Step 2: Developing Your Design & Getting Planning Permission

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    Mechanical & electrical plant allocated at the planning stage to its own compact room with easy access and can be kept out of sight behind a closed door.

As architects we look at the whole building in its context. We work hard at designing efficient, well functioning and comfortable buildings which are pleasing to the eye and sit well in their surroundings. We look to future proof the project and ensure its longevity. We optimise our design solutions to maximum efficiency in the use of space and minimise building and running costs. For example corridor areas are minimised as their spaces are of little value except to pass through. Or when a wastewater treatment system is planned we seek to allocate it to a part of the site where it works through natural gravity and does not intrude on the general layout, often benefiting from the co-ordinated advice of a Landscape Architect.

We co-ordinate all the different aspects of the building, for example structural & civil engineering issues are addressed early to avoid unsightly or costly design errors surfacing later on in the process.

We work with the planning authorities throughout the design phases. This means pre-planning consultation at an early stage to get the planning authorities guidance and input, and follow up consultations to ensure that all items have been addressed. The projects themselves are often enhanced by this process. This method has proven to be successful and we have a very good relationship with the Planning Authorities, resulting in clean planning approvals.

Step 3: Detailed Design & Tendering For A Contractor