Architectural Services

Our approach is plain and simple, our architecture can be anything but.

At mbf DESIGN, we believe that appointing an architect should be as simple as ordering a coffee. So – whether you need someone to manage a full project from beginning to end, or just some specialist help along the way – get in touch and we’ll work together to come up with the perfect package deal.

Typical project stages are listed below. If you’re interested in speaking to mbf DESIGN about help with any of your build – whether it’s for a single stage, advice on any aspect of the build, or full project management – contact Matthew Franklin now for a free consultation.

Initial consultation
Brief writing
Surveys
Designs and Initial Drawings
Planning and Building Regulations Applications
Working Drawings and Tender
Project Management (Contract Administration)

Initial consultation

When you contact mbf DESIGN for your first consultation, my priority is to get to know you. I’ll work with you directly to help you work out what you need – whether it’s help with one or two stages of a project, or a full architectural service – giving you realistic and simple advice.
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Brief writing

Planning & Building Regulations Applications by mbf DESIGNThe brief is the starting point of any project. Good brief writing is important to ensure the foundations of a good design. The initial brief specifies the amount of detail and information that you’re going to need in the survey and throughout the design.
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Surveys

We’ll measure the building and the site to produce an accurate record of the property including items like room layouts, drains, land levels and boundaries. An accurate survey is vital– it’s the basis upon which plans are drawn up, applications are made and building works are costed.
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Designs and Initial Drawings

Architectural Services 3D Drawing by mbf DESIGNInitial drawings, prepared using information from the survey and the brief, show how your new building and property might be created to fulfil your ‘wish list’ and resolve issues in the best possible way. I’ll explain the thinking behind the designs and we can discuss the practicalities of the resulting works in detail.
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Planning and Building Regulations Applications

Planning Applications are made by adding extra information to the drawings – items like materials, external appearance, location, size and scale – to show how the proposals relate to national and regional planning policies.

Building Regulations Applications are made by adding technical and construction information to the drawings, to satisfy the Building Inspector that the works will comply with a set of standard national regulations.

If your design requires applications to be made, I will prepare and submit these for you. An architect’s input is especially helpful if the application includes heritage work (a listed building, conservation work, etc).
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Working Drawings and Tender

Architectural Project Management by mbf DESIGNWorking drawings show how everything in the building is going to be constructed and set out. The whole package is like an instruction manual for contractors. Details include things like lighting diagrams, how materials will be stored on site, and references for specific items like floor tiles.

Together with the architect, you can use these working drawings in the tender process, to get detailed quotes and timescales from a number of bidders and put together a build team.
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Project Management (Contract Administration)

At the build stage, the architect becomes an impartial advisor to both parties in the construction contract. Using the drawings and specifications to set timescales and costs, we’ll create a contract that offers security and peace of mind to both parties.

Then, as project manager, I’ll monitor the expenditure and build programme, deal with requests from all parties, make site visits and deal with technical queries. This service takes the pressure off and enables you to spend more time at home or work, rather than manage the construction directly.
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