In the UK, an architectural extension project by us typically involves an initial consultation to understand client needs and a site visit for assessment. A feasibility study evaluates project viability and local regulations, leading to the development of conceptual designs presented with 3D renderings. Planning permission is sought, followed by detailed design development and submission for building regulations approval. Our designers assist in tendering and contractor selection, providing ongoing support during construction, ensuring compliance, and conducting a final inspection. The project concludes with a documentation handover and, optionally, a post-occupancy evaluation for client feedback and performance assessment. Communication and collaboration between the MD Designers and clients are integral throughout.

Initial Consultation

Client Meeting

The architectural team conducts an initial consultation with the client to understand their requirements, preferences, and goals for the extension project.

Site Visit

A visit to the property is conducted to assess the existing structure, site conditions, and any constraints that may impact the extension.

Feasibility Study

The architectural team performs a feasibility study to determine the viability of the extension. This includes assessing local planning regulations, building codes, and potential challenges.

Conceptual Design

The architects develop preliminary design concepts for the extension, considering the client’s vision, spatial needs, and aesthetic preferences.

Conceptual drawings and 3D renderings may be presented to help the client visualise the proposed extension.

Planning Permission

The architectural team prepares and submits planning permission applications to the local planning authority.

Communication with planning officers may be necessary to address any queries or modifications required for approval.

Detailed Design Development

Once planning permission is obtained, the architects proceed with the detailed design development.

This phase includes refining the design, creating construction drawings, and specifying materials and finishes.

Building Regulations Approval

The architectural team prepares and submits detailed plans for Building Regulations approval.

Coordination with structural engineers and other consultants may be required to ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

Construction Administration

The architects provide ongoing support during the construction phase, ensuring that the extension is built according to the approved plans.

Regular site visits and coordination with the contractor are essential to address any issues and ensure quality.

Project Completion

Upon completion of construction, the architectural firm conducts a final inspection to ensure that the extension meets the design intent and complies with regulations.

Handover of relevant documentation, such as as-built drawings and warranties, to the client.

Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Some architectural firms may conduct a post-occupancy evaluation to gather feedback from the client and assess the performance of the extension in real-world use.