Last week we discussed identifying the right building for property development, what happens once you’ve found that building and how do you progress?
The preliminary design stage for any project requires a clear brief to facilitate discussion and ensure that specific requirements are taken into consideration. The concept stage for residential property development will involve freehand sketches as part of the thinking process, exploring a number of options when working towards a final design solution.
A good working relationship between an Architect and Client is crucial to the success of any project. You will meet, discuss and develop the design until a consolidated solution is agreed. When embarking on a property development project it can be difficult to separate personal opinions from business decisions, but the appointment of an Architect can help Clients remain focused on maximising profit.
Residential property developments may require subtle intervention or major refurbishment to give new appeal to an existing building. Architects are creative and can rationalise and reconfigure layouts to improve an existing building. There can be challenges when working with existing buildings but there also opportunities that only a professional experienced in residential property development can identify. An Architect will suggest alterations with an understanding of a buildings structure and knowledge of the technical requirements to reach the best outcome for their Client.
Once you have reached a final design solution it is imperative that you have the relevant statutory consents before commencing work on site. These can include:
- Planning Permission – to ensure that the prospered development is well designed and complements the existing property, maintains the quality and character of the surrounding context and respects the amenity of adjacent neighbours.
- Listed Building Consent – to show an understanding of the history, periods of development, and ensure that changes are appropriate and sympathetic to a building’s architectural and historic significance.
- Building Warrant – to ensure that the design and construction of buildings comply with the Building Regulations in terms of health, safety, welfare, convenience, conservation of fuel and power, and sustainable development.
Detailed design drawings are required for the Building warrant application and the appointment of consultants, such as a Structural Engineer, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer, may be required to seamlessly deliver the project.
So, even once you’ve got a building there are various crucial stages before construction begins to ensure the end result has a market and is something the developer can be proud of. Next week we discuss: The Tender Process
Kristi Greer, Architect