The following provides detail on the typical stages and core architectural services that PAD studio provide. The wonderful thing about our approach is that every site, client and project is unique and as such our services are flexible and tailored to best suit individual project needs. Some projects may not require all services, while others may require additional services; it’s all part of the conversation, and that is where we begin.
After talking some detail from you on the phone we will arrange to visit you to look at the site. We will assess the environmental impact of the site and look at the surroundings. Our work is very site specific…we do not roll out generic solutions. The RIBA refer to this as Stage 0.
We always recommend that we start with a Feasibility Study, (RIBA Stage 1). We will agree a price with you for producing sketch ideas. We like to produce different options for consideration. At this point in the process our appointment is simply by an exchange of letters and you are not tied to us beyond this stage. We listen closely to your aspirations for your project and with you we will formulate a brief which becomes a reference point throughout the project.
After we have presented you with Initial Feasibility Ideas we give you time to think (if required) and then we like to meet up again to listen to your feedback.
Often the adopted approach is a combination of different ideas which leads on to the next stage.
Before we begin this stage we will give you an idea of our fees for working up the drawings with a view to submitting a Planning Permission. We will advise you on any specialist advice that you may need.
We work with like-minded consultants and are happy to suggest engineers, Environmental & Cost Consultants. We often have Design reviews with other architectural practices as we are actively involved in promoting the Arts in Hampshire.
A successful outcome at the Planning Application Stage is never guaranteed, but we have a 98% success rate and the quality of our design work has been acknowledged by both Planning and Appeal Officers in different Local Authorities. We believe that dialogue with the Local Authority is helpful and we will start this as early in the design process as possible. In conjunction with developing a scheme for Planning we advise that a cost plan is carried out by a specialist to ensure that the Design aligns with your budget. We can then begin the construction preparation.
During Stage 4 we begin the drawings that will become the Construction information. These will eventually be priced by a contractor and will be used on site to build the building. Our Construction Information is very detailed as this ensures the quality of build that we expect on site. We will apply for Building Regulations at this stage. We have a 100% track record and work with several firms of Approved Inspectors.
Once sufficient information has been produced we will meet with carefully selected Contractors to discuss your project requirements and invite them to submit tender prices. We will answer any queries that may arise and ensure that we guide you through the process of selecting the right contractor for your project.
Once a contractor has been selected and appointed we begin the final stages of the project…construction. We like to oversee all our projects on site to ensure that our high standards are adhered to. We visit site regularly and ensure that everything is built according to our intentions, and we answer contractor queries as soon as is possible to prevent any delay on site. Our close involvement during construction ensures that our time post construction is minimised, leaving you to enjoy living, working or playing.
RIBA Stage 6 is Handover & Close Out of the building contract. At this stage we ensure that any defects are attended to and all drawings & specifications are updated to 'As Constructed Information'.
During the final stage (RIBA Stage 7) we may provide what is known as Post-occupancy Evaluation. This may involve further site visits at specific periods (six and twelve months post completion) to monitor the building’s performance and evaluate the success of the project to ensure that we learn from everything that we do. We end as we started, with a conversation: We will ask you to evaluate our performance as your feedback is important to us.