- Feasibility Studies
- Concept Design
- Planning Applications
- Conservation & Listed Buildings
- Building Regulation Applications
- BIM (Building Information Modelling)
- Contract Administration
- Spatial Planning
- Interior Design
- Landscape Architecture
- 3D Images & Animations
- Standard Terms and Conditions of Engagement
- Architect's Code of Conduct
We believe that the best way to start most building projects is to begin with a Feasibility Study. Some projects are straightforward, however in many cases, the best design takes time to materialize – our goal is to ensure we work on the best design solution for your project.
During this stage we take time to examine various options and ensure that the proposals are feasible. A site appraisal is often the starting point for any development and will define the constraints and opportunities of the site.
The site appraisal is the basis for developing a feasibility study which is undertaken at the start of a project to ascertain development options. This will also determine if the development is viable and will assist in the preparation of any business case or strategic client brief.
Cassidy + Ashton consider the Concept Design as a crucial stage in your project, since it gives us and you the opportunity to look at different ideas without any pre-conceptions.
For us, it is important that this initial process explores all influencing factors which will then in turn form the foundation of our design proposal back to you.
We carry this stage of design by making full use of presentation skills to complete high quality sketch plans, elevations and 3D images to best illustrate our ideas back to you.
Key to all this is ensuring that other consultants are on board at this stage; Mechanical, Electrical and Structural. Rigorous testing of the Concept Design is important to ensure that we have met your design brief – this is fundamental to the successful on the on-going design development.
Cassidy + Ashton have considerable experience in submitting Planning Applications. This is reinforced by the growth of our in-house planning department who are dedicated to all things Town Planning. A list of their services can be found here.
From an architectural perspective, we recognise that excellent design plays a huge part in securing your planning consent, particularly if the location is sensitive or highly visible.
A successful planning outcome arises from effective pre-consultation – Cassidy + Ashton have excellent links with Local Authorities, particularly in the North West. It is at this stage where key issues are needed to be identified and then addressed.
Collaborative work amongst the design team is then vital to deliver the best quality submission. Working alongside our in-house Town Planning consultants, we will assist in procuring and coordinating the various environmental inputs, including noise, traffic, ecology & landscape, to name but a few.
We believe on larger projects that a Design & Access Statement is a key document to support the application. It is our responsibility therefore to ensure a robust statement is produced, giving a detailed account of the development of the design and the decisions made through the process. In addition, our statements frequently include 3D images to illustrate the development in context.
Once consent is achieved, where necessary, the discharge of planning conditions is needed. If required, C+A will undertake the lead role in coordinating the discharge of planning conditions by submitting the required information and then tracking the progress in schedule form, which is regularly updated and reported.
As Specialist Conservation Architects with the RIBA we have the experience and knowledge to work with buildings of heritage and response to the context in an appropriate manner. We have worked on Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II buildings across the country.
Other than planning permission, the main statutory approval that will be required on a building project is building regulations approval. The Department for Communities and Local Government is responsible for building regulations which exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings, and the energy efficiency of buildings. The regulations apply to most new buildings and many alterations of existing buildings in England and Wales, whether domestic, commercial or industrial. Building regulations approvals can be sought either from the building control department of the local authority or from an approved inspector.
Fundamentally, the purpose of BIM is to ensure that appropriate information is created in a 3D format so that better decisions can be made throughout the design, construction and operation of built assets. This collaborative approach with other disciplines reduces the problem typically encountered both on site and during operation. We have good experience at delivering small and large developments involving new build and existing buildings using Revit and can offer this service to client’s.
We can manage projects from inception through to completion including on site management and contract administration via an appropriate form of contract which we can also advise on. Contract administrators are appointed direct by the client and act as client’s agent. The role involves managing the on-site contract between the client and Main Contractor in respect of instructions and various certification.
Spatial planning involves understanding the context of a site or internal space and reviewing the design options based on the client’s brief. In many ways it is similar to the feasibility stage and usually undertaken as part of an internal refurbishment.
Interior design involves the planning and design of building interiors. This can include; offices, hotels, restaurants, retail spaces, hospitality, healthcare and domestic interiors. It can involve interiors for new buildings, or the redevelopment of existing spaces. We draw upon years of experience at delivering exciting and inspirational interiors to suit the context of the development. We believe that the interior design is an extension of the architectural design and as such should work hand in hand.
Masterplanning is the blending of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning to create a vision for a development site. To create the perfect masterplan we recognise the need for passion and vision, combined with the ability to empathise with all the stakeholders involved to create an inclusive environment. By taking this holistic approach we can create high quality accessible and inspirational spaces both for existing built up areas and for new build masterplanning.
Landscape architects plan, design and manage open spaces and aim to provide aesthetically pleasing urban and rural environments. We can work on a variety of projects from designing parks and green spaces, to gardens and building development sites. Similar to interior design we believe that landscape design should be an extension of the architectural vision within a development and can make a significant contribution to the setting and context.
It is commonplace for us to develop 3d imagery to help client’s fully understand the design proposal whether that be for a domestic client or large commercial client. This is often required for planning applications to demonstrate that the design has responded positively to the surrounding area. 3D animations can also be produced to add a further level of engagement for client’s to better understand the spatial impact of a design or to arrive at the best interior aesthetic.
Cassidy + Ashton fully understand that when you are planning a new project, it can be difficult to know where to begin. We always offer an initial consultation to all potential clients, free of charge.
During our first meeting, we will give you an indication regarding the feasibility of the project in both planning and building terms. We may also suggest alternative ways of meeting your requirements and expectations.
After our first meeting, we will write to you with our fee proposal. This is typically calculated by assessing the amount of time and resources required to undertake your project in the correct, professional manner.
Our fees are fixed and agreed in advance; sometimes we may offer a percentage fee. We will never charge you for anything without your agreement. The timing of stage payments will made clear at the outset.
For clarity and the protection of all parties we ask that our engagement be formalised using the appropriate form of standard agreement published by the RIBA for the purpose.
Here at C+A, we take pride as Architects in the work we do and the manner that we carry it out. Our Architects have worked hard to earn their professional status and we abide by the ARB Professional Code which sets out the standards of competence and conduct expected of architects; for the benefit of the clients we serve and to maintain public confidence in the profession.
A copy of the Code can be downloaded here: architects-code-2017.
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