Royal Institute of British Architects:
Architects Registration Board:
The Planning Portal:
The Health and Safety Executive:
A building project is a major undertaking and there are many things to consider, not least of which is money. If you are looking to obtain a budget estimate for your work then £2500 per square metre of floor space being created is a good guide. This should not be treated as an accurate costing, just as an aid in the early stages. Alternatively, why not get in touch with a local builder and see if they can give you an indication of costs. Their figures are often not fully inclusive but should help guide you. It is better to scale back your project to suit your budget rather than try to complete everything and end up accepting a reduced standard.
Many people are unaware that they have an entitlement to extend their property to the rear, to the side or in the roof without the need for planning permission. There are limitations as to when and by how much but often clients’ requirements will fall within these brackets. A ‘Certificate of Lawfulness’ should still be obtained from the Council to confirm that the proposals are acceptable. More details can be found on the Planning Portal website (see Links) or your local Council’s website.
If you would like to find out more, please feel free to get in touch and I can arrange to come over for an initial consultation and discuss the project with you in more detail.
When working on any project, there are other services and expenses you should consider. These include the following:
Be aware that almost all costs provided for a project will exclude VAT.
Each new project will start with a client consultation. From this discussion a brief will be developed and series of sketch designs and ideas can be produced.
After developing the proposals alongside the client a final set of drawings is produced which will be suitable for submission to the council for a planning application.
The information is then followed up with the planning department and any necessary adjustments are made.
Once planning permission has been obtained, further information is produced in order to obtain Building Regulations approval and for tendering.
During the construction process regular visits are made to ensure smooth running of the project.
We are as happy to be consulted on projects that require only some design input as we are to overseeing full projects from inception to completion.
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From the RIBA Website