architecture + design

Architectural services

The architectural services provided by AGORA architecture + design.

 

Are you a homeowner thinking of an attic conversion, internal alterations, extension or a new-build house? Or perhaps a business owner looking for a design for new premises? AGORA architecture + design can help. Give us a call or email and we can come out for a free initial consultation. We cover Edinburgh, East Lothian, Mid Lothian, West Lothian, Fife, and sometimes further afield.

We can tailor our service to meet your needs, and can provide advice and design input at all stages of the process. We aim to provide a friendly and professional service and will keep you fully informed throughout your project. Our service typically includes:

INITIAL CONSULTATION

We will meet you for a chat about your aspirations and discuss a way forward and how we can assist. We will follow this up with a fee quote and our terms and conditions of appointment. Should you wish to proceed we will carry out or arrange for the necessary surveys to be undertaken. These may include a photographic survey, measured building survey and, for new-builds, a topographical survey.

DESIGN

Before we begin designing we will prepare a written brief to ensure all parties understand what is required. We will then prepare initial designs, which typically include sketch drawings, and 3D views to help you visualise your space, and may include a physical model. Through discussion with you we will develop these designs into a more detailed set of proposals. At this stage it may be desirable to obtain an estimate of build cost.

 
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LOCAL AUTHORITY CONSENTS

We will organise for the necessary consents to be obtained. These may include planning permission, listed building or conservation area consent, and building warrant. We are experienced in dealing with local authorities and will prepare all of the necessary documentation and co-ordinate other disciplines (e.g. structural engineers) as required.

CONSTRUCTION

If you do not have a builder already, we can provide details of companies we feel would be a good match. We can prepare tender information for builders to price from, and construction information to build from. We can oversee work on site, administer the contract and certify completion. We can also act as Principal Designer under the CDM regulations 2015.