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Why should you use a Rochdale architect?

Do I need an architectural firm?
If your project is not complex, it is worth speaking to an architect Rochdale to get advice before you move forward. For projects costing more than PS50,000, most architects will offer a full design service. However, if your budget is less than that, an architect may be able to help you in the beginning stages of your project. Many architects offer one-off consultations, which can be extremely helpful. They will guide you through every step of the project from design and costing to planning and execution. This will allow you to gain valuable insight that will assist you in realizing your project. It is probable that you will require an architect to obtain planning permission.
How do you know if someone has been certified as an architect?

The title architect is protected by law (Architects Act 1997) so only people who have been through rigorous training and are fully qualified may use it. Pay attention to companies that advertise themselves as architects, or any similar language. This can indicate that they are not eligible. All architects must be registered with Architects Registration Board. Most architects will also want to become RIBA members. A person without one of these credentials may be operating unregulated. This will give you no guarantee that they can deliver the service required.

Why should I choose a RIBA Chartered Practice

Only architectural practices that fulfill strict eligibility criteria can be registered as a RIBA Chartered Practice. All RIBA accredited Chartered Practices* employ a specified number of RIBA Chartered Architects

Professional Indemnity Insurance
A quality management system that is effective
Put in place comprehensive policies regarding Health, Safety and the Environment
Expected to act in accordance to the Code of Practice in a manner that is appropriate to their status. You can view the entire Code of Practice.

They are committed in providing outstanding customer service and design. The RIBA is proud to only recommend Chartered Practices that are accredited to its clients.
How do I write a concise?

Your project’s ultimate success is dependent on the quality of your brief. Your ability to clearly and concisely describe to your architect what your building will do, as well as the management and operations plans. It is a good idea to ask your architect for help in preparing a final short. What information should your architect have?

Your goals
your budget
Your design style: Do you want a design that matches the existing building or is it something else? Do you prefer a high-tech or contemporary design? Are you concerned about creating a sustainable and/or ecological design?
Your motivations for taking on this building venture: What are the intended activities?
Your authority: Who is responsible for making decisions regarding the costs, designs, and construction during the project’s progress?
Your overall expectations. What do you expect to get from this project – more space and light, more uses, greater flexibility?

Your initial meetings will be a time when your architect will take the time to listen to what you want and then create a brief. The brief should address not only the design aesthetics of the building but also its function. At the beginning of the project, budgets and timings will be set. Once you have approved initial sketches, ideas can be developed.
How do you choose the right architect to work with?

Many clients will choose an architect they feel comfortable with. This can work well if you don’t need specific skills or services that will match your needs. If this is the case, a more structured approach to selection is suggested.

It is important to find a practice that has the experience and goals you have. Find out how many similar project they have worked on, what contacts they have made with local planning officials and their track record for approvals. Check their references to see how well they communicated with you, how responsive they were when changes were made, and how well they managed the budget.

Discuss your project with each firm you have shortlisted. Also, ask if they have the ability to accept it. If yes, request literature detailing the firm’s experience and qualifications. Visit their website. Ask to see their portfolio and to tour finished buildings. It is important to get to know your potential architect. It is vital to determine if you will be compatible. You need to be convinced that your architects are creative and can get things done.
How much should I expect the first meeting to cost?

Although architects don’t have to offer their services for free, they do charge a reasonable fee for the first meeting. This will involve a short meeting to discuss both the project and the architect’s abilities to deliver it. Anything more than this will result in a charge. For detailed design advice, you can expect to pay.

You should always ask about the cost of initial meetings.
What’s the price?

Fees for architects vary depending on where they are located, how complex the project is and what level of service they expect. Some architects base their fees on percentages of the project’s cost. Others charge a flat price lump sum or time charges. You can decide how much, or how little, you pay an architect. This includes the initial design discussions and the delivery of the finished project.
How can I get an architect hired?

The success of any project depends on a strong working relationship between client and architect. Before any project can begin, both you and your architect need to discuss and agree on the scope and cost for architectural services.

The Domestic Project Agreement has been published by the RIBA. This agreement is for clients who are starting smaller projects. You may prefer the RIBA Concise Agreement if you are acting in commercial or business capacity. The RIBA Standard Agreement suits larger projects with more complex contract terms. It can be used to all procurement methods including design & construction.
How do you know if you need planning permission?

Your architect can advise you about all required approvals. But, if your curiosity is piqued, then visit the Government’s Planning Portal site.

What are my health- and safety obligations?

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM2015) provide guidelines for the management of health, safety and welfare when construction projects are being built. The regulations have been revised in April 2015 and are applicable to commercial and domestic clients.

These terms impose a duty on clients to make arrangements for the management of a project. They include a principal designer and principal contractor.

Which form of building contract do I need?

Once you have obtained planning approval, your architect may recommend the best form of building contract. He will then prepare drawings and technical specifications to describe your proposals. The RIBA has a number contracts suitable for commercial or domestic projects.

How can I keep control of the build’s quality?

The contract administrator is responsible to manage the construction contract. This is your responsibility unless you appoint someone.

A contract administrator can be an architect to oversee the construction. They can conduct regular inspections, handle questions, instruct any additional work, monitor progress on site, keep trackof cost, value works, and certify payment due to the builder.
What’s the project management process?

Projects go through essentially the same process.