, we are able to inspect the works and issue a certificate of Practical Completion once the works have been completed in accordance with the drawings and (or) any other contract documents. We can advise on defect resolution and help you agree the final account. We can also help building users during the initial occupation period and carry out post-occupation evaluations.

STAGE 7
IN USE

We advise on defect resolution and help you agree the final account. We can also help building users during the initial occupation period and carry out post-occupation evaluations.

 
Alan Green