MTY Architects will visit you to discuss your initial ideas and advise on how best to proceed to get the most out of your property.
A fee proposal is then prepared based on the initial briefing. MTY architects work to a transparent fee arrangement which is applied to all projects.
02 MEASURED DRAWINGS
Detailed measured surveys of the building are carried out in order to produce accurate existing plans and elevations from which to work from. This can be done by us but more often an independent surveyor is commissioned. If necessary, a land survey will also be commissioned to determine levels across the site.
The more accurate the information gathered at this stage, the less likely any issues will arise later.
A sketch proposal will then be developed in accordance with the initial briefing discussions. These proposals can take the form of hand drawn or digital plans, perspective sketches or full 3d models depending on the nature of the project and services required.
Once a scheme is agreed, if necessary, MTY Architects will develop a planning application in close consultation with the client. We will liaise with local planning officers and where necessary advise on the use of other consultants such as ecological or historical specialists. MTY Architects have good relations with local planning authorities and achieve a high success rate.
Once Planning permission has been achieved, MTY Architects will develop detailed proposals including an outline specification to demonstrate compliance with the Building Regulations. This would normally require the services of a structural engineer in conjunction with our detailed proposals.
MTY Architects advise on the appointment and co-ordination of any external consultants that may be required.
SPECIFICATION & DETAILED DRAWINGS
In order to obtain competitive prices from contractors that are suitable for comparison, we produce a package of information including detailed drawings and a full written specification. The emphasis is on high quality design and materials with known contractors being approached.
THE TENDER PROCESS
MTY Architects will prepare and agree with the client, a list of appropriately qualified contractors who will be invited to tender for the works.
The drawings are then issued to the contractors in order to obtain comparative and competitive prices.
A fixed time period is allowed for the tender process and when tenders are returned, these are analysed and compared in order to make a recommendation to the client.
If required, MTY Architects will administer the contract, run regular site visits / meetings, issue instructions and oversee variations, certify payments and make arrangements for handover / completion of the works. We will also issue updated or further drawings and details throughout the works if necessary.