Contact & Consultation
At the point of first contact we are looking for three things; contact information, a description of your project and to arrange an appointment to meet with you and observe the building/site.
We welcome the opportunity to meet with potential clients and we would usually arrange this meeting on the proposed site, which give us a better feel for the project and site location/context. There is no fee associated with this initial consultation, after which, we would expect to submit our proposal for the services we offer. If the client then chooses Creative Design and Structure Ltd for the services required, we would then focus on establishing the terms of an agreement for our appointment including scope of service, fee, programme etc.
Free initial consulatition
Feasibility and Site Appraisal
At this stage we would assist the client to identify their key project objectives. This helps us define ‘the project brief’.
We would examine the existing available site information and advise on additional baseline information required. A site study by considering the conditions and opportunities pertinent to the project would be carried at this stage. We would then prepare outline advice on possible development constraints informed by regulation, the site and the surrounding context. This advice would enable the client to decide how to proceed.
Once a better understanding of the aspirations as well as context for the project is established, we would initiate discussions with the client over additional consultants and specialists that may be required ie quantity surveyor, Tree surveyor etc.
We would finalize and agree a project programme with the client.
Outline and Concept Design
In response to your requirements and the site conditions, we would explore options and prepare an outline design.
At this stage we would prepare material in CAD including sketch plans, sections and elevations. We are also able to provide 3D modelling where this assists clients in visualizing the proposals.
We would undertake pre-application consultation with the local planning authority. At this stage we would also coordinate the design with the client and other key specialists and consultants ie engineer, quantity surveyor etc (as required).
Developed Design & Planning Applications
We would develop the design in detail at this stage.
This stage requires the preparation of the materials in CAD including location plans, block plans, building plans, sections and elevations as well as supporting Design and Access statement where required. We are also able to provide 3d model in support of the Planning Application.
At this stage we would also coordinate the design with the client and other key specialists and consultants ie engineer, quantity surveyor, planning consultant etc (as required). Upon your approval to the design, on your behalf, we would prepare and submit a planning application.
Creative Design & Structure Ltd can assist clients in preparing applications for: Outline Planning, Full Planning, Discharge of Reserved Matters/Conditions, Certificate of Lawful Development, Variation of Condition App, Feasibility Study. We are also able to submit applications within a Conservation Area or where a Listed Building Consent is required.
Technical Design & Building Regulations
Once the development control approval is obtained, it is generally preferred to develop the detail design and address the building control legislation.
This can be either by Notice (where a building contractor is engaged at this stage and the proposal is a small scale development) or by Plans (where drawings are prepared to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations). This information is coordinated with the other specialist consultants to prepare and submit Building Regulations Submission. The information prepared at this stage can be incorporated within Party Wall agreements where applicable. Depending upon the complexity of the project, some clients may choose to tender for the works at this stage on the basis of outline specification and the working drawings prepared for the Building Regulations submission.
In more complicated projects and where a more assured control on costs and quality is required, we would recommend that additional technical information is prepared to inform the construction stage.
Structural Design & CalculationsHaving in house structural engineers as part of the design team we are able to provide structural design services as well. Our chartered Structural Engineers have a wealth of experience in residential and commercial projects around London, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire.
At this stage we would design the structure and provide the necessary supportive Structural Calculations for submission to Building Control. Our Structural Engineers can provide:
- Structural design from a small extensions to a multi-storey buildings
- Structural Calculations
- Structural inspections
- Pile foundations & Basement Structure Design
- Soil Investigations
Tender & Construction
With the coordinated design information prepared, Creative Design and Structure Ltd are able to coordinate the tendering process on your behalf if required. We would invite a selection of qualified contractors to price for the building works, liaise with them during the tender period and prepare a report for your consideration. At this stage, contracts shall be prepared between yourself and your preferred building contractor.
For any project, commencement on site is a key milestone. We thrive when working with contractors towards the realization of our design concepts. Seeing those concepts emerge from the drawing board and become built form is our main motivation, and we work tirelessly to ensure they are delivered with precision and that any snagging issues on site are swiftly remedied . At this stage we are able to offer our services to Project Manage or act as Contract Administrator if the client wishes so.
Developers Design & Build
Along Traditional Contracts we also have a wealth of experience with Design and Build Contracts. We have delivered schemes where the Contractor was a single point of responsibility for delivering the entire project.
We also are the in-house designer team for a few local contractors delivering Design & Build project around the country.