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, with any number of options in between. This approach applies to residential, commercial and historic building projects equally.
We do not have a standard schedule of fees - every fee is project specific. We generally work on a fixed fee rather than a percentage basis. Typically the fee is broken down into sections based on the RIAI work stages below. This allows the client cost certainty along with flexibility in deciding the extent of work required.
As a guide, a summary of the typical project stages as set out by the RIAI are as follows:
Stage 1: Initial Design
This can include the initial meeting, measured survey of the property, advice on the project process, likely timescales, planning, building and safety and health regulations, likely additional consultants required, discussions on the brief, planning searches and production of a number of sketch design options.
Stage 2: Developed Design
At this stage the sketch design is worked out in detail and the layout and appearance of the project are finalised. If a planning application, fire certificate or disability access certificate is required this is submitted. We generally work with external consultants for fire and DAC applications.
Stage 3: 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. This may include design and selection of interior finishes and fittings if required. Tenders are then sought and a contract is drawn up between the contractor and client.
Stage 4: Construction
This can include contract administration, site meetings and inspections, issue of certificates of payment, snagging and issue of certificates of compliance and practical completion.
The above stages are typical for many building projects however we are willing and able to adapt our scope of services to suit any project.
Historic Buildings Consultancy.
We provide a full range of services in relation to working with protected structures, buildings in architectural conservation areas and historic buildings to both building owners and as consultants to design teams. This includes preparation of building inventories and surveys, conservation impact studies, methodologies for construction as well as advice on statutory and construction requirements specific to working with historic buildings.