All buildings undergo refurbishment and redevelopment during their lifespan. This may be as a result of changing user requirements or simply deterioration or backlog maintenance. One of the keys to success is the appointment of the right architects married with the preparation of a technically competent design and specification where the works are both fully detailed and clear & unambiguous so as to maximise one’s chances of completing the works within budget, on programme and to the clients expectations.
That though is only part of the story as getting best value for money is an absolute requirement in the current economic environment. Therefore the need to occupy space effectively and efficiently, invest capital where the greatest value is derived and procure works and services in the most cost effective manner has never been more important. This requires careful planning and will often involve targeted interviews, workshops, development of block plans, generic layouts, mock-ups and eventually final plans. At all times this needs to be checked and monitored against costs to ensure that your aspirations are affordable. An unaffordable design is like a chocolate fire guard!.
The Architects Appointment…
Record Associates are familiar with all the ingredients for the delivery of a successful project and can prepare designs and specifications across a broad spectrum of work, and for various types of clients as well as engaging architects and engineers for more complex requirements. This can be undertaken as a ‘turn key’ arrangement where we offer the full suite of services or we can simply act as the client agent / project manager and help facilitate their appointment using our knowledge and insight of architects and engineering practices.
The associated services we provide include:
- Workplace / Estates strategy;
- Space planning;
- Option appraisals & feasibility studies;
- Cost control;
- CDM co-ordination;
- Measured surveys;
- Procurement of specialist surveys and reports;
- Town planning, listed building and building regulations submissions;
- Contract administration; and
- Move migration management.
We can arrange for the preparation and submission of plans together with the appropriate forms to the Local Planning and Building Control Authority and we can negotiate with them as necessary during the course of the application and see the matter through to the Authorities decisions.
We cover a broad geographic area which includes Mid Wales, the East Midlands and West Midlands and all the major centres including Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Chester, Telford, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester – though we have taken on larger commissions from further afield. If you are in any doubt just ask and we would be delighted to assist.
Miscellaneous Instructions | Expert Witness
All our expert witness instructions are undertaken by Julian Record, a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Project Manager with over 20 years’ experience in project management and general building consultancy across the public and private sectors.
Wesley House | Construction Project Management & Architectural Design
Record Associates were appointed by Via Property Development Ltd to provide Architectural Design and Construction Project Management services in connection with the conversion of this former Methodist Chapel into 12 apartments extending to approximately 780 sq.m.
Aberclay Finance | Development Monitoring and Due Diligence
Record Associates have been appointed to monitor three housing developments on behalf of the funder, Aberclay Finance. The developments comprise 13 units in North Shropshire, 20 units in Worcestershire and the conversion of 5 listed barns in Oxfordshire
Tim Manson | Director of Operations Marketing Birmingham TESTIMONIALS
I’d like to thank you for all your hard work and commitment facilitating our move to Baskerville House which, given the complicated structuring of the leases and phasing of the works to accommodate the changes to our organisation, was by no means straight forward. Overall we are extremely pleased with the end result, which was achieved at great value for money and with excellent client service.
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