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pride ourselves on the quality of our service and believe that we stand
out for the exemplary nature of our approach and outputs.
We never rest on assumptions or repeat standard solutions. Each
project is questioned from first principles and emerges through
collaboration with clients and other stakeholders, ensuring that it
addresses clear needs and aspirations in an intelligent and creative
This thorough approach ensures that we can maximise value by
identifying problems and their most effective
resolution, focusing expenditure to where it is needed most. It
also means that others who are involved in the process have the
information that they need to make clear and effective decisions.
Our workstages loosely follow the RIBA plan of work, but have been
honed to coincide with major project milestones:
Stage 1: Briefing, Initial
Each project starts with the gathering of information. A
thorough briefing process is the most important stage of any job - if
you are asking the wrong questions and making the wrong assumptions at
the start then everything that follows will also be wrong!
We arrange for a full survey to be undertaken, and engage in a number
of conversations to establish what the needs and aspirations of the
project are. This often results in questioning and putting aside
initial assumptions. We will also ask that you develop your own
ideas for the project - how you imagine you will use the spaces and
what they might look and feel like.
We then develop your brief and ideas into concept proposals through
sketches and models. At this stage we also consider basic
constructional and environmental concerns. There may be a number
of options or variations that reflect different solutions to the
The major output of stage 1 is a report that brings all of these
options and details together for discussion, and agreement for how to
Stage 2: Design Development,
Stage 2 takes the initial proposals and develops these into a
coherent design ready for a planning application where required.
Drawings, models and reports bring together all of the information and
develop the proposal ready for submission. Careful research is
also undertaken into the planning context and history.
We are meticulous about the information that we submit, using a number
of methods to best describe the scheme. We have experience of
making successful applications in conservation areas and to listed
buildings, within the national park and areas of outstanding natural
beauty, and have been praised for the thorough and comprehensive
quality of our applications and our conduct throughout the
Even where planning is not required, this stage is an important phase
of development of the project from the initial proposals ready for
detailed and technical design.
The major output of stage 2 is a planning submission to the local
Stage 3: Detailed Design,
When planning permission is granted, the next steps are to
develop the technical information of how the project will be
built. Stages 3 and 4 tend to run concurrently, but can be
separated depending on the service to be provided.
At stage 3 other consultants such as structural engineers become more
involved and the building fabric and performance are developed and
The major output of stage 3 is a submission for Building Regulations
Stage 4:Technical Design, Tender
Stage 4 develops this information into a full set of details and
specifications for contractors to prepare full tenders. At this
stage all of the final decisions on materials and products will be made
and the way that elements come together finalised.
The major output of stage 4 is a tender submission to a number of
builders to get accurate quotes for the work.
Stage 5: Construction, Contract
Following the selection of a contractor, construction can start.
All of the construction information, details and specifications are
brought together and a contract formed between you and the
contractor. This will set out exactly what is to be built, how
much this will cost, and how long it will take.
Throughout the construction phase we act as contract administrator,
checking progress and quality of work, responding to queries and
requests for information, and monitoring the financial aspects of the
project. We will certify work and issue instructions to ensure
that the work is in accordance with the contract.
We will visit site regularly through this stage, and at practical
completion will gather information and inspect the work ready for
handover. After you have moved in we will assist in coordinating
any further work that is required and settling the final accounts, as
well as helping you to get to know your new building.
providing local, award
winning design across Devon:
South Hams, Dartmoor, Plymouth and Exeter
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