We firstly approach a project by finding out what the client brief is.
This includes a brief priority hierarchy which determines what brief requests are; supplementary, important and critical. Once a brief is established, we discuss with the quantity surveyor or the client the budget and programme. At this stage, we advise on which elements can or cannot be achieved. This frank and transparent discussion is important to ensure that client expectations are managed as well as providing an efficient design rather than commencing something too expensive which requires significant redesign at a later date to fall within budget. We then provide a scheme design and energy strategy for the project which we discuss with the rest of the design team including what extent of energy efficiency is provided from the mechanical and electrical services and how much is provided through the building fabric. Throughout the whole life of the project, we discuss the servicing strategy in detail with the design team, focussing on how it will fit into the building, its appearance and functionality. A successful design will fully integrate, and be in keeping with the style of building.