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Apartment Design

Diarmuid Kelly has worked as project architect at all stages of the design and construction of complex apartment buildings.

At each stage in the design and construction process, clients for commercial housing developments need the best professional services. You must be certain that there are no “missed opportunities” to add value to the scheme.

Key Stages:

  1. Feasibility
  2. Sketch design
  3. Scheme Design
  4. Planning Permission
  5. Procurement and Technical Design
  6. Additional Consents
  7. Design Certification
  8. Construction

Your architect must bring different skills to bear at each stage. We have developed a skills, technology and services to deliver a complete service for all forms of commercial housing.

The design shown above has been developed to showcase the potential of our BIM based design and documentation process.

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