In recent years, a lot of emphasis has been put on the construction of ultra-efficient, new-build homes and other buildings, and rightly so. Whilst this remains a core part of our striving towards a greener future, it’s not the only part. By overly focusing on the green credentials of new property, we risk missing out on the benefits of improving existing building stock. The benefits of doing this, in fact, arguably outweigh those of solely investing in the environmental performance of new property. The team here at Munday + Cramer, an architectural design practice particularly interested in seeing more being […]
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Architecture is a word which we use to describe the physical aspect of the spaces in which we live, work, eat, pray and learn. Inspiring architecture can be beautiful, thought provoking and functional. Whichever space you are looking to create, you will require an architect and/or building surveyor.
A good architectural practice such as Essex-based Munday and Cramer can:
- Manage the tender process for trades and services
- Produce technical drawings
- Apply for planning permission and building regulations consent on your behalf
- Manage the project throughout the build
- Prepare budgets and ensure cost certainty
- Complete feasibility studies
Choosing the right architect for you is a big commitment. Architectural design is subjective so they will need to not only fit with your budgetary constraints, but also share your vision for the completed build.
Choosing an Architect
The first thing to consider is that your proposed architect is registered with the relevant bodies. UK architects must register with the ARB (Architects Registration Board). Additionally, they can also choose to apply for accreditation with RIBA, RIAI or RIAS should they wish to acquire a Chartered status. Not only should prospective clients check an architect’s credentials, but also it might be wise to check what accreditation entails.
In the first place, builders and tradespeople can often recommend an architect. From that position, the client should employ the rule of (at least) three when gaining quotes. It is important to realise that not all architects will be experienced in all kinds of project. Do some research, ask for case studies of similar builds to your own, and follow up references.
Another key point, is to understand what your quote entails. Some architects will manage the planning application and building regulations process for you, others expect you to have this in hand. Similarly, some practices offer project management and engage trades on the client’s behalf – others simply provide a design drawing for contractors to work from.
Potential clients requiring assistance with any of these architectural services should contact Munday and Cramer on 01245 326200
The Education and Skills Funding Agency have this week opened CIF bidding for the 2018/9 round for academies and sixth-form colleges. As with previous years, the bidding window will close in mid-December, this year on the 14th. The now-familiar portal will be central to all CIF bidding activities; and will follow the same format. Whilst the Condition Improvement Fund remains focused on the condition of buildings, there are a number of changes within this round: Healthy Pupils Capital Fund Following an announcement by the ESFA in February; funding from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (commonly known as the Sugary Drinks […]
Munday + Cramer have this week been notified that they will be joining the Diocese of Westminster’s approved consultants panel. This seal of approval follows a raft of new instructions; particularly with academies and Multi-Academy Trusts across London and the South-East. The multi-disciplinary building surveying and architectural practice have worked with a number of Diocesan schools in recent years. Most notably St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School, where Munday + Cramer have successfully delivered a range of schemes in the past 15 years. In addition to largely re-modelling the school over the years, specific projects completed include: A new entrance and […]
Munday + Cramer have secured a pair of design schemes at Chelmer Valley High School for the coming year. These projects continue the Broomfield school’s long relationship with the Essex architectural and building surveying practice. Firstly, M+C will design a new bespoke canopy to provide an outdoor dining area of some 70m2. The outdoor space will provide additional space for students during break and lunchtime. Thus, timeliness and speed of service will be improved for the busy kitchen. The second scheme comprises a more complex project. M+C will undertake a feasibility study and preliminary designs for a new dedicated pastoral centre […]
Works are well underway at the Elliott Hall Medical Centre in Pinner, Middlesex to provide a raft of changes to the facilities to accommodate the continued growth of the practice. The scheme, funded in part by the NHS Estates and Technology Transformation Fund, will see the vibrant practice benefit from a multi-phase scheme incorporating both a major extension, space-planning and internal re-modelling to create a range of new facilities. The first phase has seen the construction of a new two-storey extension, expanding the existing ground floor waiting room and the practice’s training facilities located on the first floor. Subsequent phases have seen the conversion […]