The below process is a typical full architectural service for a given project, this process can be broken down and appointments made on a stage by stage basis, or, a design/drawings only service can be agreed.
This is a 2 way creative process between client and designer. After an initial meeting with the client, I will attain enough information to put together a design brief and some broad brush plans, sections and some 3d representations of what a possible architectural solution could be. This will become the basis for the design development. All schemes will be developed in 3D.
Once the design strategy and budget have been agreed a more detailed proposal is developed. To do this, a full site survey and detailed site analysis will be attained along with ground inspection report, if required, by a structural engineer. The project, where appropriate, is modelled further with full 3 Dimensional models created to help understand the project’s three dimensional qualities. This phase will produce a set of drawings that could be submitted to the planning authorities.
With engineers and possibly Quantity Surveyors involved. Drawings can start to be coordinated between consultants and a more detailed proposal can be put forward. These drawings can be developed and submitted for further council consent. Further design development and coordination will be required between all parties in order to satisfy council feedback.
Final detailed drawings and specifications are concluded with the client. A final review and coordination of all the design team drawings are carried out in preparation for a tender issue. Once all of the contractors have responded by the notified date a tender review is carried out by the design team and client prior to selecting a contractor.
Once a price has been agreed, we set up a standard form of building contract between the client and the builder. We then work with the builder to ensure that the quality of the construction meets the required specification. The designer must take particular care when dealing with the day to day site issues to maintain the projects design vision. This often involves the continuing close consultation with the client and many site inspections.