Architects drawings - The Planning Process

Updated: Jan 30


Most often than not drawings will be needed for Planning purposes. This is where the Architect has to balance the needs of the client, the planning department and building regulations, whilst working with Engineers and all associated consultants.


What's involved to get your ideas built?

At Archi-tekt Partnership we will do the following checks and work to ensure the smooth running of your project.

  • Background preliminary checks of your property/site location any historical applications and telephone enquiries with the local planning authority to find out at the early stages any possible constraints on development.

  • A free initial consultation - (dependant on the nature of the project).

  • A free initial site visit.

  • Discussion of your needs and establishment of the brief.

  • A contract that protects both parties, usually JCT or RIBA recognised forms of Agreement, or a be-spoke contract highlighting the terms of engagement

  • Photographic survey of your project.

  • A site survey, involving the measurement of all internal rooms and external dimensions, gardens etc.

  • CAD of the site survey.

  • Scale drawings showing existing and proposed plans & elevations.

  • Scale drawings showing existing and proposed roof plans.

  • Scale drawings showing elevations through the site.

  • Block plan & Site location plan at a scale of 1:1250.

  • Coordination of any additional information requested from the validation team from the Planning department.

  • Appointment of any specialist consultants as required to be appointed on the instructions of the client.

  • Submission of the planning application once you are happy with the design.

  • Construction drawings would then be needed after receiving planning permission.

  • The appointment of an Engineer at this stage would be required.

  • Construction drawings would be produced by the Architect showing the materials that would be used to build your project.

  • Coordination with the Engineer and specifying the Engineers beam/column sizes to create any new openings in the walls or engineering work needed as required.

  • Submission to Building Regulations would occur at this stage.

  • Statutory fees to the Council would be paid by the client at this stage.

  • Any additional information required from the Building regulation officers would be provided at this stage.

  • Once the building regulation permission has been received from the local authority, you would be ready to hand the site over to the appointed contractor/builder to start the building work.

  • At each key stage of the build, a building inspector would come out and inspect the foundations, steels beams/columns, lintels, windows, roof and ensure the contractor/builder is compiling with all relevant policies in place.

  • For commercial projects: If an we are appointed to manage the site, then we will ensure that all the relevant coordination is undertaken.

  • Please note statutory fees to the Council/Engineers/Consultants would be separate and these would be payable directly to the relevant departments or consultants involved.

  • Once your project is complete, you will receive a completion certificate from the Council and your property at this stage will have added value for any future sales with prospective purchasers.

The stages of work shown above are for reference only. Depending on the complexity and nature of the project, the work stages may vary.



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