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Our first step will be to ask lots of questions, carefully listening to your answers in order to fully understand what you are aiming to achieve. We will work with you to develop your project brief and finalise the budget; this is essential to be agreed before starting any project. We will then develop solutions and propose ways to reduce costs whilst developing a design that will increase the building’ s value. As Chartered Architects, we’ ll guide you through a whole range of processes – from the initial design to seeing the project through planning and construction to completion. 

Full details of our services along with the terms and conditions will be specific to your project, and will be itemised and agreed with you upon appointment. You can commission us for any of the stages that may be needed for your project. For reference, the RIBA’ s ‘Plan of Work 2013’ sets out the key stages of a construction project from inception to completion; preparation and brief, concept design, developed design, technical design, construction, handover and close out.

Furthermore, we are responding to a changing property and construction industry in the following ways:

  • Scrupulous attention to the key goals of cost, time and quality

  • Emphasis on an integrated team approach to the business of building

  • Enhanced standards of design to improve the built environment

  • An awareness of ‘buildability’  and value engineering issues as an integral part of our design approach

  • An awareness of finite energy resources and sustainability

Our brief is to be responsible for the overall concept and layout, save for matters outside our reasonable control such as regulatory authorities; encompassing spatial design, lighting design and the specification of finishes, furniture, fixtures and fittings where required.

We have simplified the process into the following three phases:  

Phase one comprises outline proposals and the scheme design as sketch plans.

Phase two comprises detail design, production information (a detailed list of construction works and a set of construction drawings) and specification to be put out to tender.

Phase three comprises operations on site to completion. 

meet client approval.

It will be our responsibility to organise the project up to the acceptance of tender. Following tender a General Contractor will be appointed and thereafter it will be their responsibility to manage the project including information requirements, site supervision and progress on site.

meet client approval.

However we will liaise with the contractor once works commence, and use all reasonable endeavours to ensure both the highest quality of workmanship in accordance with the specification and the completion of works to schedule.

PHASE ONE To arrange for a site survey and the production of existing site plan drawings. To present the concept through discussion and illustration, describing colours, textures and finishes with material samples and images of any items to be specified if appropriate.

To produce the proposed drawings; entailing schematic layouts to approval, culminating in the agreement of the final complete proposed layout.

To submit the proposed drawings for initial building control / planning permission applications as appropriate.


PHASE TWO To prepare drawings for construction of project as appropriate.

To prepare mechanical and electrical drawings.

To prepare a full specification document/schedule detailing all construction works.

To include details of all items to be supplied, including cost of supply.

To obtain the cost of construction works including a works schedule from the contractor.

To reach final approval of costs for specified items and for construction works.

To submit a final cost document for supply and labour, and a schedule to meet client approval.

PHASE THREE To liaise with the contractor for the duration of the construction period to monitor site progress, culminating in a satisfactory completion of works. 

The Fee Instalment progamme shall be as described below according to the three phases: Phase one comprises outline proposals and the scheme design as sketch plans. Phase two comprises detail design, production information and specification to be put out to tender. Phase three comprises operations on site to completion. A programme of works will be prepared by the contractor at the beginning of this stage. Interim payments will be made on a monthly basis, culminating in full payment at the completion of each phase.





The above phases of work are subject to an initial non-refundable deposit of 20%, payable at inception, which will be offset against phase one fees.

The following expenses are charged at cost plus 10%; printing, travel, postage, maps and photography. Consultancy fees may be payable to various professionals eg. Structural Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Party Wall Surveyor. We can recommend suitable individuals to perform these duties and would ask them to contact you regarding their appointment at the appropriate time. As a first step, it would be necessary to carry out a measured survey and prepare plans, elevations and sections of the existing structure and external areas. This work is separate from the architectural fee and we would ask surveyors to provide a cost for this work.

Copyright of designs produced (including without exception all drawings, photographic images, film footage etc.) will belong to Julie Richards Architecture & Design Ltd. Likewise, any representation of the space, including reproductions, shall remain the property of the practice.

We also claim full moral rights under Copyright, Design & Patents Act (1988) 

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