At Cherry Architects, our services generally start with in-depth research through observation and discussions with our clients about how they live, what motivates them and what their aspirations are for their space.
The design process begins with concept design, where research is developed into 3-dimensional design.
Once the design principles are established, we develop the concept design into a rationalised built form. During design meetings, we discuss with our clients all aspects of the design such as the benefits of different materials, products and finishes. At this stage, Cherry Architects also develop the interior design package if required.
Planning or Permitted Development: Once our clients are happy with the design, we start to prepare the planning application or application for permitted development. Planning permission is a legal consent that allows you to build. Many designs may not require planning permission as they are classed as Permitted Development. Permitted Development allows you to build straight away without permission but imposes certain limitations to material and size.
Cherry Architects produce a full planning application, which consists of 2-dimensional drawings with the addition of rendered images and reports if required. If it is clear that an additional report is required from an external professional consultant, we will identify a company and deal directly with them.
Technical Design & Construction
Following the submission of the Planning Application, we develop the design into a set of technical drawings and specification. These documents set out how the project will be built and note any site conditions, products, materials and other relevant information. Cherry Architects then liaise with Building Control on your behalf to ensure sign off.
Once the technical information is finalised, we prepare a package of drawings and information that form the Tender Package. This package is sent to a selection of contractors who are pre-selected to tender for the work. Cherry Architects can assist you in selecting a list of contractors and sending and receiving the tender packages.
Once the building contractor is selected, Cherry Architects administer the building contract and issue certificates when the build meets certain milestones. We monitor the construction process on site, attending regular design meetings and working with the contractor and specialist manufacturers to ensure that the project is delivered to the highest quality according to our design.