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Commercial buildings have a significant impact on the businesses that use them and the people who work in them.

We often take for granted that buildings keep people, goods and furniture warm, dry and secure and for many of our Clients they just want to get on with what they do best, running their business, whether that is as leading accountants or specialist manufacturers. 

However, buildings have an important role to play in supporting our Client's businesses and helping them perform better.  For example we have worked with Clients to space plan their existing buildings to make more efficient use of space; change the street presence of their building or their public areas to project a different image of their business, maximising its marketing potential; design additional space to allow a business to expand; work with a Client to understand their production processes to replan their site to increase capacity and improve safety; find new uses to bring redundnant space back into use; to assess new buildings or sites for suitabillity, and to design completely new buildings.   

Professional advice can be key when deciding on changes to your buildings.  Often a little expert advice, listening to you to understand your needs, could mean some quick and easy changes to the way existing space is being used can achieve the result required without a major building project, extending or moving.  Where there is a need for building works, we can help make sure that you are getting best value for your business, it is achieving what you want it to and try and make sure that the building is ready to grow or change again in the future as your business need changes.

Acting as lead consultant, on your behalf, we can co-ordinate the work of the various consultants that will be needed to develop a final design and steer the project to completion.

We have experience of a range of procurement routes and contracts including traditional, design & build and partnering.

If you feel you have run out of space where you are, your building isn't working for you or you have space you don't know what to do with, then get in touch. We can offer you a professional service to help make your buildings work best for your business.

How We Do This

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work provides a broad framework for the design and delivery stages of architectural projects, from initial briefing through design and construction to end use. Using this as a basis, we establish your individual requirements and propose a bespoke service which covers only those Work Stages you require.

0-1 Strategic Definition, Preparation and Brief

We start by listening to you, to understand your business needs and the way you work, so that we are able to offer informed advice.  We will look at the feasibility of different approaches to meet your needs. By the end of this stage we will have tailored a brief to meet your individual needs.

2 Concept Design

We will begin to develop the concepts and ideas that will influence the resulting building; looking at how needs can be addressed, constraints dealt with and opportunities maximised, and as a result how spaces could be arranged and what form this might take.

Design is an iterative process and it is normal for things to evolve in a number of steps as ideas are tested and reviewed. By the end of this stage the form and arrangement of the proposed building will be taking shape so this is the time to make sure the proposed arrangement suits your needs.

3 Detailed Design

During detailed design, the concept design from Stage 2 is refined and further developed to a level of detail that defines what it will look like and how it will sit in its context. By the end of this stage the design can be submitted to the local planning authority for planning approval and any other planning consents, such as listed building consent, that may be required.

4 Technical Design

At this point the design and appearance of the building is defined and planning permission has been received (if required). The technical design stage is concerned with developing the detailed documentation necessary to be able to construct the building, including demonstrating Building Regulations compliance and giving the level of detail a contractor will need to be able to accurately price the project. By the end of this stage we will have made a Building Regulations application for you. You might also want fully detailed plans and specifications, and our services in running a formal tender process for you, depending on how you plan to procure the construction work.

5 Construction

Some clients may want to take control of the build directly arranging the various trades. Others prefer to have the reassurance of a formal building contract administered by a professional team. We can discuss these with you to enable you to make the best choice for your project, and tailor our service to suit you. By the end of this stage your building will be fully realised.

6 Handover and Close Out

This normally involves the administrative aspects of concluding a construction contract, ensuring information on all the building systems is gathered together and inducting you in their use.

7 In Use

Some interesting possibilities now exist for monitoring a building’s performance measuring energy use, internal climate etc. which may be particularly relevant where an exceptionally high standard of construction has been designed. Again, we can discuss this with you to determine if this is something you require.

Project Services

The earliest decisions are often the most fundamental and can have the biggest impact on the future direction of a project, so the earlier we are involved the greater the opportunity we have to add value to the final result.

Each phase in the design process builds on the previous to increase the level of detail that is resolved and bring the project closer to realisation.

We can assist with:
Feasibility studies and site appraisals
Creating a design brief to support your business needs
Design development
Planning applications
Listed building applications
Building Regulations submissions
Construction information and tender documentation
Contract administration and inspecting works on site

BIM

‘Building Information Modelling’ is an advanced form of computer aided design that is changing the way the construction industry works, facilitating the exchange of digital building information and improving collaboration between design teams and consultants to deliver higher quality and better value.

BIM brings a range of benefits during the design and construction of buildings and is used by DJD Architects on all our projects. For many of  our business clients the most tangible benefit is the visualisation of their building, in 3D as well as 2D, allowing better early integration in the design process.  It also allows for better communication with the Planning Department, other consultants and contractors.

Fees

Typically the first step is for us to meet with you to discuss your project, your requirements and view your site so that we have as clear an understanding of the project as possible to allow us to prepare a quotation which would be broken down against the RIBA stages of work so that you can see what you will be paying and at what stage.

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