Reading + West Services

Setting about constructing a new building is an exciting but complex task. Whether you are about to embark on your first project or are a seasoned developer we are able to offer a range of comprehensive Architectural and design services that we can tailor to your individual requirements. Architectural services are set out in RIBA Work Stages and once we have met with you and understood your project and requirements we will confirm what level of service is most appropriate.

RIBA Work Stages can be defined by 3 headline phases being; Concept; Planning and Construction. Whilst we will often take a project from inception through to completion we can be appointed to act at any stage of a project.

CONCEPT

We can quickly establish the feasibility of your project and can sketch out some initial ideas. We enjoy design and realising your ideas and will unlock the potential of a site or building often seeing configurations or arrangements not previously considered. At this stage we can establish a likely cost for the building works and will advise you what will be required to take your project through to completion. This stage usually forms the start of our journey together but we can also provide these skills as a stand alone service.

PLANNING

We will develop the Concept design and through dialogue and a series of presentations will hone the proposals culminating in a detailed design and a series of Planning Application drawings. At this stage we can also arrange for costs estimates for the work to be firmed up.

The Planning process has become increasingly complex and can seem daunting to the uninitiated. We have considerable experience and success dealing with Planning Authorities and we will deal with all aspects of your application including form filling and preparation any supplementary information or documents required by the local authority. We aim to make the process as pleasurable and as stress free as possible
for our clients, using our considerable experience to guide the application through as smoothly as possible.

We see Planning as an exciting challenge and one that rewards with unique proposals that enhance the value of the building or site.

CONSTRUCTION

The partners have over 50 years combined experience, constructing buildings from individual house refurbishments to larger new build developments. We will provide
detailed construction drawings and specifications that will allow the builders to accurately price the works and will also submit the building regulations application on your behalf. In most cases we act as the Contract Administrator and will prepare the building contract on your behalf as well as visiting site on a regular basis to assess both the progress and quality of the work. We will issue monthly valuations so that you only pay for building work that has been completed. We have an excellent track record in keeping project on time and in budget and all of our projects are completed to the highest of standards.

INTERIOR DESIGN
The interior design will shape the look and feel of your build. We are passionate about materials, fixtures and fittings and are able to assist you with the selection of the interior finishes from extraordinary timbers and natural stone products. We have excellent links with many trade suppliers and are often able to source trade discounts that we can pass on to our clients. We are continually visiting exhibitions and trade shows, keeping our finger on the pulse and you are therefore assured of being shown the latest and most relevant materials and products.

Many of our projects include bespoke joinery designed by us in house and made for you by an established Furniture maker based in leafy Buckinghamshire. The wonderful thing about bespoke solutions is that it makes maximum use of the space available, the design is unique and it is not as expensive as you might think!

We often help clients you with the selection of furniture and free standing fixtures and fittings and have a vast knowledge of suppliers and products that we have amassed after many years in the industry. Our space planning skills will ensure that the selected furniture fits the space perfectly.