George and James Architects

PROCESS

What you can expect when working with us.

1. Preparation and Brief

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This is the most important part of the project and where we can add the most value. We will undertake some preliminary appraisals to assess the options and feasibility of the project. We will identify the need for any approvals and other consultants, most commonly a structural engineer.

2. Concept Design

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Using the initial project brief we will develop outline proposals. We will present a number of initial concepts for you to choose from. We will also liaise with local planning department, if required.

3. Developed Design

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We will spend more time at this stage transforming ideas into something that can be built. This includes coordinating the work of other consultants into the design. Once agreed, the design proposals will then be submitted for planning approval, if required.

4. Technical Design

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We will now prepare the technical drawings and a schedule of works that will be used to price and construct the building. We can then invite and appraise tenders from builders and administrate the building contract on your behalf. We will also submit information to Building Control.

5. Construction

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Throughout the construction phase we will administer your contract with the builder, carry out regular inspections, deal with queries, instruct any additional work required, monitor progress on site, keep track of cost, value the works and certify payments due to the builder.

6. Handover and Close Out

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When the project is ready to handover we will inspect and value the works and issue a certificate. We will be available after handover and during any defects period to arrange for certifying the final payment.