Process / A full architectural service from inception through to completion

We can also provide ‘partial’ services on a per Work Stage basis. Although it’s preferable to employ your architect throughout the project; the practice is also happy to provide assistance at any stage of the project. The costs would vary with the level of service required and we work to an Agreement between Client and Architect.


Here is a brief outline of what Damian Field Architects can provide


Stage 1: The Brief

The first stage is to form a brief; Damian will carefully listen to your requirements and this will form the basis of the later initial sketch design.

Stage 2: Measured site survey

In order to produce accurate CAD drawings a measured survey of the existing building is carried out.


Stage 3: Sketch Design

A sketch design based upon the brief is drawn. This enables the client to be satisfied with the proposal before it is formalised for a Planning Application.

Stage 4: Planning

The sketch design drawings are developed into the formal Planning Application drawings. Planning Applications deal with matters such as the size of proposed buildings or works, type of materials to be used and how the proposal affect neighbouring buildings and the street scene.

A decision on all application normally takes 8 weeks from registration for the local authority to determine.

A typical Planning Application service will include the production of existing and proposed plans, elevations on CAD, written design and planning statements, completion of all application forms and liaison with the appointed local authority planning officer during the application period.


Stage 5: Building Regulations

This application deals with the technical side of the works. Drawings are more detailed and include specifications, sections and assembly details in order to meet the required Building Regulation.

Again completion of forms and paperwork is part of this service, along with liaison and co-ordination with Building Control officers and other consultants whose input may be required at this stage such as Structural Engineers etc.

Stage 6: Construction & Tender Information

For larger schemes construction and tender information can be produced in order for a contractor to accurately price against.


Stage 7: Onsite Inspection and Architects Certificates

Again for larger schemes or new build houses an allowance can be made for visits to site during the construction period to check that progress is in accordance with approved drawings and provide any problem solving assistance.

If required we can provide an Architects Final Certificate for house builders which may be relied upon by future purchasers, or their Building Society when making a mortgage advance to any purchaser secured on that property. Such certificates are issued following periodic inspections of the property during construction on behalf of the developer and issued under the guidelines of the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).