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We are always happy to tailor our services and fees to suit the project and budget; but as a guide we follow the RIBA schedule below.


Work Stage A: Inception • develop the brief in consultation with the client (yourself) • report feasibility, including budget • give advice on how to proceed • visit the site and give initial appraisal • advise on the need for other consultants and the scope of their services • advise on the need for any specialist work.

Work Stage B: Feasibility • Carry out any studies which may be needed to establish feasibility • review alternative design and construction approaches and cost implications •advise on statutory approvals needed, including health & safety • outline a timetable for the project

Work Stage C: Outline Proposals • prepare outline (sketch) proposals for preliminary approval

Work Stage D: Scheme Design • develop a scheme design following discussions around stage C • liaise with any other consultants and advise where their work affects programme & budget • make a cost estimate • enable agreements over spatial arrangement, materials and appearance • prepare and submit a planning application (note no guarantees can be given that this can be obtained)

Work Stage E: Detail Design • finalize detail design including co-ordination with other consultants and suppliers and integration of materials & sub-contracted work. • cost checks where appropriate • advise where appropriate on the CDM regulations • prepare and submit Building Regulations Application and any other statutory requirements • negotiate as necessary on the latter

Work Stage F & G: prepare production information & bills of quantities:
• Drawings, schedules & specification, provide information to the Quantity Surveyor (if used) for bills of quantities. • complete information to enable contractors to tender.

Work Stage H & J: Tender Action & Project Planning:
• Advise on a list of tenderers • issue tender documents to agreed list of contractors • receive tenders (with client presence if required), advise on results and contractor appointment • OR arrange a price to be negotiated with one contractor. •prepare the building contract and arrange signatures.

Work Stage K: Operations on site: • Administer the terms of the building contract during work on site • visit the site at intervals to inspect the progress and quality of the work • make periodic financial reports to the client including any cost variations

Work Stage L: Operations on site: • Administer the terms of the contract related to completion of the work • give general guidance on maintenance • provide record drawings as required.

Fee Stage Payments tend to be:

1 - work stages A - C
2 - work stage D
3 - work stage E
4 - work stage F - G
5 - work stages H - L


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