|Q. Do you prepare plans?
Yes we can either tailor a design to your particular
requirements or provide plans based on your own
Do you design any type of building?
A. Yes we have
completed a variety of both residential and
commercial projects including individual homes,
housing schemes, offices, shops and factories.
Do you design extensions as well as new buildings?
A. Yes we are
experienced in all forms of extension, alteration and
conversion work and are equipped to survey the
existing building and its surroundings in order to
prepare comprehensive design proposals.
Do you get planning permission?
A. Yes we can
submit a planning application on your behalf but
cannot guarantee that the permission will always be
granted. We will however endeavor to give you a good
idea of the chances of getting planning consent at an
What can I do if my application is refused?
A. You can either
ask us to prepare an amended scheme that can be
re-submitted for approval or you can ask us to lodge
an appeal on your behalf to the Secretary of State
who will appoint an inspector to review the
Do you organise the construction of the building?
A. Yes you can ask
us to obtain competitive estimates from builders,
organise the construction work and supervise the job
on site through to completion.
Why should I employ an Architect?
A. Because all
architects have to go through a 7 year period of
extensive training and practical experience before
they can use the name architect - and because the
Architects Registration Board (ARB) is set up to
protect the consumers interest by ensuring that all
architects are competent building designers and
What is a chartered architect?
A. This is simply
the term given to an architect that subscribes an
annual fee to the professional body known as the
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It does
not mean that they are better qualified than
registered architects and in fact the only
requirement in law is for an architect to be
registered with the ARB.
How much should an Architect charge?
A. This will
generally depend on the time it would take to
complete the work and will be charged on an agreed
hourly rate or as a percentage of the construction
cost of the building that is designed. Hourly rates
and percentages vary from one practice to another so
it is worth your while obtaining 2 or 3 quotes.
Smaller practices like ours are generally the most
competitive as the overhead costs are lower and we
are not bound to charge you VAT on our fees. We also
operate a policy of not charging for the initial
meeting with you when we discuss the project in
general terms and advise you on your next course of