It's not just about about building design and planning applications

You hear the word architect and no doubt you conjure up the image of drawings and plans.

While building design is the main part of what we do, the role of our architectural team is much more than that.

In some cases, a client will only want us to create the design and specifications for an extension, renovation or new build. We will then undertake the planning application and they will leave the rest to their builder or contractor to manage.

In many cases, we do much more, working with the client from an initial meeting to discuss their project, to managing and seeing the work through to completion.

That will include costing the project, gaining planning approval with the local authority, going out to tender for a contractor to undertake the work, and then project managing it to ensure the project is completed on time and within the budget where possible.

There are times when adaptations are made to the plans, or unseen issues arise that might necessitate changes to the final cost. We will always advise any budget has leeway for this.

We base our fee proposal and undertake our work based on the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work.

This is broken down to:

•Strategic definition

•Preparation and brief

•Concept design

•Developed design

•Technical design

•Construction

•Handover and close out

You can read about the RIBA Plan of Work here: https://www.ribaplanofwork.com

During construction, our architectural team will undertake site visits and discussions with the contractor to ensure everything is running smoothly before work is completed and handover to the client takes place.

So, as you can see, there's a lot more to our role than just drawings and designs.

Doug Hughes visiting a new house build.