A PROJECT WILL STAND OR FALL BY THE CLARITY OF IT'S TECHNICAL DETAIL
WE ARE CHARTERED ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGISTS
IS AN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST AN ARCHITECT?
How are Architectural Technologists different?
This means that we design from a problem solving approach. We do this by identifying as many constraints as possible and then work through solving them until we have a resolved design.
What constraints are identified?
To mention a few (because the list can be extensive):
- Client Design Brief
- Financial Budget & Time Constraints
- Physical Site Constraints
- Planning Policy, Local Precedent & Building Regulations
- Available Building Technologies
- Type of Contractor
TECHNICAL DETAIL HELPS YOU THROUGH EVERY STAGE
DESIGN - We take the Design Brief forward and form initial drawings and documents that are then used to gain Planning Permissions that may be required.
CONSTRUCTION - We take the Planning Level drawings & documents forward to form the Building Regulations information first and then add even more detail to form the Construction Level drawings & details.
COMPLETION - To reach a successful completion on your project we can help with vetting contractors, forming & invoking a formal contract and also then administering the contract. This also involves checking that works has been completed to allow you to release payment for the works. We also help gather all the information required to enable the final Completion Certificate from Building Control and any final retention payments to the Contractor.
Because we understand the Technical Detail from the outset, the design process is streamlined, the final solution is fully resolved, it fits your needs but also local authority requirements. Your project, is cost effective and logistically realistic to build.
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
WE OFFER ADDITIONAL SERVICES TO HELP WITH ASPECTS THAT COULD SLOW A PROJECT
we are members of the FPWS
Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors
It is true that a Partywall Surveyor does not need to have a formal qualification in the industry, but we have found that with a qualification comes a superior knowledge. That knowledge can give helpful insights on the nuances of the Party Wall etc ACT 1996.
We have had advanced training in how the legislation should be applied and after having our portfolio assessed and passing the exam we have attained the accreditation MFPWS.
We will work to find the most pragmatic solution to get the project moving, whilst at the same time ensuring that the legislation is being applied correctly.
we are CONTRACT ADMINISTRATORS
We recommend JCT standard forms of contract
The reason we recommend using a standard contract instead of just signing up to a contractor's estimate, is that the project is then on your terms, you are in control of what you pay and when you pay, because part of setting up the contract will outline payment structure and tie it to the original estimate.
As Contract Administrators we help you select the correct JCT contract and then ensure that it is filled out & invoked correctly.
Once the contract is in place we then monitor the progress of the project and agree whether you should release funds or not depending on our analysis of what works have been carried out. We follow this process through to the end of the project, where we will let you know when you can release the final retention held back until works are completed correctly.
we are HEALTH & SAFETY ADVISORS
2015 CDM (CONSTRUCTION DESIGN & MANAGEMENT) REGULATIONS
The 2015 CDM regulations place responsibilities on you as the Client to ensure that your project is run in a safe a manner as possible.
This starts at the design stage and runs all the way through to maintenance of the building.
We can help you fulfil your responsibilities as set out in the legislation and can also work as the "Principal Designer" as required under CDM.