How We Work
WhiteBox Architecture is an established Chartered Architectural practice and we work to the RIBA work stages 0-7
We tailor each stage to your bespoke project and we can include as much or as little as you need. A good Architect is a partner in designing and delivering your project. We also work closely with other consultants who are a vital cog in the design of any project. As Architects we always work closely with the most discerning clients to make sure that every project is completed to the very highest standards of design, workmanship and attention to detail. We also manage projects to agreed budgets and timescales.
Stage 0-3 Brief, Design & Planning
By far the most important stage that should not be rushed...
We will discuss your aspirations and vision for your project to get a picture of how you live and work. This will form the basis of our brief. We will discuss the project budget and timescales along with giving advise on other consultants that may be required at this stage.
We will develop the design with you and produce sketches, plans, elevations and 3D visuals in order to illustrate our concept design. We will liaise with other consultants to produce all information required for a full planning application and finally we will lodge and manage the application through to a decision from the Local Planning Authority.
Stage 4 - Technical Design
During RIBA Stage 4 we will complete all drawings and specifications required to enable building regulation approval, pricing and construction to begin. All bespoke elements will be designed and detailed at this stage.
We will explain different procurement methods for your project. If you choose to use the traditional procurement method, the design team, usually led by the Architect, will prepare the drawings and specifications required for the tender process.
The level of detail required at Stage 4 will vary depending on the type of project and the preferred procurement route.
Stage 5 - On Site
RIBA Stage 5 is the construction of your project, generally carried out by a building contractor.
Your design team’s job at this stage is to administer the chosen building contract, inspect construction work and to answer queries the client or contractor may have along with overseeing any changes made through the process. Planning conditions may have to be discharged during the construction stage.
Stage 6-7 - Handover & Use
By Stage 6 you’ve reached the end of the construction phase. We will arrange the handover of the O&M Manual, any health & safety information, and issue Practical/Partial Completion to show the work has complied with the terms of the contract. You are now able to take occupation of the building.
To complete this stage we will carry out a site inspection at the end of the agreed defects liability period to issue a completion certificate.
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