. What We Do § Dorset Architect: Western Design Architects'

What we do and what to expect from Western Design

Western Design can manage your project from initial concept or feasibility right through to building completion. We are also happy to take your project on at any stage or to any point.

1. Initial contact

If, having looked through our website, you are interested in using Western Design for your project, please feel free to call us to discuss further.

2. Client & Site Meeting

We will then arrange for a no obligation free of charge meeting, normally at the prospective site to discuss your ideas & requirements and feasibility. Visiting the site should also highlight any obvious planning or design constraints as well as potential opportunities.

3. Design Brief

A general design brief is written based on your requirements, lifestyle, likes & dislikes, wants & needs and your budget. This will be accompanied by a fee proposal. It is important that any potential client has a good relationship with their architect and communication is key from an early stage.

4. Appointment

As a fully chartered practice, we are required by RIBA to have an appointment letter in place before proceeding with the commission. The design Process can then continue.

5. Concept / Sketch Scheme

We will design a scheme/s to varying levels of detail depending upon the project. The design will be site specific and consider issues such orientation, gradients, neighbouring properties, outlook and general layout. These outline proposal and drawings are a useful tool for initial discussions with local planning officers and or other consultants.

6. Web Conferencing

Regardless of your destination world wide, we are able to hold online meetings allowing us to share ideas and information with you at any stage of the design process. Our web conferencing technology is fully voice and video intergrated.

7. Planning Drawings

Once a sketch design has evolved with the client’s input, planning drawings can then be worked up in further detail, focusing on spatial arrangements, elevations, materials and appearance.

We have a number of tools available to us to help the client fully understand the design of a building. These include standard CAD drawings, sketch work, artistic impressions, 3D modelling – fly through and animations, photomontages, diagrams and models. This applies to both the concept and planning drawing stages.

8. Planning Application

We will complete the relevant application forms, write design & access statements and other required documents to make a planning submission.

9. Planning Conditions

Upon approval, Western Design can discharge any conditions resulting from your approval.

10. Production Information

A range of information will need to be produced prior to building work commencing. These include a set of building regulations drawings which need to be signed off by a building control officer, detailed construction drawings, schedules and notices.

11. Tender process or negotiation

Depending on the nature of the project it may be necessary to ‘go out’ to tender. This allows a number of construction companies to bid to undertake work on your project. Western Design can prepare all the necessary information for tender. However you may already have a builder or company in mind. We can also recommend companies that we have worked with successfully in the past.

12. Construction

Western Design offer a full contract administration. We will make visits to site as necessary during onsite construction to assess build quality and assist with the production of further drawings or providing information.

13. After practical completion

We will inspect and identify any defects with the building, known as ‘snagging’.