WHY USE AN ARCHITECT?
When contemplating to build or extend your property , an architect will be able to interpret your ideas creatively and manage the project professionally providing value for money and peace of mind with a satisfying end result.
Our input can be insightful in developing design solutions which will reduce your overall construction costs, minimise running costs and add long term value to the property both in terms of the layout optimisation, and aesthetic worth. We are also able to offer assistance on environmental sustainablility, and energy performance.
When you use an architect, you have commisioned someone who knows the working practises of the construction industry & the relevant standards. Your architect will be able to guide you through the complex procedures of Planning, Building Regulations and contractual arrangements.
FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION
At GPA, we are happy to offer an intial consultation with all clients free of charge, & to give our advice openly, whilst discussing your needs in detail.
We carry Professional Indemnity Insurance appropriate to the scale and type of work we undertake. We will endeavour to interpret your ideas with imagination, creating spaces for life....
EMPLOYING OTHER PROFESSIONALS
Sometimes, no matter how simple a project first appears, there is often a need for input from other construction related professionals, eg a structural engineer or Q.S. As architects, we will be able to explain the need for these services, and will assist you in obtaining quotations for services, where required, & appointing suitable candidates for your project.
OBTAINING STATUTORY APPROVALS
Once intial design solutions have been discussed & agreed, we can advise you on all the issues relating to Planning Approval, Building Control Approval and your obligations with respect to current health and safety legislation. Part of the our service involves acting as your agent in all applications made to the statutory bodies
After drawings and specifications have been completed and the relevant statutory approvals have been received, we can advise you on how to choose appropriate builders to tender for the work. There are appropriate forms of building contract available for types of building of building projects and we can assist you in selecting these, & with administration of the building contract throughout the works.