Your Vision Delivered
We work with our clients - rather than for them - so you can enjoy our service - either sitting back to watch us expand upon your vision; or taking a more active role if you wish.
Bondstones' dedicated Architecture team is passionate about instilling the best value in every project - no matter how 'value' may be perceived.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Outlined below are the various stages required to complete a typical project from start to finish. This methodology follows the RIBA Plan of work and is the framework for all of our projects (all of which we deliver in-house).
We have simplified the RIBA guide even further with notes to explain what this each phase is likely to mean for your project.
However please note that every building and design project is different - we will advise on the various stages at the outset - this avoids confusion in the long run and sets a unique programme of work for every client and every project...
STRATEGIC DEFINITION & BRIEF
In the first instance we will typically meet with our clients and discuss requirements and review the site. While some may treat this as a sales meeting, we don't: We always aim to provide positive and helpful advice from the outset. That advice may be hard to accept - in any event we will be frank and objective in our approach:
In every case we will undertake a meeting / interview with the client (and any other interested parties) in order to formulate a general strategy for the project. We will often introduce our planning colleagues at this early stage as planning considerations need to be taken into account from the outset - particularly in contentious or protected sites.
After the outline brief is formed and contracts to proceed are agreed, we will prepare an design brief for the project and review the sites history before any true design work commences. We will also advise on CDM and any other legal duties that you may have.
Meet & Greet; Setting the brief
CONCEPT & DETAILED DESIGN
Once we have agreed to work together and the project is likely to succeed we will move on to the process of design. This entails a significant amount of research, development and use of our expertise to match the brief with both the practical side of building the project.
Our survey / design team will attend the property to survey the existing features present. This is then drawn up into 'as existing' drawings and as a model in our 3D system - ready to produce a concept design to suit the already agreed design brief.
A concept model will then be created for discussion. We will normally meet again (or correspond by email) to confirm the concept is acceptable (however if revisions are required this will be accommodated in our final detailed design process - planning drawings) and an application pack created for submission to the local planning authority.
The planning submission will be handled in house by our planning team. Once submitted an application will be reviewed and determined against local planning policy by the Local Planning Authority - This process usually takes 8 weeks from the date of submission.
TECHNICAL DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Once planning approvals have been gained, and any pre-commencement negotiations are complete, stage 4 turns the scheme design drawings into working drawings which can then gain building regulations approval and, subject to tendering processes, a builder can be appointed.
Throughout the construction programme, Bondstones services are available to manage the entire process - from tendering through to contract administration, completion and snagging - to formal provision of 'professional certificates' to sign off the work as being complete.
HAND OVER &
Stage 6 is when the project is completed and all documents are handed over the the client. The working drawings are completed and marked As Built.
The Health and Safety file is updated and handed to the client. Stage 7 is when the client will review and feedback any post occupation issues or snags that need to be resolved.
Snagging & Hand-over
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We generally undertake work for:
* Please note that 'small' extensions are not really our cup of tea... However if necessary we would be happy to refer you to a suitable 3rd party specialist.
That said, large, unique extensions and complete 'one off' domestic overhauls really do float our boat... so please get in touch!
The 'Contact Us' bit:
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