Services

Measured Surveys

The measurement of existing buildings and sites and the production of scale drawings

Sketch Designs

Ideas and drawings to help refine clients requirements and for the exploration of possible design solutions

Design Drawings

Scale drawings of agreed designs for submission of planning applications and for budget pricing

Building Regulation Drawings

Drawings and information showing sufficient information for building regulation applications

Construction Drawings

Detailed drawings and other information for use in tender documentation and building contracts

Site Inspections

Schedules of conditions and visits to inspect works on-site

Contract Administration

Contractor appointment, project management, handovers and settlement of accounts

Planning Applications and Appeals

Planning advice, applications and appeals against the refusal of planning permission

Energy and Sustainability Advice

Energy and renewables strategies, Code for Sustainable Homes assessments

The Process

Step 1: Initial visit

There is no charge for this visit at which we will discuss your building requirements and timelines in general terms. Broad advice will be given and, following the meeting, we will confirm our fee proposal to you in writing for your consideration.

Step 2: Survey visit

Following our appointment and before we can start designing it is usually necessary to prepare a survey of all or part of your site and buildings. We will carry out a measured survey and prepare drawings of your property as existing.

Step 3: Briefing and design

We will meet to discuss your project requirements in some detail. This will include confirmation of your space requirements and discussion of appropriate architectural styles and appearances. From this briefing we will prepare 'sketch designs' for your consideration. A final design will usually be achieved via an iterative process. Once the design is relatively settled a meeting with the planning department of the Local Authority may take place to gauge their reaction prior to making an application.

Step 4: Planning application

A planning application will be prepared on the basis of the approved design and will be submitted to the Local Authority. Although approval can never be guaranteed a planning application is usually determined within eight weeks of submission.

Certain smaller extensions may not require planning permission. In such cases we would normally apply to the Local Authority for a Lawful Development Certificate. Such applications also take eight weeks to determine.

Step 5: Building regulation application

A building regulation application will be prepared on the basis of the approved design and will be submitted to the Local Authority. Supporting information may be required from a structural engineer or other consultants and this will be coordinated into the design. We will advise on the need for other such consultants- who are normally appointed directly by the client. It is often sensible to delay work on a building regulation application until planning approval is granted. A building regulation application is usually determined within six weeks of submission.

Step 6: Contractor selection

We will advise on the selection of a builder capable of carrying out the proposed works. We will advise on the most appropriate forms of contract and will provide full construction and tender information. We will obtain quotations for the building works from a number of contractors. It is often sensible to delay the appointment of a contractor until building regulation approval is granted.

Step 7: Siteworks

We will administer all aspects of the building contract from site set-up through to completion of the works.

About us



Reigate Architects was established in 2009 by Simon Walter, an RIBA chartered architect with over 25 years experience of designing and delivering a wide variety of building projects both in the UK and overseas.

Simon has an MSc. in Environmental Design, is a qualified Code for Sustainable Homes assessor and is a member of the Green Register of Construction Professionals.

Although domestic sector buildings, extensions and conversions form an important part of our work we also have experience of a wide range of new build and refurbishment commercial, educational and leisure projects.

Contact us

We are not tied to any other organisation and provide a friendly, independent and impartial service. We see every commission as an opportunity to improve the quality of our built environment.

To arrange a 'without obligation' visit to discuss your requirements please contact us.

Reigate Architects is based in Surrey and is located close to the M25, the M23 and the mainline station at Redhill.

Studio  01737 243540

Mobile  07969 623657