RBD Architecture & Interiors is a RIBA Chartered Practice, recognised and promoted by the RIBA for our commitment to quality assurance, client service and business management. RBD offer a wide and comprehensive range of architectural design services, tailored to suit each client and project. These services are based on the current RIBA Plan of Work which is recognised in the industry as the UK model for the building design and construction process.
Our clients are very important to us so a flexible approach to the scope of our appointment and our fees are available as we understand that every project is different. Our terms of appointment will be clearly set out and agreed with you at the outset.
The available architectural services are numerous, so we have simplified them into four design stages, namely, Design Stage One: Project Strategy, Brief, Concept Design; Design Stage Two: Developed Design & Planning; Design Stage Three: Technical Design & Tender; Design Stage Four: Contract Administration, Construction, Handover.
Additional architectural services such as 3D Visualisation, Home Automation Design & Coordination and Custom Fitted Joinery Design are also available.
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Design Stage One
Project Strategy, Brief, Concept Design
Following initial discussions with the client we will prepare a project strategy and a brief. This will consider the client’s requirements, key objectives, the project budget, programme and design aspirations.
Next we will arrange a measured survey and gather site information before preparing a feasibility study based on the brief. During this stage we will outline all project constraints and opportunities, applicable statutory requirements and likely input required from other consultants. Depending on the scale and complexity of the project it may be necessary to appoint a Quantity Surveyor from this point forward to advise on project cost.
After discussing the results of the feasibility study with the client we will prepare a concept design focusing not only on form, function and aesthetic, but early consideration of structure and building services. We will also consider materials, method of construction, site logistics and the project budget. The concept design often comprises of multiple options to be discussed and reviewed with the client. We typically use CAD drawings and 3D visuals at this stage to present our work.
Design Stage Two
Developed Design & Planning
Once the concept design has been agreed we will liaise with the local planning authority and any other statutory consultees. We will then prepare and submit the relevant planning applications, supporting drawings, assessments and statements, and manage each application through to determination. RBD Architecture & Interiors have extensive knowledge of local authority planning policy and the planning process and have considerable experience working with listed buildings, conservation areas and greenbelt development. We pride ourselves on maintaining an approval success rate of over 95% including applications of various degrees of scale and complexity.
Design Stage Three
Technical Design & Tender
Once planning consent has been granted we will prepare the technical design – a construction package of detailed drawings, schedules, product information and health & safety information for pricing. We usually recommend seeking tenders from a minimum of three principal contractors.
The development of the technical design is a continuation of the design process requiring careful coordination of our design with information provided by the other appointed consultants. Our preferred approach is to work closely with our clients during the preparation of this information to make all key design decisions before work commences on site. This will help ensure that the construction cost and programme is kept to a minimum.
The technical design will include important information such as setting out, construction details, mechanical and electrical specifications and Building Regulations notes. All tendering contractors will also be provided with a summary of the proposed Building Contract particulars.
Design Stage Four
Contract Administration, Construction, Handover
Once a principal contractor has been chosen we will act as Contract Administrator, assisting with the preparation of an appropriate Building Contract. The client and the principal contractor will formally agree terms relating to the proposed works, the construction programme and the contract value.
During construction, RBD will administer the terms of the building contract, carry out regular site inspections, respond to any contractor queries, monitor progress, and continue to manage and coordinate the design.
On completion of the works we will prepare all relevant documentation for handover and review the final account.