Our Process: In Detail
This page offers an in depth understanding of the four phases of our Design, Build & Beyond process. If you're looking for a more general overview, then visit our Services page. But if you're like us, and you like to dig deeper into details, then this one's for you.
Equally, if you're still looking for more at the end of this page, and you want to go beyond with your own understanding, then we'd love to hear from you and to talk more about your project plans. In that case, visit our contact page, and get in touch.
Phase One. Design & Planning
Otherwise known as RIBA Stages 1-3
Sketch Book 1:
Feasibility Study (Fixed Fee)
Over the course of five weeks, we work alongside you on developing a shared vision and understanding for your project. We instruct measured surveys, create design ideas, schemes, and feasibility studies, all the while helping you decide your preferred way forward.
Pre-Construction Services
The following stages will be completed under a letter of intent based on a design fee based on a percentage of the estimated construction costs.
Building Walk Around
On choosing our Architect led full service, we formalise details and form the Design and Build team that will be working with you all the way through to completion. This begins with an on site review and walk around, so that everyone involved, truly gets involved.
Sketch Book 2:
Developed Design
Over the next five weeks, we really start to dig into details, creating clear cost plans for building elements, alongside developing further designs, proposals and plans for the full programme ahead.
Sketch Book 3:
All this work culminates over two weeks, in a set of drawings that are ready for planning submission, with full awareness of local council and planning authority nuances and conditions. These in turn lead to getting planning permission secured, so that the next exciting Phase can commence. Planning permission takes 8 weeks all being well and good, however complex planning applications may take longer.
Cost Plan 1
Whilst we are in planning the build team will prepare their first cost plan report for you on the design to date.
Phase Two. Design & Detail
Otherwise known as RIBA Stage 4
Sketch Book 4a:
Internal Design Intent
We kick of this three week stage by preparing an Internal Design Intent Document which provides 3D work, recommendations on fixtures and fittings and explores the detail of each room for you to consider.
Sketch Book 4b:
Full Detailed Design Drawing Package and Schedule of Works
Over the next four to six week, the designs and plans become much more detailed. From material palettes to room elevations, through to construction types, power and lighting layouts, joinery drawings and schedules of works.
Cost Plan 2
In turn, over a final two to three weeks, all these details lead to a fixed cost schedule and a full construction programme. For extra thoroughness, we instruct an independent quantity surveyor to check things over. With their thumbs up, everything is signed everything off, and ready to proceed.
Phase Three. Design & Build
Otherwise known as RIBA Stage 5-7
Breaking Ground
This is always an exciting step, and even more so with a team that you already know, and that already knows your project. Pace moves quickly now, but with our weekly site reports, ongoing construction details, guided site visits, ongoing overviews and design revisions when desired, we ensure that your build is an enjoyable, educational and empowering experience.
Tidying up
As things continue to take shape, and completion dates approach, thoughts shift to the future, and what happens after, when your team is no longer on site? At this point, rather than wondering how you'll manage alone however, we begin our 'final' phase, and look into the future with you.
Future Phases & Beyond
Otherwise known as RIBA Stage 5-7
We believe that project handover, doesn't mean that it's over. In fact, in our experience, we've discovered that it's much more of a new beginning. So we remain as your team, your support, and your partner in a whole host of ways.
From simply keeping in touch and checking that you're OK, helping when you need with fixes and queries; to offering our own technology platform to help you manage your property post build; to taking back the reigns if ever you want to make changes, or plans something new.

Whatever your needs, the heart the idea is recognising that built spaces and environments don't just stop. They evolve as we live in them and use them, as life moves on, and needs change. In this sense, the whole point of the Design & Build is to support what lies Beyond.