What do I need to hire an architect?
It is a good idea to consult an architect before you start any project, even if it is not very complicated. For projects over PS50,000, architects will generally offer a full-service. However, an architect can help with your project’s early stages for a lower fee. One-off consultations are offered by most architects and can prove to be extremely useful. These consultants will provide guidance on every aspect of your project, from design and cost to planning and construction. You can get valuable insights to help you realize your project in a very short time. An architect is required if you require planning permission.
How can I tell if someone is an architectural professional?

The law protecting the title ‘architect” (Architects Act 1997) ensures that only qualified individuals can use it. Companies that claim to be ‘architectural’ architects or use similar terminology are usually not eligible. All architects must register with the Architects Registration Board, with most taking up RIBA membership. An individual without one credential may not be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This could mean that they are operating unregulated and you have no assurances of their ability deliver the service you need.

Why choose a RIBA Chartered Practice instead?

Only architectural practices that meet strict eligibility criteria are eligible to register as a RIBA Chartered Practice. All RIBA-accredited Chartered Practices must: * Employ a minimum number of RIBA Chartered Architects.

Have appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance
Have a quality management system
Have comprehensive Health and Safety and Environmental policies
They are expected to follow a Code of Practice and behave in a way that is appropriate for their status. The complete Code of Practice is available.

They are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and design. The RIBA promotes only accredited Chartered Practices to clients.
How do you write a short?

Your brief is critical to the success of your project. Your ability to clearly describe to your architect your requirements and functions for your building and the proposed management methods. Ask your architect for assistance in creating a final brief. This information will be required by your architect

Your goals
your budget
Your design style: Are you looking for a design that is in harmony with the existing building? Are you looking for a modern or high-tech design style? Do you care about a sustainable or environmentally-friendly design?
Your reasons for starting this building project: What activities are you planning?
Your authority: Who will decide on the design, cost and construction of the project when it is in progress?
Your overall goals: What do you want to achieve with this project? More space, more light and more flexibility?

Your architect will listen to you and develop a brief that addresses not only the design aesthetics but also the functional aspects of the building. The budget and timing of your project will be established early on, but the final sketches can only be approved by you.
How can I choose the right architect?

Many clients choose to appoint an architect Rochdale they know, who has been recommended or whose work is inspiring. This is a good approach unless you require a wider range of skills and services that match your needs more precisely. In which case, a structured selection process is advised.

You should look for a practice that has experience with your type of project, or shares your goals. You should check how many similar projects they’ve worked on, who their contacts are with the local planning department, and what their track record is in obtaining approvals. You can find out from their references how they communicated and responded to changes.

Talk to the firms on your shortlist and describe your project. Ask if they are able to handle it. Request literature that details the qualifications and experience of each firm. Visit their website. Ask for a portfolio or to tour completed buildings. Get to know your architect. It is crucial to make sure you are compatible. You must be convinced of the creativity and ability of your architects.
What should I expect to pay for my first meeting?

Although architects aren’t required to give their time free of charge, they will generally not charge for an initial meeting. It will be a brief meeting to discuss the project and assess the architect’s ability. Any more than that – i.e. You should expect to pay for detailed design advice.

It is possible for architects to offer different services in their initial meetings. Before you arrange a meeting, it is best to inquire about any charges.
What is the cost of this?

The cost of an architect’s services will vary depending upon the complexity and location of the project. Some architects base their fees on a percentage or a lump sum, while others charge a flat fee or a time-based basis. It is up to you to decide how much or little you want to commission an architect – from the initial design discussion to the final delivery of your project on site.
How can I find an architect to work for me?

For any project to succeed, it is essential that there be a good working relationship between the architect and the client. Before the project starts, you and your architect must discuss the scope and costs of architectural services. Also ensure that the agreement is written.

The Domestic Project Agreement is designed to assist clients embarking on small building projects. It can be used for work on your home. The RIBA Concise Agreement will be more appropriate if you are acting on behalf of a business or commercial purpose. For larger projects, where more detailed terms are required, the RIBA Standard Agreement can be used. This agreement can be used for all procurement methods, including design and build.
How can I tell if I require planning permission?

You can consult your architect about all approvals, or you can visit the Government’s Planning Portal website.

What are my safety and health obligations?

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM2015) regulate the management of the safety, health, and welfare of construction projects. These regulations were updated in April 2015, and they are applicable to both commercial and domestic clients.

These duties impose a responsibility on the client to make appropriate arrangements for managing a job, principally by ensuring that duty holders (ie a Principal Designer or a Principal Contractor) are appointed.

Which type of contract should I use for my building project?

Once planning approval has been obtained, your architect will recommend a suitable form of building contract. Your architect will also prepare technical specifications and drawings that detail your proposed proposals. These drawings will be available to selected builders for cost. The RIBA has a variety of contracts that are suitable for commercial and domestic projects.

How can I control the quality of my build?

Contract administrator is responsible for managing the construction contract. This role will be yours unless you appoint someone.

An architect can be appointed as the contract administrator to ensure quality control. They will inspect the site, answer questions, instruct any extra work, monitor progress, track cost and value, and certify that payments have been made to the builder.
What will be the project process?

Each project goes through the exact same process.