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about us

With over 25 years of experience, Pink Architects offer full and partial design services for domestic, commercial and community based projects throughout Central Scotland.

Specialising in the domestic sector we work on all sizes of projects, assisting clients wishing to:

build a new home, extend and/or remodel their property, convert their attic/garage, refurbish/alter existing business premises or visualise their proposals.

Embarking on a new project can be a daunting prospect so we keep things simple and clients well informed throughout the process.

Every project is conceived, designed and detailed in three dimensions. This allows clients an opportunity to view their interactive 3D model on any tablet or smart phone device at key stages in the design.

These walk through models are accessed via a free app, are really simple to negotiate, and help clients fully understand their proposals.

To arrange an initial consultation with no obligation please call 07890 997773 or email pinkarchitects@gmail.com

services

 

Architects are generally employed to provide some or all of the services defined within the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work. Below is a brief description of the services we offer and their corresponding RIBA stage.

Fees and Health & Safety are also explained.

Initial Consultation

(RIBA Stage 0: Strategic Definition)

Your project requirements and design options will be discussed, the design and construction process explained with a fee proposal to follow. 

 

Measured Survey

(RIBA Stage 1: Preparation and Brief)

A digital measured survey of your property is carried out and Initial Project Brief prepared

 

Project Brief & Sketch Design

(RIBA Stage 2: Concept Design)

Sketch design proposals are prepared for discussion. Where appropriate, various design options will be presented.

 

Planning Permission / Listed Building Consent

(RIBA Stage 3: Developed Design)

Planning drawings establish the site layout, external appearance, internal layout and materials.

Permitted Development Rights allow small alterations and extensions to houses to be carried out without the need for planning permission in the majority of instances, provided the property is not listed or located within a designated Conservation Area.

We can usually advise if clients benefit from Permitted Development Rights at the initial consultation.

A Certificate of lawfulness can be applied for in these instances.

Extensions and alterations which breach the Permitted Development Rights guidelines will require an application for planning permission.

 

If the property is a listed building, listed building consent is required.  An application for planning permission may also be needed. Where the property lies within a conservation area, planning permission will be required.

 

Local authority statutory fees are payable on submission of the application.

Work must be started within 3 years to ensure Planning Permission remains live.

Building Warrant

(RIBA Stage 4: Technical Design)

A Building Warrant will be required in practically all instances to ensure compliance with the Scottish Building Regulations. Warrants expire after 3 years but can be extended for an agreed period at the discretion of the appointed Building Control Officer. 

 

An Amendment of Warrant may also be required should the build or specification deviate from the approved documents.

 

Local authority statutory fees are payable on submission of the application. These relate directly to the equitable value of the works involved. 

 

The services of a structural engineer will be required at warrant stage should the works determine the need.

The engineer will provide structural drawings and SER certification.

Production Information

(RIBA Stage 4: Technical Design (cont.)

The production information stage, where required, covers the preparation of detailed plans, sections, elevations, junctions and specification. This will allow the Contractor to provide a firm tender.

Tender

(RIBA Stage 4: Technical Design cont.)

A selection of contractors are sent a set of Architects and Structural Engineers documents for pricing.

Alternatively, the price is negotiated directly with a preferred contractor.

Site Administration

(RIBA Stage 5: Construction + RIBA Stage 6: Handover & Closeout)

This stage involves the preparation of contract documents, visiting the site at regular intervals during the contract period, dealing with site queries and typically administering the contract.

Health and Safety

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 will apply and health and safety requirements should be considered throughout your project. Domestic clients are required to appoint a Principal Designer to prepare pre-construction health and safety information, which highlights the risks associated with the design work.

The Contractor is responsible for coordinating and managing health and safety during the construction phase of your project and is required to prepare a construction phase plan prior to works commencing on site.

A health and safety file should be prepared for handover on completion of the works.

Details of your duties are set out in the Guidance on 2015 Regulations, published by the Health and Safety Executive, available at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l153.pdf as a free download.

In particular, you should refer to Part 2 ‘Client Duties’ in the Guidance to the Regulations. 

Fees

Fees vary depending on the size and complexity of your project and the scope of the service required.

Architects’ fees can be calculated on a percentage basis (paid as staged lump-sums) or time charged by agreement.

Fees are invoiced at agreed stages of the project.

A detailed fee proposal will be provided following the initial consultation outlining all anticipated costs, including:

Professional fees

Estimated construction cost of the proposed work

Disbursements​ (Local Authority fees)

Incurred expenses (travel, printing, digital OS map)

Estimated project cost (inc fees, construction costs, VAT, decoration and additional surveys and investigations where required) 

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contact us

t: 07890 997773

e: pinkarchitects@gmail.com

 

Pink Architects Ltd

75 Station Road

Armadale

West Lothian

EH48 3LJ

(Registered in Scotland SC 410576)

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