The first part of any project is to consider what the possibilities are. We interrogate your brief, analyse relevant precedents and develop a range of proposals - even some blue sky ones - that help us to maximise your project's potential.
We will then seek to develop the preferred scheme through a process of sketching, 3D modelling and in-depth analysis in order to refine the design prior to submission for planning approval. This process is inclusive and often the best results are born out of close collaboration with our clients.
The delivery of a project on site is of equal importance to its design. To ensure that this is a smooth process we develop a clear set of specifications, schedules and details to supplement the clear lines of communication we develop with your elected builder.
We provide a full range of architectural services from concept design through to construction. This can include developing your brief, preparing a feasibility study, submitting a planning application, developing construction documents to administering building contracts. The studio is led by three qualified architects who work with handpicked teams of designers to deliver the outcomes your project needs. We are an RIBA Chartered Architecture practice and use the RIBA plan of work to manage and deliver our projects. We have worked across many sectors and scales with construction budgets ranging from £10k to £2.5million. You can see a selection of our projects here.
Building Regulations approval or Building Control is different from gaining Planning permission. On some building projects you might need both. Ensuring that your property is compliant with Building Regulations can be an onerous exercise but we will make sure that process is as smooth as possible by considering each of the relevant Regulations from the inception of a project, using our extensive experience and liaising with building control officers at the appropriate stage. Once we have agreed a good way forward with the officers we can then submit a full plans application or arrange onsite inspections to ensure your property gets the compliance it requires. You can read more about how this process works at Gov.uk. This work equates to RIBA Stage 3.
To help you find the best solution for your project we’ll often carry out a Concept Design study. This exercise will help you understand the range of options available to you then evaluate them against your most important criteria. We will not only consider room layouts, external envelope and circulation but will also highlight impacts to overall cost and programme so that you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. On larger projects this stage may also include outline proposals for structural design, building services systems and outline specifications which can inform preliminary Cost Information. This work equates to RIBA Stage 2.
Once your project is on site we will then liaise with the elected contractor as Contract administrator or as your representative. This role involves site inspections and valuations which will help your builder to resolve questions and prepare invoices in line with completed works. This process ensures that our clients secure the project they’d dreamt of on the budget that they’d anticipated. This work equates to RIBA Stage 5.
Your project may require specialist consultants such as a planning advisor, a structural engineer or a quantity surveyor amongst others. There are many legislative procedures in a construction project and often these consultants can help us to ensure the smooth navigation of them. It would be our role as lead consultant to coordinate these disparate specialists into a cohesive project. This work equates to RIBA Stage 1.
Our drawings present projects in the best light possible for a planning application, they are also a good basis for coordination with a structural engineer and even to garner preliminary costs from builders. Developed design uses the work completed in the concept design stage to generate a more detailed proposal. This will seek to resolve the finer details of a project such that it is of an appropriate standard to submit for planning permission. This work equates to RIBA Stage 3.
As designers we are passionate about the arts and culture sectors. It is our experience in developing 2D concepts into 3D that enables us to generate successful exhibition designs and pop-up shops. We often collaborate with product and lighting designers as well as our graphics team to create the perfect result.
We are passionate about community and the positive effects we seek to have on it through the delivery of our projects. We often use the community crowd funding portal Spacehive to arrange fundraising for clients with big ambitions and a lack of resources. It is through illustrations and strong presentations that we can create convincing fundraising campaigns to deliver even the most challenging projects. In the past we have taken this format one step further and thrown fundraising events for our clients such as our hugely successful evening at OmVed Gardens.
At Collective Works, to kick projects off in the best way, we have devised a step by step process that allows our clients to better understand the intricacies of a build project when they can often feel overwhelming in their complexity. To guide our clients through the first stages of a project we use homeowner consultations, they outline the simple information we require to get started, what they can expect from their project in the form of concept options and next how we intend on helping them realise it.
This consultation is based around a 2 hour conversation with one of our experienced architects. It is our belief that by breaking the early stages of a project down into digestible chunks, our clients will be able to approach it with the same excitement and imagination that had them contact us in the first place. As a result of this consultation our clients leave with a handful of achievable ideas, a breakdown of potential costs and a clear idea of the processes required to see their project built.
To read more about this process and to book yourself in for your very own homeowner consultation download our brochure below. This demystified process has yielded great results for our clients, both in the finished result and their enjoyment of the journey.
We provide an accomplished interior design service, advising on internal layouts, fixed furniture and cabinetry. We use mood boards with material and colour samples to create a refined aesthetic including furniture, artworks and finishes. The skill, care and diligence we use in every interior project is best demonstrated through our project Elephant Townhouse.
If you are carrying out insignificant changes to your property such as combining two flats or making major internal changes it is recommended that you apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC). This certificate will verify that the works fall within current legislation and do not require planning permission. We can help you apply for a Lawful Development Certificate to ensure that your property has been developed both safely and legally. Depending on the complexity of the works the application itself can be created relatively quickly and will usually includes 4 or 5 drawings and a covering letter which should be submitted to the council alongside a standard fee. You can read more about the councils requirements for homeowners over at the Planning Portal or alternatively just give us a call to talk through your needs.
We regularly compile all the documents required for listed building consent including justification of proposals and detailed condition surveys of the existing building fabric. In doing so we undertake a thorough context analysis to present a stronger case for our your project.
At the start of every project a survey is required to ensure that the prospective proposals are based on real life confines. We can survey existing buildings and sites to make sure your project gets off to the right start with the right information in place. The price for such a survey can be found over at our useful tool Architect Quote.
A majority of renovation projects impact walls that share common ownership between neighbouring properties. We can help provide the necessary information to assure neighbours that no damage will be incurred by their property by works done through your project.
Whether a design is fundamentally conservative or experimental in its nature, it is essential that it is set within its context. Our experience with numerous councils as well as contacts with Planning Consultants ensures we put the best case forward for your design such that it has the best possible chance of being approved. This work equates to RIBA Stage 3.
During RIBA Stage 1 we’ll ensure your brief meets the project objectives and undertake feasibility studies as well as review site information. This process enables us to ascertain what your priorities and the best route forward to achieve them.
If you are unfamiliar with the construction process, we can manage the project by setting up a delivery programme, organising cost planning and advise you on the next steps you have to take. Our extensive experience means that we have the ability to anticipate issues before they become a reality in a bid to ensure the smooth delivery of your project.
We can describe the products, components, materials and systems to fully describe the requirements and intended workmanship of the project. These documents will clearly communicate your proposals such that the delivery of the project on site is what you had anticipated. This work equates to RIBA Stage 4.
Before the project gets underway, we use our experience to help you make clear decisions on your business case and long-term strategy by providing intuitive and informed advice. This experience is beneficial to both home owners and business owners alike in forming a clear vision for the future of your project. This work equates to RIBA Stage 0.
– Strategic brief development
– Social value appraisals
– Passive design and construction advice
– Healthy and high performance building fabric guidance
– Retrofit expertise
– Design for disassembly
– Material re-use appraisals
– Life cycle analysis (LCA)
– Post Occupancy Evaluations
Our extensive project experience allows us to prepare detailed information which will get accurate prices from prospective contractors, secure building control certificates and instill confidence that the finished result is as you had imagined it. We prepare drawings, specifications and a schedule of work which would be coordinated with engineers and other consultants to ensure the smooth delivery of the project on site. This work equates to RIBA Stage 4.
We use 3D modelling extensively in our design process. These are used to interrogate ideas, provide a better understanding of the finished product and help promote projects. Often 2D line drawings do little to communicate the atmosphere of a space and so we find 3D visuals can better succeed on this front.