The Way We Work
We are extremely design oriented and try to ensure that each project however small, is designed, detailed and built to the highest possible standards. We like our buildings to be accessible, enjoyable, economic and capable of adaptation and extension. Our work has a sense of fun and our clients appreciate the commercial success that can result from a well thought out and well-designed building.
We aim to create buildings of exceptional quality, design and detail within agreed cost and time limits. Our clients are expected to contribute to the design process by joining the design team in developing the project brief and in outlining the economic criteria for each job. We design buildings in many different climatic regions, and avoid architectural stereotypes. Each job is different and each building design emerges from its own specific brief. During the detailed design stage of each job, we work with suppliers and manufacturers in identifying the most cost effective, durable and elegant details of building construction.
We instruct our consultants and quantity surveyors to maintain a strict eye on the project budget during pre-contract design stages. We pay particular attention to the economies of construction at both design and contract drawing stages. During construction, variations and fluctuations are carefully monitored and client approval is sought before contract sums are increased. Financial appraisals, including reviews of originally projected income figures are carried out at regular intervals during construction and finances are adjusted accordingly.
Before we start a commercial project, we study the market in great detail and set up strict financial guidelines for the project. We think that profit margins in the past have been too high and that contractors are now becoming more realistic with building tenders. We have found that the better-designed buildings sell and let more quickly in a tight market. We have built some projects on tight budgets that have been excellent investments, and our clients are now appreciating that a successful real estate investment does not have to be expensive. Good design frequently costs less to build.
Some of our buildings are nearly 25 years old and we are beginning to see the benefits to our clients in getting it right first time!