To date, we have taken the project from initial concept through to construction level information, including a tender process and various value engineering exercises. Work is due to start on site at the end of September.
First, we produced some early concepts to see what was achievable on the site, working to our client’s early brief (number of dwellings required and maximum footprint in relation to costs).
Initially we applied for outline planning, for a pair of semi-detached houses, to get the principle of the development approved by the Council under reserved matters.
The concept was then translated into a set of planning (RIBA 3) drawings*, taking into account local authority requirements and standards as well as our client’s ideals in terms of materials, spaces, value and brand. We then submitted an application to clear reserved matters and obtain planning approval.
*At this point, we are designing with construction and building regulations in mind, to ensure the final planning approval is buildable.
Next steps involved developing and finalising building regulations plans and information, working with a structural engineer to ensure a fully coordinated and achievable building. This led to a full plans submission to private building control and subsequent sign-off.
We then produced a detailed construction package, developing the drawings, details and information to add additional specifications. We worked alongside the quantity surveyor, assisting with the tender process and selection of appropriate contractor.
Our most recent task was to value engineer the project with the selected contractor, to come up with suitable alternatives to the scheme that offered further value and savings to the client. Minor variations were made to the planning application, to take any changes into account.
We look forward to sharing some photos when construction of this new build gets underway!