Design Process


We can do as much or as little as you need – whatever the size of your project. From new builds & total renovations to the smallest extension, from interiors to garden landscaping, from master planning to energy efficiency. We have the vision and experience to ensure that you are guided through each stage of your project to a successful outcome.

We will tailor our services to the needs of your project. The full work plan will vary depending on the complexity and scale of your project.


SMall project plan of work

For smaller projects we tailor our services to a simple six step process. This provides our clients with a clear, easy to follow plan of work to guide you through the design, planning and construction phases.


large project - full riba plan of work

For larger projects, we follow the full RIBA Plan Of Work published by Royal Institute of British Architects. We have extensive experience in all stages, including project management and contract administration.



our typical plan of work


stage 1 - preparation

An initial meeting to discuss the outline brief for your project. This is followed by an appraisal of what you would like and how feasible it is, given your time and budget; confirmation in writing of the project outline, the team involved (including other consultants who may be required) and our ways of working with you.


stage 2 - design

Responding to your brief with our ideas, including initial sketches; establishing your budget and schedule; addressing your energy needs; identifying sustainable materials alongside any environmental issues; liaising with Planning, Conservation and Building Control prior to submitting applications.


stage 3 - planning and statutory approvals

Producing and submitting applications for Planning Permission, Listed Building Consent and agreeing Building Control strategies for the project.


stage 4 - pre-construction

Developing the detailed design from the schematic concepts; producing a set of drawings and specifications for construction; preparing tender documentation to invite estimates and make recommendations; evaluating tender costs; and submitting documents to Building Control for approval.


stage 5 - construction

Issuing information to the contractor; arranging for the works to commence and overseeing progress; preparing valuations of contractor’s work for payment; and issuing instructions for the works.


stage 6 - completion

Carrying out final inspections and snagging; obtaining completion certificates (eg, Building Regulations, etc); and ensuring the ‘move-in’ goes smoothly.