Based on the architectural brief developed from the discussions and site analysis in Stage 1, as well as your budget, an initial concept design will be prepared. This will show the intended space provisions based on the accommodation requirements, as well as the planning relationships and proposed layout based on the requirements and contextual issues stemming from the site such as views, orientation and access. It will also show the proposed intended concept and form of the buildings.
These will be communicated via schematic layouts indicating the planning relationships, formulated into more formal ‘sketch’ floor plans, as well as basic 3d perspectives to illustrate the proposed form, look and feel of the buildings.
After your review and comments on this the initial concept, the design will be further developed to show the proposed materials as well as the technical and functional characteristics of the design. These will include sections through the building, more detailed dimensioned sketch plans illustrating window and door positions and proposed furniture layouts, as well as elevations of the building. At this stage services affecting or affected by the design will also be incorporated into the planning. This would include items such as solar panels, heat pumps, photovoltaic’s etc. As the sketch plans form the basis of the entire project, this may be a back-and-forth process until all parties involved are entirely satisfied with the outcome.
The sketch plans will at this stage be reviewed against the proposed budget and suggestions made to reduce the scope of work (or adjust the budget) if required to bring back within budget, as well as reviewed for conformity with rights of use and building restrictions (height restriction, building lines etc.) of the site.
You will be advised if any consultants are required at this stage. For larger projects where a Quantity Surveyor is being appointed to oversee the financial management and cost control of the project, they would be brought on board during the sketch plan stage to provide the initial cost estimates.