From concept to completion, I offer a complete architectural and design service, which is both professional and personal.

Each project, whatever its scale, requires creative design skills, a solid understanding of architectural principles and practical experience of design and build projects.

I manage the entire process. So I will take your project from the initial design concept to planning and approval, through procurement, and all building work, until its successful completion – and then sign-off by you.

Here’s a breakdown of the project stages and what you can expect:

Client briefing / initial consultation

This is where I get to understand what you have in mind, your priorities and your needs. It’s not a problem if your ideas are unclear at this stage. I’ll help you clarify and develop them later.

Building analysis / survey

The survey covers not just the structure of the building but also how the space is used. This analysis is crucial for the design phase that follows. It ensures that any alterations and other work that may be proposed is feasible. It also provides the basis for outline specifications and a preliminary cost plan.

Concept design

At this stage I generate some initial design ideas, develop them in close consultation with you and take on board all functional and practical considerations. This will ensure that our agreed design is deliverable – in terms of planning law, buildability and your outline budget – and, crucially, that it will meet your needs.

Complete the project brief

Having refined the design, we can agree the project brief. I also outline the specifications and cost plan.

Planning permission

This is a requirement for all designs that propose changes to the external, visual appearance of a building. It involves collating relevant documents, preparing and submitting drawings to the planning authority, and liaising with its planning department.

Tender documentation

Careful specification of materials and works helps us control costs, add value, and deliver the quality of finish desired. I identify and evaluate potential contractors, specialists and suppliers. Having invited contractors to bid – at least two and usually three – I analyse their prices and suggested time frames for carrying out the work.

Project management

I keep the work on track, while controlling quality and costs. This involves monitoring construction information, weekly site visits to check progress against drawings and material specifications, and coordinating design details with the main contractor. It ends only with client approval of the finished works.

My track record in dealing with planning authorities, building control and contractors is successful.

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