Our in-house CAD team uses the latest Autocad 2015 software to provide accurate 2D and 3D plans and elevations, including walk-throughs, perspectives and artist impressions plus services layouts and multi-layer sets. The CAD team work closely with the surveying and design teams often providing added value to our core service provision. Site measurement is carried out in-house using traditional and modern techniques to ensure that the collation of data is accurate and reliable.
We are uniquely placed to provide the full complement of design services. We adopt a flexible individual approach to each project be it residential or commercial. We have extensive experience where we have provided design services for a cross section of building types from a modern, trendy media-style offices to high end residential apartments in the likes of Mayfair and Kensington.
For many clients we provide design and interior design services which will include the production of concept design proposals through to full technical drawings package and mood boards illustrating any one scheme. Design choices are presented with examples of everything from lighting, wall coverings, floor finishes, furniture, kitchen and bathroom choices, storage, wardrobes, doors, ironmongery, faceplates, switching and much, much more.
Our design skills marry very well with our more technical and construction building surveying skills and we are very often engaged to provide Design / Interior Design and Contact Administration or Project Management services for the same project.
More often than not before a project really gets underway the client will need to assess the feasibility of a scheme. At feasibility stage it is not just about the design. Technical requirements, statute, environmental considerations, services options, structure and of course cost will all need to be considered and the relevant constraints and parameters identified. The design aspect of any scheme is of course critical but is not considered in isolation. Procurements and contract considerations would also be considered at feasibility stage as well as other external factors such as location, surroundings and neighbourly matters.
In our experience the impact of a well-designed lighting scheme can transform an otherwise dull and lacklustre space. We often work with lighting manufacturers’ own engineers to ratify our designs and where appropriate we make use of lighting design software.
We can use Photoshop and other software packages to help illustrate what a proposed idea may look like before going ahead and committing to the project. This is helpful for clients to visualise the outcome and to also consider different options and choices. Clients have found this of particular use when a project requires planning or listed building consent. We are able to create different options on the same theme. This approach is also useful when interior colour schemes are being decided. Other examples where we have used photoshop manipulation include changes to the facade of a modern block of flats, inclusion / exclusion of an entrance canopy, new boundary railings and perimeter walling and the effects of security lighting. We have even used Photoshop to demonstrate what an extension on a property in a private cul-de-sac may look like once completed.
Our core services see us working on some fabulous buildings, many of which are listed and / or architecturally outstanding. Our Design team will very often take the lead on projects where statutory consents are necessary including building control approval, listed building consent, conservation area consent and planning permission.
The complexity of a specific project will dictate the detail and scale of the submissions to achieve the required consents. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with a wide range of projects including office to residential conversions, extensions, major window replacement schemes, over-cladding of 1960’s blocks through to smaller apartment reconfigurations and small scale alterations.
We also work alongside some market leading Approved Inspectors to ensure that Building Regulations standards are complied with, yet we often consider alternative solutions to satisfy the relevant guidance without compromising compliance.