What We Do
Drummonds Architecture can manage your project from initial concept or feasibility right through to building completion. We are also happy to take your project on at any stage or to any point.
If, having looked through our website, you are interested in using us for your project, please feel free to call us to discuss further by calling M +44 (0)7904 868408 or T +44 (0)1935 873006, or email email@example.com
Client & Site Meeting
We will then arrange for a no obligation free of charge meeting, normally at the prospective site to discuss your ideas & requirements and feasibility. Visiting the site should also highlight any obvious planning or design constraints as well as potential opportunities.
A general design brief is written based on your requirements, lifestyle, likes & dislikes, wants & needs and your budget. This will be accompanied by a fee proposal. It is important that any potential client has a good relationship with their architect and communication is key from an early stage.
As a fully chartered practice, we are required by RIBA to have an appointment letter in place before proceeding with the commission. The design process can then continue.
Concept / Sketch Scheme
We will design a scheme/s to varying levels of detail depending upon the project. The design will be site specific and consider issues such orientation, gradients, neighbouring properties, outlook and general layout. These outline proposal drawings are a useful tool for initial discussions with local planning officers and or other consultants.
Once a sketch design has evolved with the clientâ€™s input, planning drawings can then be worked up in further detail, focusing on spatial arrangements, elevations, materials and appearance. We have a number of tools available to us to help the client fully understand the design of a building. These include standard CAD drawings, sketch work, artistic impressions, 3D modelling fly through and animations, photomontages, diagrams and models. This applies to both the concept and planning drawing stages.
We will complete the relevant application forms, write design & access statements and other required documents to make a planning submission.
Upon approval, Drummonds Architecture can discharge any conditions resulting from your approval.
A range of information will need to be produced prior to building work commencing. These include a set of building regulations drawings which need to be signed off by a building control officer, detailed construction drawings, schedules and notices.
Tender Process or Negotiation
Depending on the nature of the project it may be necessary to â€˜go outâ€™ to tender. This allows a number of construction companies to bid to undertake work on your project. Drummonds Architecture can prepare all the necessary information for tender. However you may already have a builder or company in mind. We can also recommend companies that we have worked with successfully in the past.
Drummonds Architecture offer full contract administration. We will make visits to site as necessary during onsite construction to assess build quality and assist with the production of further drawings or providing information.
After Practical Completion
We will inspect and identify any defects with the building, known as â€˜snaggingâ€™.