Every project is different, and I always tailor my service accordingly. However, so you can understand the general process, I’ve outlined the key stages of a typical residential project below. The process is likely to be similar for business clients too, but it may be a little different for a conservation project.
Appraisal of the project brief. A measured survey of the site and existing buildings, where applicable. Advice on any other site information (e.g. asbestos survey) and/or consultants (e.g. structural engineer) required for the project.
Development of the initial design ideas in response to your project brief, and a follow-up meeting to discuss them.
Preparation of the final outline design based on your feedback from stage 1A and submission of drawings for full planning permission.
Preparation of general arrangement construction drawings (i.e. plans that show the overall layout and arrangement of the design) and accompanying specification notes for submission to the local authority for building regulations ‘full plans’ approval.
Preparation of additional detailed construction drawings and schedules (lists of specified items). Co-ordination of designs from other consultants and specialist suppliers/sub-contractors. Preparation of the pricing document for competitive tendering or negotiation with a pre-selected contractor.
The construction phase. Regular visits - usually fortnightly, but may vary - to inspect the builder’s work and answer any queries. Supply of additional information necessary for construction. Checking for minor defects at completion.
The ‘defects liability period’. Liaison with the builder to correct any defects that only become apparent after the builder has left site.