C. Concept Design
D. Design Development (incl Planning application)
E. Technical Design
Next we create a series of concept designs. These designs explore various options and considerations and we work collaboratively with our clients to evolve these concept designs into a project scheme to take forward.
Having agreed a scheme design and budgets, we develop the scheme to more detailed plans and prepare a planning application for submission to the local Planning Authority.
The application comprises all necessary location maps, site and building plans, sections and elevations plus sketches / 3d models and specialist reports if required. We prepare a Design and Access statement to accompany the application and complete the necessary planning application forms. If the project is complex, or there are local planning considerations to be incorporated (e.g. conservation area), we will meet with the planning department to discuss the proposal in detail. This helps us identify any potential issues early on and rectify them prior to submitting the application.
Having obtained planning consent, we prepare detailed design drawings to submit for Building Control approval showing how the design complies with building regulations. During this stage we complete the following activities:
- Prepare detailed building control / regulations drawings including details for structure, fire escapes, ventilation, sound proofing, access, stairs, thermal performance, plus others;
- Work with the Structural Engineer with regard to the structural design and calculations.