We provide a complete architectural service throughout the Royal Institute of British Architects Plan of Work stages. This includes the following key stages in the design and build process:

Stage 1: Preparation and Briefing

The first stage of every project is about understanding your requirements. We will work with you to shape your ideas into a common brief that will act as a guide for all parties during the project. It is also about understanding what is possible with your site.

Key services:

  • Brief Development
  • Feasibility Studies

Stage 2: Concept Design

The second stage is where the design work really starts. We will build on the brief to establish design concepts that will fuel your thinking and prepare for the planning process. Most often this starts with a pre-application consultation and we will work with you to engage and meet with the local authority.

Key services:

  • Concept Design
  • Space Planning
  • Planning Pre-Application Consultation

Stage 3: Co-ordinated Design (aka Spatial Coordination)

The third stage is to develop the concept design into a workable scheme to take forward to a full planning application. We will guide you through this process, analysing and evaluating site options, and preparing the information and drawings you require to get consent to build your scheme from the local planning authority.

Key services:

  • Design & Drawings
  • Planning Applications
  • Conservation Design
  • Procurement Advice

Stage 4: Technical Design (aka Detailed Design)

At this stage, you will have planning consent from the local authority to build your project. We will now prepare the technical drawings required to ensure your contractor builds what you want to the standard required. This will ensure your development meets your standards but also those required to get building control sign-off.

Key services:

  • Detail Design
  • Building Regulations Full Plans Applications
  • Production Information
  • Design Coordination
  • Tender Documentation

Stage 5: Construction

Stage five is about ensuring what you planned to build is actually built. We assist our clients to find and appoint contractors with the skills, experience and resources to realise their vision. We also assist in keeping contractors on track during the building process.

Key services:

  • Client Agent Role
  • Contract Administration (traditional procurement)
  • Employer’s Requirements & Contractor’s Proposals (Design & Build procurement)
  • Site Inspections

Stage 6: Handover (aka Practical Completion)

At stage six your property will have reached practical completion and the building will be handed over to you. It is now important to make sure the building performs as designed and expected. This includes the defects period, commonly known as snagging.

Key services:

  • Site Inspection
  • Oversee Defects Period
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation

Extra Services

We can also provide the following extra services that fall outside the RIBA’s plan of works:

  • Principal Designer
  • Interior Design
  • Urban Masterplanning
  • Landscape Design
  • Project Management
  • Computer Generated Illustration (CGI / Artist’s Impressions)

If you have a property or building project you would like to discuss please click on the button below and you will find our contact details. We are happy to assist from feasibility to practical completion.

Bedford architects
Bedford architects
Bedford architects