Why use an architect?
Many of our clients have never used an Architect before and are understandably unsure what we actually do, why they would use one and how much are they cost! The stereotypical image of someone leaning over a drawing board, drafting building plans may come to mind. We abandoned drawing boards some years ago, now we offer a comprehensive range of creative and project management skills essential for our clients to achieve their goals. Be they self-builder, national house builder, Police Authority, Council or community group, we can provide many of the wide range of skills necessary to achieve a positive outcome. Where additional expertise is needed we will advise, often suggesting experts who have successfully contributed to previous projects.
We offer bespoke services to suit each project from our menu of standard services, using the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. We are here to guide you through the project development and specialist input appropriate from us, other organisations and consultants at each stage:
0. Strategic definition
1. Preparation & Brief
2. Concept Design
3. Developed Design
4. Technical Design
6. Handover and Close out
We enjoy providing design and construction management expertise to clients, particularly on unusual projects such as exploring options for hydro electricity generation schemes. Our advanced building information modelling software is used extensively both to explore how a building sits in its landscape or townscape, to fine-tune the design and value engineer. These building models are often used in planning negotiations or just to help to create the correct brief for a project.
We offer full architectural design services as a chartered practice, but we can provide just part of this full service and work on an hourly basis on domestic projects. See Building costs and Architect fees for details
Feasibility Studies explore the viability of a project. Often used to assist in setting an accurate brief, they can also test finances, planning issues & site capacity.
Planning issues are often complex and time consuming. We have a track record in tenacity & complex negotiations and can assist with planning studies & liaison. We have undertaken masterplanning in Bristol, Swindon & Frome.
Your project may need to be presented to a local authority or neighbourhood group through exhibition or consultation. We have extensive experience in consultations and can help you through the process.
Visualisations of a project can include immersive 3D visualisation with headsets, realistic photo montages, sketch perspectives or video fly-throughs. We are able to use a variety of techniques to bring your project to life in three dimensions.