Services

Our Process

We know that for most people starting out on a project is not an everyday thing. That’s why we split our services in to simple stages, and give you our advice every step of the way. We base this on the RIBA Plan of Work which is a good way of defining the process.

Before we start work on any project we will always agree our services and fee in writing. Once we get going these are the stages that we work to.

1 Brief

We love starting new projects. This is our chance to sit down together and discuss your project over a coffee. We will offer you our advice and agree on the aims for the design. We will come to the property and make sure we have got all the dimensions and photos we need to get cracking. It’s important to get off on the right foot.

2 Concept Design

This is the exciting bit. We will be busy creating some concept design ideas based on the brief. Once these are ready (usually about 2 weeks) we will send them to you for us to discuss. We will even give you a 3D model that you can open and fly around on your iPad or computer. We want to make sure you are happy with the concept before going further.

3 Planning Design

It is crucial to make sure all of the right permissions for the work are in place. We will advise on the best approach, and put together all the drawings and forms needed. At this stage the design will be more detailed and will show the key materials and dimensions for approval. We will submit the application to the Council for you, and keep a close eye on it until the decision is in.

4 Technical Design

At this stage the design really comes together. Our drawings will be more detailed and show construction. We can suggest a great structural engineer, and will apply for Building Regs. It’s not all technical, and we like to chat through the choices of materials with you, right down to the taps. Once this is all agreed we will write a detailed specification for the whole project.

5 Construction

It goes without saying that it’s vital to choose the right contractor. We will run the tender process to ensure you compare apples with apples. No lemons. We will put the contract in place, and will carry out regular site inspections. We make sure that the work is done properly, deal with any queries, and issue all certificates. After completion we’ll still be on hand to deal with anything that comes up.

6 Completion

The most exciting part of any project is the day our clients move in to their new space. It’s what this whole thing is about. 2PM Architects know how to get there.