Whether you are planning to build a new house, alter or extend your current home, employ a builder, or do it yourself, it makes sense to consult an architect. We are best placed to help you achieve your aspirations and vision.
Planning permissions can add value to any project whether it is a new building on a vacant site, new use for an existing building, extension or alteration of a building, or a change of use. Clients often use our expertise to obtain planning permission so they can then sell the building or site. We have a proven track record of obtaining consent for projects, and we will give you realistic, honest advice on what is likely to be achievable.
Listed Building Applications
We have experience working with buildings that are listed or located in conservation areas. Extra care needs to be given to these special buildings to preserve their heritage, whilst at the same time achieving sensible solutions to meet modern living requirements.
We can guide you through the construction phase, help you select suitable builders through the tender process, obtain appropriate prices for construction, monitor progress and standards, liaise with other specialists and oversee the construction through to successful completion. We can also take care of inspection and payment certification during the construction process.
Building Regulations Applications and Working Drawings
Applications submitted to Building Control ensure that plans cover the functional requirements of buildings, to safeguard the health and safety of their users and occupiers. The proposals also ensure energy conservation, access and convenience for people with disabilities. Our applications are thorough and detailed. They often show sufficient information for builders to interpret and to build from if clients only require limited architectural services.
Working drawings are in essence very similar to building regulation drawings but adjusted so builders/ contractors can work & build directly from them. This means more detail, separate drawings for separate disciplines and specification of materials etc.
Feasibility Studies and Masterplanning
Often an initial assessment needs to be carried out to explore the practicalities and implications of a project before things go too far or too much expense is incurred. We can carry out feasibility studies, which may include assessments of a building before it is purchased. We can advise home owners before they commit to buying a flat or a house. We can advise developers as to the potential of their land.
We carry out some measured surveys, which enables us to prepare plans of existing buildings.
Good design can make a huge difference to a business. Premises should not only function properly but be a great place for staff to work and customers to visit. A building that reduces energy consumption and engages with a company ethos will bring huge benefits to the business both in terms of cost and marketing. A business that values design will send out a message that it is high quality, and that customers can expect a high level of service and care. Aspire Architects LTD can assist clients to develop their businesses through the use of carefully considered, high quality architecture. We would be delighted to discuss your commercial proposal with you, to give input to your business plan and advise on funding, and explore how design can help make your ambitions a success.
“Projects where more than one contractor is involved (domestic or non-domestic) must appoint a principal designer and principal contractor & require a health and safety file.”
Choosing the right Architect for your project has never been more important. Recent changes in CDM Regulations 2015 mean the position of CDM co-ordinator has been removed & now the Client & Principal Designer hold many more responsibilities. As the client it is your responsibility to ensure the competency of those you appoint. Getting the right people for the job means your designers & your contractors need to have the skills, knowledge and experience to identify, reduce and manage health and safety risks.
A principal designer is required to plan, manage and coordinate the planning & design work. Appoint them as early as possible so they can help you gather information about the project & ensure that the designers have done all they can to check that it can be built safely. Aspire Architects are an experienced team of designers and technicians who can take your project from inception through to onsite completion whilst offering services such as Principal Designer & Project Manager.
We understand that every client’s needs are different, so each project begins with a consultation that gives us the chance to view your garden and discuss your needs. This usually lasts around 2-3 hours, where we work together and explore a range of possibilities. During this session we will listen to your thoughts, offer suggestions and advice and help you to decide the best course of action. From here we will be able to produce your design brief that reflects the requirements for your new garden.
Once the brief has been agreed, a detailed site survey is carried out by surveyors, which will include house, boundaries, existing features, trees, levels and all measurements required for the development of accurate design plans. This stage is vital as a proper site survey reduces unnecessary and unplanned expense during the building phase. We can do this for you or arrange for a surveyor to do it if the site is exceptionally large or complex.
Before creating a full design of your garden, we will produce concept plans. These will include hand drawn sketches and an accompanying mood board to help you really visualise how your new garden will be. From here we can agree on the general components of your garden, before moving onto the full design.
The next step is for us to produce the full design that contains enough detailed information to be able to construct your garden. This includes a scaled landscaping plan with defined planting areas, the main plants to be used, and the surfaces and textures for hard landscaping. The full design will be supplied with visuals in order to bring your new completed garden to life, and offer suggestions for planting and materials.
The full design usually includes basic planting ideas, however, more detailed planting plans are sometimes required. This involves working drawings to position each plant, making sure nothing is left to chance. It is important that the plants selected will not only create stunning compositions but are also suited to your soil and aspect, ensuring your garden will continue to grow from strength to strength. Our aim is to give your garden year round structure and interest, and use plants that will both compliment each other but also the style of your house and garden. We also produce Planting Plans to achieve conditional approval if required.
These may be required by your contractor to show in detail how a particular part or feature of your garden is to be constructed.
We regularly work with landscapers and there are many who we trust to provide an outstanding quality of work. We are happy to recommend companies who we believe are best suited to the challenges of your bespoke project. Once you have confirmed your contractor we will prepare and send over all necessary documentation. We will also meet them on site to answer any questions that will enable them to quote for the build fairly and accurately.
Monitoring the Project
To give you extra peace of mind we are able to oversee the project, to ensure it is running smoothly and in accordance with the design. We will regularly keep you up to date with the process, coordinate all contractors and aim to minimise delays, resolve any unforeseen circumstances and control building costs. You will be able to relax knowing your project is in safe hands.
Follow Up Maintenance
Maintenance schedule – after completion a detailed 5 year maintenance schedule can be produced. This is often a requirement of planning conditions.
We are also happy to put you in contact with a number of landscapers who could assist with carrying out the maintenance of your garden.
The preparation of reports and drawings for local authorities.