Process



A flexible approach
We aim to provide a service which is flexible according to our clients’ needs. The level of involvement by Urban Architecture in each project is determined by the client – we can provide a simple sketch design or we can manage a project from beginning to end.

Initial Consultation
Our initial meeting with every client is free of charge. Please contact us through our contact page or at the details above to set up a meeting to discuss your project. An initial sketch design based on this meeting can be prepared if required.

Fees
We work on a fixed fee rather than a percentage basis. Typically this is broken down into sections based on the work stages below. This allows the client cost certainty along with flexibility in deciding the extent of work required.

The building process
As a guide, a summary of the typical project stages as set out by the RIAI are as follows:

Stage 1: Initial Design and Feasibility
This can include the initial meeting, survey of the property, advice on the project process, likely timescales, planning, building and safety and health regulations, discussions on the brief, planning searches and production of sketch options.
Stage 2: Developed Design
At this stage a sketch design option is worked out in detail and the layout and appearance of the project are finalised. If a planning application is required this is submitted.
Stage 3(i): Detail Design
This can include the production of a package of detailed drawings, specifications, schedules and scope of works for the project in sufficient detail for pricing and construction purposes. If a fire certificate is required this is submitted.
Stage 3(ii): Production and tenders
At this stage tenders are sought and a price is agreed with a contractor. This includes any alterations to the extent and scope of the work required, advice on forms of contract and agreement on the construction timescale.
Stage 4: Construction
This can include project management and site supervision, issue of certificates of payment, snagging and issue of certificates of compliance and practical completion.

Planning Permission, Building Control, Health and Safety and Sustainability
We will advise you as to the requirements of your project under current legislation and best practice. Please see our resources page for quick links to information on these areas.