This is an outline of the services that can be provided by an architect for a typical residential contract. Full details of the architect’s services along with the terms and conditions will be specific to your project. They will be itemised and agreed with you by Hunter Price. You can commission Hunter Price for any of the stages you need for your project. The RIBA’s ‘Plan of Work 2013’ sets out the key stages of a construction project from conception to completion.
Stage 0 / 1
Preparation and Brief
This is the most important part of the project and where the Hunter Price can add the most value.
We will undertake some preliminary appraisals to assess the options and feasibility of the project. This can range from a sketch design solution to a full feasibility study and will enable you to decide on the best way forward. We will identify the need for any approvals and other consultants, most commonly a structural engineer.
Using the initial project brief we will develop outline proposals. Hunter Price will present a number of initial concepts for you to choose from. We will also liaise with local planners as a priority.
The final design brief should reflect your aspirations and provide you with a home that adds value and improves your quality of life.
The architect will spend more time at this stage transforming ideas into something that can be built. This includes coordinating the work of other consultants into the designs. Once agreed, between you, the design proposals will then be submitted for planning approval, if required.
Hunter Price will now prepare the technical drawings and a specification and/or a schedule of works that will be used to price the tender and construct the building. We can then invite and appraise tenders from builders and administer the building contract on your behalf.
Throughout the construction phase Hunter Price will administer your contract with the builder, carry out regular inspections, deal with queries, instruct any additional work required, monitor progress on site, keep track of cost, value the works and certify payments due to the builder.
Handover and Close Out
When the project is ready to handover we will inspect and value the works and issue a certificate. Hunter Price will be available after handover and during any defects period to arrange for certifying the final payment.