At A1 Design Solutions we specialise is bespoke beautiful building design that meets with our clients specific requirements.

From a small garage to a large sophisticated new build, we handle every project with the same care and attention to detail.

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The process

We follow RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Plan of works 2013.

0. Strategic Definition

This stage is to identify the initial feasibility of a clients requirements (Business case) and strategic brief outlining the projects core requirements. We would normally start with a site visit, to discuss your vision, requirements and to ascertain the feasibility and any fundamental issues that may arise. 

1. Preparation and Brief

Stage 1 is to develop a formal client brief, focusing on the core requirements,  project outcomes, any sustainability aspirations, project budget and anticipated programme. We would also consider the project team and their roles, the intended procurement strategy, and if appropriate seeking Pre Planning advice from the local authority on what their views and suggestions would be to input into the Final Design Brief. 

2. Concept Design

At Stage 2 we would use the final design brief to draw 2,3 maybe 4 different concept designs. We would also at this stage be discussing the project with other construction professionals like Structural Engineers, Building Service Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Planning Officers & Consultants etc. to help steer the possibilities around the concept designs.  

3. Developed Design

After the client has selected a concept design to proceed with, we would develop this design with the other professionals including coordinating and updating the proposals for structural, building services, outline specifications, cost information etc; and organising regular design team meetings with the client. When the developed design is completed this is when we would submit plans formally for Planning Approval by the local authority.  

4. Technical Design

At stage 4 of the design, when waiting for planning approval we would continue working with the other construction professionals on the technical design, to ensure the design is to Building Regulations ready for their approval. Also at this point we would be inviting Main Contractors to tender for the project depending on procurement strategy.     

5. Construction

Construction and offsite manufacture is carried out at stage 5 of the RIBA Plan of Works 2013, and is normally the longest and for the client the most exciting and rewarding stage, we will continue to support the client with overseeing the project in accordance with the construction programme, resolve design queries and changes, attend site meetings and if required issuing architects payment certificates for main/sub contractors. 

6. Handover and Close Out

On completion of the construction stage we would work with the client and main contractor to hand over the building, perform "Snagging" inspections, gain building regulation approval, conclude the building contract, etc. On most projects a payment retainer of between 5-10% is kept back for 12, 18 or even 24 months as a performance security on the main contractor.  

7. In Use

Conduct in use evaluation and review of design & construction with client and/or occupier, main contractor and design team of the building(s).