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Hickman & Smith Architects undertake design work in stages to fulfil your needs. We will offer you flexibility by providing a bespoke service for your project. This allows you to review your needs as the project progresses and to adjust the services accordingly.
We produce carefully considered designs to fit your brief and will manage all correspondence with the Planning Department and the Local Authority on your behalf. We have an excellent record for achieving planning permission.
Browse our services information below to find out more about how we work within the RIBA framework to bring your design project to fruition.
Get in touch with us to discuss your requirements. We can help you with any queries you might have, for example, ‘Do I need planning permission’?
Get in touch to arrange a meeting at your home to discuss your requirements and to develop a strategic brief for the project. Our first visit is a free, no obligation consultation, during which we will discuss the design brief, provide some project ideas and advise upon the scope of work and services required. Following our meeting we will provide a quotation tailored to suit your requirements.
The next stage of the project will be to provide a measured building survey and to document the existing condition of the property. There is also further opportunity for us to discuss project ideas whilst we are on site and to refine the project brief.
We help to bring your ideas to life by presenting a range of design ideas based on your project brief. We will work with you to produce a refined design proposal and will enable you to achieve the best possible design for your project. We provide recommendations and advice based on our professional expertise and knowledge of the planning and construction process.
We have a very strong and successful record for obtaining planning permission. We will submit your planning application and liaise with the local council on your behalf. It can take several weeks for the planning department to approve a planning application. During this time we recommend that you appoint a structural engineer so that the technical design can be progressed. We have excellent working relationships with local engineers and can assist with recommendations. We can also help if you have had planning permission refused as we offer a planning appeal service and have an exemplary track record of successful planning appeals.
Following planning approval, we will produce technical drawings for building regulations submission and construction. This is the stage where concept designs are developed to provide technical details required for building performance and materials are specified to achieve the finish you want. At completion of this stage we can also manage the tender process to help you to appoint a competent contractor and to achieve a competitive price for the building works.
Hickman & Smith Architects offers a contract administration service and provide ongoing support throughout the construction stage. This is an important stage in the process to manage variations and costs. We also report on the site progress and build quality.
Upon completion of the building works we conclude the administration of the Building Contract and, importantly, check that construction has been completed to recognised standards.
This final stage includes a post-project review and occupation services where we can provide advice on defects rectification, maintenance and facilities management.
Hickman & Smith Architects has wide ranging experience of managing and delivering large scale projects, across a number of sectors, from sports club renovations to student housing developments to commercial and industrial architecture.
We are also very proud to have worked with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and Karen’s Homes From Home to provide accommodation for leukaemia patients and their families at Elizabeth Court.
Our architecture is the result of extensive research and planning to deliver high quality and efficiently planned spaces which offer practicality, commercial viability and elegant aesthetics that respond to local context.
“A picture tells a thousand words, and seeing our project come to life in the virtual reality suite knocks the spots off a thousand pictures” – Parton Mill.
3D visualisations are an excellent means of exploring design options and enable you to see your new space come to life. If you are interested in finding out more about this additional service, please mention this at your initial meeting or call the office for a chat.