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01403 211 868  /  07540 787 365
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Services

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What We Do

Eye For Detail Architect are a Professional Chartered Architects, fully insured and a member of the ARB (Architects Registration Board) & RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architect) and encourages the promotion of all aspects of sustainable design.
• Architecture
• Free Initial Consultation
• Planning Applications
• Building Control Applications
• Listed Building Applications
• House Extensions 
• Barn Conversions
Rugby/Tennis & Other Sports Clubs Facility development
Your club’s facilities and the quality of the rugby experience will play a big part in attracting and retaining players, volunteers and supporters. It is important that the facilities your club provides meets the needs of your members and users irrespective if you run one team or 30 teams. Good facilities show your clubcares and there are many funding sources available to help you to upgrade andimprove.
• Interior Design
• Lawful Development (required when selling/buying a property, common for solicitors & lenders to require confirmation that works are "Lawful"
• Planning & Masterplanning For House Self-builders/Developers
• Entertainment/Home Cinema Venues (Inc Vue Cinemas)
• Project Management

Benefits of using a "SOLE PRACTITIONER" architect

Using a local “Sole Practitioner - Eye For Detail Architects” has a number of advantages including knowing local planning officers and local issues that are a key advantage to architects based elsewhere.   Our quality skills & design services will be tailored to fit around your budget requirements.

As a local chartered architect Paul is approachable and having to deal with every aspect of running a business rather than a "small cog in a BIG wheel" can compete on complex projects similar to a larger practice, using a technology platform that “mimics a virtual office” A powerful interface called an FTP makes it easy to sort through files and set up complex rules on sharing, privacy protection, and distribution to deliver large office services at sole-practitioner prices by collaboration with other “Sole Practitioners".

Who can benefit from using of using "EYE FOR DETAIL ARCHITECTS"

• Home Owner/Plot Owner
• Selfbuilders
• Developer
• Contractor/Builder 
(We can provide planning drawings/Working drawings/Building Regulations/Tender Documents for your client -  "A One Stop Service, Stay ahead of your competition by having a qualified chartered architect working with you".

What work is the architect involved in?

• Surveying the building/plots of land (measures study)
• Designing new buildings, alterations / extensions to existing buildings, masterplanning estates and cities
• Interior design and refurbishment
• Administration of building contracts & Supervising works on site
• Acting as the client’s agent in the securing of Planning permission and Building Regulations approval
• Acting as the client’s agent in appealing against the rejection of Planning and Building Regulations applications
• Writing specifications and schedules of work

Architects are not involved in these activities...

• Carry out building works
• Price building works
• Carry out structural surveys for conveyance purposes
• Guarantee buildings or building works
• Carry out land registry or local authority searches
• Guarantee planning approval

How does the architect charge for their services?

• Depends on the scale and nature of the works and what services you require, but remember the intial consultation is free (as long as the distance to the appointment is reasonable)
• Can charge on a fixed fee for basic works, hourly rate or percentage of construction costs
• We have fixed rates for expenses, such as printing drawings and OS maps, travel etc

What is discussed at the initial meeting?

• Under RIBA guidelines, the initial consultation is free - unless it is economically not viable then a cost needs to be set aside & agreed prior to the meeting for traveling costs.
• Architect will visit you at the plot/property of land to view the site and discuss your needs and budget, the feasibility of the project, the services you require and the most appropriate fee structure
• You will then receive a written quotation for the architectural works, detailing what happens at each stage

What is the next process once I have received the quotation?

• Once quotation is acceptable, sign and return one copy. This then constitutes an agreement between the client and architect, in accordance with our terms and conditions - You are under no obligation to accept the quotation, but we would appreciate it if you let us know if you don't want to proceed.

What will the building work cost?

• Architects are not qualified to give advice on building works costs
• If you need accurate pricing of the works, you would need the services of a Quantity Surveyor, we can recommend one for you if you decide to appoint one - We can prepare a detailed specification of the works to tender to several contractors to obtain prices for the building works

How long will it take?

• Every scheme is different, so the length of time will vary. However, there are some fixed time scales
• Initial survey to first sketch scheme usually takes between one and two weeks. Clients usually then want to make some revisions to the scheme, this may evolve and the revision process will go on for as long as it takes to arrive at a final scheme.(a cut off period should be agreed)
• Full planning applications should take between eight to ten weeks to determine from receipt of the application
• Full Building Regulations applications should take six weeks to determine from receipt of application
• Alternatively a Building Regulations notice can be made with Building Control officers inspections
• Tendering to contractors for pricing takes four weeks

Do I need to employ any other consultants?

• Other consultants may be required including the services of a structural engineer if any structural works are involved. Depending on the size and complexity of the scheme you may also need the services of a Party Wall surveyor, a planning supervisor, a mechanical/electrical engineer. We may be able to recommend these services, but they would be appointed and paid directly by you

Why do I have to pay the architect before work starts on site?

• You will be surprised to know that 80% of an architect's work is carried out before the building works starts,in surveying/measured study, designing, obtaining local authority approvals, preparing tenders and specifications, obtaining prices from contractors and suppliers, preparing contracts and getting contractors started on site. Remember the earlier you get us involved the better, even before you speak to the builders. Never part with any cash up front with any builders - we are here to advise you, that's all part of our service in looking after you - when you or your friends who may be looking to have some building work carried out become our "Client"
• When the building works have started on site, the architect will supervise the job by making regular site visits and dealing with additions/alterations/omissions to the works carried out
• The architect does not run the job on site - this responsibility is with the "Contract Manager" who may be the contractor's site manager
"Paul is an excellent Chartered Planning Architect, attention to detail is superb and his sensitivity to a client's needs. Paul made our extension into a reality that was better than we imagined...even designed a “Japanese rainwater chain” to blend with our Japanese themed garden & Koi collection and seamless level threshold flooring from the inside to the outside timber decking . We are enjoying our extension every day and looking up to see the sky through the roof light combines extraordinary creativity and a deep understanding of design with a practical understanding of how people actually live in a house."

Most recently Brian has become extremely ill but is now back from having an operation and spends most of the day recuperating in his favourite new tranquil space that Paul has created for us. On sunny days the light spills into the new room which brings a smile to me knowing that Brian will be his normal self. 

"We would strongly and unequivocally recommend Paul"
Brian & Janet W
Edwinstowe, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.
Major of London - Boris Johnson 
"Grand Opening" SCRFC Stand
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