EXPERIENCE

Between the partners we have extensive and specific experience with the following:

+ COMMERCIAL (HOTELS, LEISURE & OFFICES)
+ EXTENSIONS (INCL. LOFTS & MANSARDS)
+ CONVERSIONS
+ RESIDENTIAL
+ HEALTHCARE
+ EDUCATIONAL

+ ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
+ ENGINEERING DESIGN
+ MASTER PLANNING (CITY & URBAN)
+ ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
+ CERTIFIED PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGNERS
+ LISTED & HISTORIC BUILDINGS

We have expanded our market sectors to include projects in the United Kingdom (UK) and overseas. 

In the UK, we provide services for domestic and developer clients in the South West of England (Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Cotswolds, Cornwall) and London.

Overseas, we provide services for domestic and developer clients in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya and Zambia.
In the DRC we have expanded our client base to include individuals, small to medium-sized businesses and large international corporations such as Atlas Copco, Bollore Logistics, EPIROC, Eurasian Resources Group and MMG.

In the DRC, we work with the larger corporations to help them achieve specific sustainable development goals (SDGs) such as: quality education, poverty alleviation and well being in local village communities. Working in Subsaharan Africa has enhanced our knowledge and appreciation of cultural differences, the importance of perseverance, patience and the need to adapt to changes in the political and economic environment all learning experiences for us. 


SERVICES

Our services are based on the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 model for the building design and construction process. In summary, this includes:

Feasibility Assessments (brief development, CAPEX calculations, options and assess preferred development type etc)
Concept Designs (materials, design ideas, options, visuals, physical models etc)
Outline Design and Planning Applications (design, visuals, physical models etc)
Construction Design (Building Regulation checking, technical drawings, specifications, tendering to builders and contract negotiations)
Contract Management and Construction Inspections
(preparing agendas for meetings, site visits, inspection reports ,valuations etc)

BROCHURE

Residential Projects
For Domestic Clients

BROCHURE

Commercial Projects
For Developer Clients

BROCHURE

All Project/Client Types

 

We typically divide our services into the following stages depending on the complexity of the project:

 
Feasibility Assessment

Feasibility Assessment [RIBA STAGE 1]

Following conversations with the client we prepare a brief outlining the aspirations of the project and any known limitations such as available funds, site boundary, timeframe etc. We then undertake rule of thumb assessment of sizes, costs, timescales, etc and apply them to the project. A short written report then confirms our findings for all stakeholders to review and agree the best route forward.

For small domestic projects this process is usually simplified to a meeting at the property to check for any critical issues i.e. right to light breaches, party wall implications, proximity to sewers etc, and a follow-up email confirming our opinion.

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Concept Design [RIBA STAGE 2]

Once the project can be shown as physically, financially and politically feasible we prepare a concept design for review that best satisfies the project aspirations. The design is usually presented in the form of 2D schematic block drawings with the intended to indication of relative sizes only, not a design. A digital 3D model, visuals and physical model(s) may be necessary.

Once the concept design is agreed as suitable, we can can develop the design into an Outline Design proposal - see next stage of works.

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Outline Design & Planning Application

Outline Design &
Planning Applications [RIBA STAGE 3]

Once we agree on the project brief and/or concept design we prepare a design for review that best satisfies the project aspirations. The design is usually presented in the form of 2D drawings and digital 3D models with the intention of showing how the rooms/spaces are connected and how they look/appear.

Once the design is agreed as suitable it is submitted to the Planning Authority to secure any necessary Planning or Listed Building consents. For large or potentially controversial projects pre-applications enquiries are recommended. We try and prepare as many supplemental statements as possible in-house, i.e. Heritage Statements, Sustainability Assessments, Design & Access Statements, etc.

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Construction Design, Construction Inspections & Contract Management

Construction Design [RIBA STAGE 4]

This is the preparation of detailed and technical information including the specification of materials, wall and roof make-ups and finishes. The level of detail is dependant on who is constructing the building and their contractual relationship with the owner/client. We coordinate other consultant’s such as structural engineers and energy assessors to ensure there are minimal unexpected clashes during the works.

This package of information is then suitable for accurate pricing, Building Regulation compliance checks and forming construction contracts.

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Contract Management &
Construction Inspections [RIBA STAGE 5]

Once a builder is appointed we can provide ongoing support to help them with unexpected construction issues or variations.

We are often required to act as valuer and administrator for Contracts between builders and clients. This involves regular site visits to inspect progress and quality. Once the works are completed we can provide certificates confirming the quality is satisfactory and meets our expectation. These are often referred to by banks and mortgage lenders as PCCs (Professional Consultant Certificates) and used to secure lending on properties.

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