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Construction FAQ: How long does it take to develop planning permission into construction drawings?

This is a response to a recent query on our website; it’s something all clients ask us so we decided...

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How Do I Check my Insurance Needs Before starting Building Work on My Home?

This is a common question, and it applies to all projects, after a builder has been selected, while the building...

“How Will Our Design Process Work?” A Design Process Storyboard for a Small Dining Room Extension. Architectural Practice FAQ

Nearly all our domestic clients are new to the architectural design process, to describe the service they’ll receive we like...

Steps to Follow on Every Site Visit- Your Safety during Home Renovations FAQ

Contact the building contractor by phone before every visit. Meet them as soon as you arrive, stay with them at...

Mechanical and Electrical Consultant- Your Design Team FAQ

Mechanical and Electrical Consultant- Your Design Team FAQ

When construction professionals talk about “M&E” in a domestic project, this probably refers to the “plumbing” and “electrics”. In a...

Achieve Luxury at the Right Price- Architects’ Buying Tips for Your New Kitchen

Achieve Luxury at the Right Price- Architects’ Buying Tips for Your New Kitchen

In the last number of months we have seen enormous differences in the quality, price-transparency and service offered by kitchen...

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Design Team FAQ- Did we describe your role correctly? Feedback welcome

Over the last few days, we have posted brief descriptions of each design team role for our blog readers, many...

10 Signs of a Safe and Well Run Building Site- Your Safety during Home Renovations FAQ

10 Signs of a Safe and Well Run Building Site- Your Safety during Home Renovations FAQ

The obvious signs of compliance may indicate a strong health and safety culture on your project, but they could equally...

Assigned Certifier- Your Design Team FAQ

Assigned Certifier- Your Design Team FAQ

The Assigned Certifier is a registered professional appointed by a building owner to organise inspections and certify a building’s compliance...

Your Health and Safety Responsibilities For Building Design and Construction- A Brief Summary

Your Health and Safety Responsibilities For Building Design and Construction- A Brief Summary

You need to think about health and safety whenever you employ people to do work on your house; the law...

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Quantity Surveyor- Your Design Team FAQ

The role of the QS is described elsewhere on this site in some detail. Please see our FAQ section on...

Our Daylight Analysis and Lighting Design Services

Our Daylight Analysis and Lighting Design Services

We provide technical daylight analysis services for planning applications, glazing design and large scale artificial lighting design. When Do I...

Interior Architect- Your Design Team FAQ

Interior architects are differentiated from interior designers by the fact that they often assume a broader role than aesthetic design,...

Some Other Construction Service Providers

In addition to the roles and professions listed in this FAQ section, a large number of people provide design services...

Different projects need different skills and services- your architect will help you decide

What Professionals do I need and When? Your Design Team FAQ

This is a very basic list of your professional services needs for a home renovation project; please read the descriptions...

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Project Manager- Your Design Team FAQ

“Project Manager” is a widely used term; it is also widely mis- understood in the context of the building industry....

Fire Safety

Fire Safety Consultant- Your Design Team FAQ

The Fire Safety Consultant undertakes to amend and augment the design of a building to ensure compliance with Part B...

Overview of Building Control Changes 2013- 2015

We offer Assigned Certifier Services under the 2014 Building Control (Amendment) Regulations. Please see our “Services” section for a breakdown...

Various skilled professionals collaborate to make your project a reality long before the builder starts onsite.

Architectural Services- Your Design Team FAQ

In this context “Architectural Services” describes the core design, information management and building procurement tasks which are carried out by...

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Structural Engineer- Your Design Team FAQ

Architects are qualified to provide structural design, and this is appropriate for many simple domestic projects, but structural design is...

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