engages in the full building process, specific to the UK, for our clients based on their particular needs. We are experienced and ready to complete every stage of an architectural project outlined by the RIBA. This is inclusive of:
Diagram of RIBA and CIC Work Stages in relation to Kreado Services
Kreado Work Stages:
STAGE 1: Feasibility, Briefing & Survey
The first stage of any project is critical, as it is usually the moment when fundamental principles are established. It is the point at which the purpose of the project is defined and the overall budget and timetable expectations begin to be explored. The goal is to create the Project Brief, from which all design work will follow. In addition to creating the brief a measured survey of the existing building will be required, to assess the actual space available and to begin to explore the possibilities for the design.
-Measured drawings of existing property
Concept sketch for restaurant in the Grand Parade, North London
STAGE 2: Outline Design
The outline design will be the first response to the brief, and will present a number of options (usually 2 or 3) for discussion. The design options would usually be hand-drawn or digital sketches, based on the survey drawings and presenting general overall layouts for consideration.
This stage will begin to refine the overall scope of the works, and will allow a more complete assessment of whether budget and timetable expectations are realistic. The intention here is also to field a reaction from the client in order to refine the approach. This design work will be accompanied by initial investigations into statutory requirements, ie whether planning consent is required or if other applications will be necessary.
-Agreed overall sketch design and program configurations.
-More detailed timetable showing key dates for applications and project-specific milestones.
STAGE 3: Planning Submission
Once an overall design is agreed it can be translated into a planning application. A formal planning consent is a key milestone in most projects. It demonstrates to future purchasers that your development is lawful, and in many cases simply having a planning consent can add value to the property. Since planning restrictions are predominantly aimed at controlling the external appearance of the property, it is at this stage that external materials and colours should be decided.
-Measured drawings of the proposals suitable for a planning application.
-A planning report to go with the drawings to justify the proposals and give additional information
STAGE 4: Detailed Design
Having secured the required permissions and agreed the external appearance of the project, the next stage is to design the interior in greater detail (though in many cases, it can be arranged for this stage to develop concurrent to the submitted application while it is pending if we are confident about their approval, which may save several weeks or months from complete time). Each space and the means of moving between them will be designed with the required finishes, fixtures, and services (electrics, lighting, plumbing). During this process the building contract can be discussed and advice given. The type of building contract selected will have an impact on the type of construction information produced in the next stage.
-Further-developed drawings showing each space with sizes, materials and fixtures shown.
STAGE 5: Construction Information
The detailed design can then be translated into drawings suitable for building regulations submission, tendering, and construction. At this stage specific fixtures and finishes can be selected to ensure that the contractor’s price is as accurate as possible. In addition to the drawings, a specification and schedule of works will describe the standards of work expected.
-Schedule of Works
STAGE 6: Tendering
The process of selecting a builder is called tendering. The construction information is sent to a number (usually 3 or 4) of pre-selected contractors who will return the schedule of works with prices against each item. In this way the contractor’s prices can be compared against one another. This is the opportunity to negotiate the price, visit previous projects and speak with previous clients to ensure that you appoint the right builder for your project.
Contractor selected & contact agreed
STAGE 7: Construction
Once the building contract is agreed and all appropriate insurances are in place, the building work can begin. Throughout the works the contractor will require payments, which can be certified by the architect, who will also inspect the work to ensure that it meets the requirements of the contract.
-Celebrations for a successfully completed project!