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Professional planning, management and support for all the phases of your building project.


What can architects do?

Your architect will advise you on statutory controls and procedures that may apply to your project, such as planning, listed building permission, building warrant application, and health and safety requirements during construction. Your architect can, on your behalf, deal with the various authorities which would otherwise be time-consuming and stressful. With step by step consultation and agreement, your architect will lead you through the entire process from the creating the germ of an idea to realisation of the finished building. The main phases of most projects are:
  • prepare the brief (a written description of what is required by the client)
  • site analysis, possible survey work, define scope of works
  • initial design, and getting your approval as ‘client’
  • develop the design and apply for planning consents
  • detailed design and apply for building warrant
With the approvals in place, your architect can prepare detailed working drawings and specifications, showing exactly the design of all important elements of the building, and can recommend the right type of building contract. Several tenders for the works (priced offers) can then be obtained, a report made on likely total project costs, and this information put before you in simple and direct terms, to enable you to appoint the right contractor for your project.
  • preparing detailed construction design information.
  • seeking tenders and
  • putting tender prices to you for approval, instructing the contractor to proceed
Your architect can visit the works in progress and monitor the builder’s work against the tender drawings and specification. By this means, the project can achieve the required standards, and be completed on time and within the costs set out in the winning tender.
  • visiting the works in progress, checking content and quality of the work
  • certifying how much the builder is to be paid at each stage
  • seeking a completion certificate on your behalf

Choosing an Architect:

A good working relationship between architect and client is crucial to the success of a project and should, at the outset, be clearly recorded by a written agreement that defines the services being provided and the cost of these services. The professional bodies, Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) recommend the use of such formal terms of agreement. Once you have reviewed this proposal, and have clarified any outstanding points, the document should be signed by yourself and your architect, and copies taken for both parties.

You could choose to contact a single architect or decide to interview two or three architects to find the right person. Think carefully about what questions you might want to ask them. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has information which may help you: it can be obtained at www.rias.org.uk.

In addition to offering architectural services; including design, basic 3D visualisation, and planning permission , we are happy to assist with building condition surveys and general advice relating to the development and management of property.

It is essential to determine a clear project brief and financial budget as early as possible when embarking on any property development. Having considerable experience on a variety of projects, we are well equipped to guide you through the necessary legislation to help ensure a smooth running, manageable project.

Providing a friendly, efficient service offering impartial advice on all matters relating to property development.

Please note that our fees are not subject to Vat.

If you would like to discuss your particular project call us on :
+44 (0)7969 294 272 or email info@mparchitecture.co.uk

Available to work on projects throughout the UK and Central Scotland. Including Stirling, Falkirk, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.