METHOD

Every project is unique, and therefore the process will be tailored to suit individual requirements. The following 3 phases outline and separate the main body of works in  carrying out most projects. Your individually tailored process will be outlined after the brief is determined.

phase 1 – Design & Planning

Fees start from £1800 +vat

Following an initial meeting to determine the brief, we will arrange to carry out a full survey and provide you with a selection of innovative design layouts. Where required, we will liaise with your local authority planning department to determine an acceptable design. Budget costs for the proposed works will be provided so that the most appropriate planning application can be submitted. This phase includes all works up to and including the submission of the appropriate planning application. We work closely with 3D imagery technicians so can arrange for computer generated photo realistic models to be provided or simple 3D models to help visualise the design.

phase 2 – Detailed Design & Building Regulations

Fees start from £1800+vat

Once the initial design is agreed, or the Local Authority planning permission is granted, a full set of detailed drawings and a specification of works can be prepared, this will enable accurate costings and timescales to be produced. This package can include all required drawings to enable a Building regulations application to be submitted. We work closely with Structural Engineers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers and Quantity Surveyors so, where required, can arrange their services at this stage.

phase 3 – Project Management

Fees are either based on a percentage of the building cost, ranging from 5% to 20%, depending on the size of the project, or an hourly rate of £65+vat

We offer a complete project management service to ensure a smooth running project, from start to finish. This comprehensive service includes the tender process; the preparation and weekly updating of a working programme and payment schedule; liaison with the local authority building control department; the co-ordination of regular client meetings; on site supervision and ongoing technical and design assistance.

We work closely with many contractors so can recommend someone suitable for any size project.

We can also recommended suppliers, and can offer material sourcing. When clients go directly to our recommended suppliers they will not be offered the same discounts. We appreciate that clients may wish to ‘shop around’ for the best available prices however what is not always considered is the time that can be wasted talking to suppliers when they are unequipped with the product knowledge and scheduling capacity to negotiate purchasing and deliveries. The result of this being prolonged project delays and significant cost increase. We have taken time to build up very good relationships with suppliers to enable us to offer clients the benefit of our trade discounts. More over our extensive knowledge of product choice, project schedules and costing means we can negotiate further on a clients behalf. This ultimately saves our clients time and money as well as assisting a much smoother running of the project.

 

‘We have been awarded Smarter Planning Champion status by the Planning Portal. This confirms our commitment to follow best-practice guidelines for the online submission of planning applications, saving time, money and carbon for our clients and helping local authorities process our applications as quickly and efficiently as possible.’

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