How to get your scheme built from Planning to Completion
17th March 2010
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The build process takes place in 3 stages:

  1. Planning:  One has to apply for planning permission to design the look of the building.  The application is made to the council with designs, reason why house extension or development should be granted permission.  As an architect I'm selling the scheme to council, on the benefits to the area this development would add.  My work includes designs, photomontages. 
  2. Building Control:  Once we have planning permission another set of drawings are prepared to show the builder and building control how the building will be made.  These drawings are on larger scale and include details to allow the builder to go away and build it.  A further application is made to Local Authority Building Control or approved inspectors to make sure the scheme complies with codes.  At this stage you bring onboard consultants such as structural engineer, party wall surveyor, utility companies etc.  An incorporate their designs and make sure other statutory bodies have been informed.
  3. Tender:  The scheme is put to tender to 3 or more contractors to price the job
  4. Contract Administration:  An architect or if the client is able to manage the build, ie. to release payments on completion of certain works, prepare a proper building contract, make sure the contractor is following the architects drawing and not cutting corners.  When are taking place, 5% of the contractors cost are held back, 2.5% is released on completion the balance is released a year latter.  This is to ensure the contractor comes back to finish the defects and sort out cracks etc. on the building.


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kishor v

Member since: 15th June 2010

I'm a director of Studio V architects, my job involves turning spaces in to valuable assets. I enjoy spending time with my wife and young son.

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