What Does An Architect Do?
The architect’s role will vary depending on how much you want them to do (ranging from Stage 0 to 7 of the RIBA Plan of Work).
If they are involved from concept through to technical delivery, the architect can help you achieve your vision, draw up the brief, consult with stakeholders, guide you through the process, maximise space, solve problems, secure planning consent, appoint and lead the project team and also work with the contractor to deliver the scheme on site.
Do You Really Need An Architect?
Generally architects begin to offer a full service for projects with a budget of £30,000 or more, but for a smaller fee an architect can help you figure out how to get the best out of your project, regardless of size and whether they are needed later on.
Most architects offer one-off consultations and these can be incredibly useful. They will give you guidance on all aspects of your project from design and cost through to planning and construction. In a short space of time you can gain an enormous amount of valuable information which will help you realise your project.
If you need planning permission it is likely that you will need an architect.
Why Choose An RIBA Chartered Practice?
Choosing an accredited RIBA Chartered Practice will give you peace of mind. They comply with strict criteria covering insurance, health and safety and quality management systems.
They range from one-person offices to large, multinational firms operating worldwide - so you'll be able to find the right match.
How Do I Write The Brief?
The ultimate success of your project depends on the quality of your brief, i.e. your ability to describe to your architect clearly the requirements and functions of your building, and proposed methods of operation and management. It is wise to ask your architect to assist you in preparing a final brief. Your architect will need to know:
Your design style: are you looking for a design in keeping with the existing building? Do you want a contemporary or high-tech design? Are you concerned about having a sustainable or ecological design?
Your reasons for embarking on this building project: what activities are intended for it?
Your authority: who will be making the decisions about the designs, costs and day-to-day matters when the project is underway?
Your overall expectations: what do you hope to achieve by this project - a more comfortable place for you to live in?
At the initial meetings, your architect will listen carefully to your intentions and create a brief, addressing not only design aesthetics, but also the function of the building. Timings and budgets for your project will be defined at an early stage and only after you have approved initial sketches will the ideas be developed further.
What Are CDM Regulations?
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) are the regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. The regulations changed in April 2015 and apply to both domestic and commercial clients.
The HSE provides guidance for domestic clients
The CITB provides guidance for commercial clients
Regular construction clients can contact the Construction Client Group of Constructing Excellence for more information
Will I Need Planning Permission?
If you're unsure of whether you need planning permission, the Government's Planning Portal has an interactive guide giving broad advice on the subject for a range of common domestic works.
Is Innes Architects Are Right For You?
We understand choosing an Architect is a big decision, and not all Architects suit all clients.
If you feel that Innes Architects is not the practice you feel best suits your project, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) offers an impartial architect search tool. In addition RIBA are also able to generate personalised shortlists of architects, based on your criteria, as a free service.
Regardless of who you choose to be your Architect, RIBA offer guides as an introduction to the process.
For Residential/Domestic Clients:
For Developers/Commercial Clients:
Stages Of A Project
If you're interested in the stages a project moves through, from Concept to Completion, you can look at the RIBA Plan Of Work which sets out each stage, and what can happen in each.