As an RIBA Chartered Architect I will provide you with much more than just the drawings for your new home or business venture. You will be fully involved in creating a totally tailored solution for your living needs.

I have the experience to see your project safely through to completion, overseeing the design, the planning and building regulations, the builders and your budget.

You can appoint me to manage any or all parts of the design and construction process.

  • I will help you to define your objectives for the project, identify the risks involved and interpret your ideas imaginatively and expertly work with you to develop a design that will interpret your ideas imaginatively, maximise your investment, be economic to build and run, and, of course, bring you years of comfort and pleasure.
  • Secure the approvals that will be needed before your project can go ahead, including the preparation of applications to the local authority for planning consent (which certifies that the project meets rules governing the use and form of buildings) and for Building Regulations certification (which covers the functional requirements of buildings to safeguard the health and safety of the people using them)
  • Manage the construction phase by helping you to select suitable builders, obtaining competitive prices for construction, monitoring progress, standards and safety on-site, arranging the input of other design specialists, and overseeing the co-ordination of the construction through to its successful completion.

You are likely to be making a large financial and emotional commitment to your project, which makes standards and performance from others all the more important. Using a Chartered Architect provides you with extra safeguards to ensure that your designer acts with integrity and gives independent advice in support of your interests.

Only qualified architects registered with the Architects Registration Board ARB are entitled to call themselves “Architects” in the UK and only registered architects who are members of RIBA and adhere to the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct can be called “Chartered Architects”. If you are uncertain about the credentials of anyone claiming to be a Chartered Architect do ask them for their RIBA membership number or check with the RIBA

Architects are required by UK law to be registered with the ARB and to comply with the ARB also has an obligation to represent consumers’ interests and in the final resort architects are subject to the disciplinary sanction of the Board in respect of “unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence”.

Fee options

I usually quote my fee for the early stages of projects as lump sums payable on completion of each stage so that you know where you will be financially at each stage:

Taking, for example, an extension to a detached house the stages would normally be:

Measured Survey: pre-agreed lump sum.

Design: pre agreed lump sum

Planning Application  pre agreed lump sum plus fee to the Planning Authority

Building Regulations Approval: pre-agreed lump sum plus fee to Building Control and Engineer

Obtaining Competitve Tenders: pre-agreed lump sum

Administering the Building Contract: usually 5% of the Building Contract.

For a new build project I can quote a fee based on a percentage of the estimated build cost if you prefer.

IOW Council

It is important before you start your project that you are aware of the approvals that will be needed from the local authority for Planning and Building Regulations, as well as legislation that might affect your plans, such as party wall regulations.

I can guide you through all of these matters as they develop the design. I will also be able to make the necessary submissions for approvals and handle negotiations with the statutory bodies.

The Building Contract

This is a vital document – the legally binding commitment between your builder and you as the client to deliver your probject.

I can administer the building contract on your behalf. The best way of preparing yourself is an adequate written contract designed to manage such events fairly from each party’s point of view. There is a range of standard forms of contract tailored to different size projects, and I will be able to advise you on the one best suited to your needs.

Wight Architecture works primarily on projects of the Isle of Wight, however I have experience on projects across the country and abroad. Recently we have taken on projects across the UK including a renovation in Leicestershire.

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