Frequently asked questions

Here are our most frequently asked questions. If you can't find what you're looking for please don't hesitate to send us a message form our contact page.

Do I really need an architect?

How much will it cost?

How quickly could I receive a quote?

What's included in your quote?

Are there any upfront costs?

What information do I need to provide you with for the project?

Will you help me get planning permission?

What happens if I have to stop the process?

What does the design process entail?

Do I have to use your Services right until the end?

Can I use a Builder of my choice?



Do I really need an architect?


An Architect’s talents, training and experience should help Clients to achieve a project which is more than just the sum of its parts. More than just a utilitarian construction. He or she should lift the project ‘out of the ordinary’.

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How much will it cost?


A small fraction of the construction cost. The Architect’s input should add more to the actual property value than a non-architect produced project would.

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How quickly could I receive a quote?


Within a week or so of the Architect having seen the project site and confirmed the feasibility of the Client’s general requirements.

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What's included in your quote?


All the Architectural Services necessary to complete the project: initial briefing and discussion with the Client; sketch, outline and detailed schemes for discussion and agreement; submission of Planning and Building Regulations Applications; the appointment of a Contractor for the construction after Tendering or negotiation; administration of the Contract on site including periodic Valuations for regulated payments through the Builder; the management and contribution required for any alterations or additions to the project during its construction.

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Are there any upfront costs?


No: Only a straightforward acknowledgement of the Architect’s engagement.

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What information do I need to provide you with for the project?


A verbal statement of the Client’s requirements, needs and any ideas the Client wishes to express.

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Will you help me get planning permission?


Entirely. See above. Currently Pre-planning Application opinion and/or advice is usually sought from the Local Authority by the Architect before making the Formal Planning Application. This procedure makes a successful Application more likely but, of course, Permission cannot be guaranteed: this is ultimately the prerogative of the Local Authority. If it is felt a Refusal has been given unreasonably, an Appeal can be made.

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What happens if I have to stop the process?


This is tidily managed by the Architect’s work being undertaken in the clear stages listed above, expressed as Fees blocks with each paid for separately.

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What does the design process entail?


Clear communication from the Architect to the Client describing the evolving design as it responds to the Client’s requirements and needs.

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Do I have to use your Services right until the end?


No. But naturally the Architect usually likes to ensure that the project is constructed to an agreed design. A Contractor may seek to ‘cut corners’ and to achieve undeclared economies to improve his profits if the Architect is not involved.

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Can I use a Builder of my choice?


Yes, if the Architect considers him or her reputable: if so the Builder should be willing to Tender or to negotiate. The Architect may decline to be further involved if any nominated Builder seems not to have a sound background or track record.

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