We are joint planning and architecture practice. We provide full services for both of these disciplines.
We are RIBA chartered architects which means we carry professional indemnity insurance. It means our architects are fully trained and attend regular CPD (continuing professional practice) events in order to stay up to date.
Scale of projects
We have much experience in three basic sizes of project:
One-off houses and house extensions
We have designed and built single houses for private clients in and around Poole, Dorset, London and in rural areas of south west England. We take a highly personal approach to clients’ briefs and believe in the great benefits of bespoke design.
We have worked on many small house extensions over the years. We are used to dealing with tight, constrained sites and with issues such as listed buildings and protected trees. We have worked on historic buildings (16th century barn for example) as well as converting/redeveloping buildings from bungalows to large two-storey family houses.
Medium size, mixed-use and residential developments. We have much experience in working on schemes of between 20 and 150 residential units often with other elements such as retail and office floors/towers. We have worked on these in London and several other UK cities such as Southampton and Manchester.
With our planning team we have developed large-scale development plans for city extensions in the Middle East. We also work on masterplans for several very sensitive sites around the outskirts of London. We have produced a series of masterplan documents and plans for local schools outlining future organisational plans for their sites.
Stages of work and output
We follow generally the work stages set out by the RIBA. On smaller projects however this can be simplified as follows:
- Brief and Quote.
We listen to the client’s requirements and produce a written brief and scope of work at the outset of the project.
- Concept Design.
We work up sketch 3D views and 2D plans of the scheme showing internal configuration and external massing on the site.
Once proposals are agreed and approved by the client they will usually be submitted first as a pre-application inquiry to the local authority. This will be followed by a full planning application. We will produce full site plans, elevations, floor plans and 3D views of the building as needed.
- Structural Engineering.
Once the drawings have been approved we will liaise with a local structural engineer who will work to provide overlay drawings showing structural elements. They will also provide full calculations for footings and loads for building control.
- Building control.
We will produce plans that incorporate the engineering information and explain all aspects for building control approval such as thermal efficiency, fire regulation compliance, falling issues, disability issues etc.
We will provide a written specification to accompany the drawings. This will describe materials, finishes and performance requirements.
- Contract administration.
If required by the client, we will oversee the building of the project until handover at completion.