To build a home that uplifts involves thoughtful design and planning. To help you understand the process of what a building project may entail and the services we can offer you, we’ve put together a guide of what to expect at each key stage. This follows the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) plan of works.

Every project is unique, so this process can be scaled up or down, depending on your needs.

RIBA Stage 01

Preparation and brief

Our role
  • Undertake a site visit
  • Client consultation to establish a written brief and strategy for the project
  • Establish the project budget
  • Coordinate a building survey
  • Advise on the project design team
Other potential consultants

The consultants you will generally need during a building project are

  • Building surveyor – to begin a project, your house needs to be surveyed to produce measured drawings
  • Structural engineer
  • Party wall surveyor
  • Approved inspector (building control)
  • Principal designer (health and safety consultant). As your architect, we can undertake this role for a fee
  • Quantity surveyor

As the project develops we can suggest suitable consultants to undertake these roles.

RIBA Stage 02

Concept design

Our role
  • Prepare a preliminary concept design
  • Prepare an outline material palette
  • Client presentation 01: concept design
  • Review of initial design options
Client presentation 01

Following our analysis of the site and client brief, we present our initial design ideas in sketch format.

  • Set of existing drawings to include plans, sections and elevations
  • 2 – 3 sketch plans showing alternative layouts
  • Sketch 3D views of the proposed design, including internal and external views
  • Mood boards
  • Rendered images and models are available on request

RIBA Stage 03

Developed design

Our role
  • Develop design
  • Confirm material palette, including physical samples
  • Client presentation 02: developed design
  • Prepare and submit a planning application (8 – 10 weeks)
  • Coordinate design team
  • Outline cost information can be prepared on request
Client presentation 02

We present the developed design in preparation for the planning application.

  • Set of proposed CAD drawings to include plans, sections and elevations 
  • 3D views of the proposed design, including internal and external views 
  • Developed mood boards
  • Rendered images and models are available on request

RIBA Stage 04

Technical design

Our role
  • Develop the technical design in sufficient detail to enable a contractor to cost the project 
  • Coordinate and integrate the design of other consultants
  • Prepare the drawings to meet building regulations
  • Prepare documents required for tendering purposes
  • Advise on potential contractors 
  • Invite, appraise and report on tenders
  • Prepare the building contract to be signed
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Following the planning outcome, we prepare drawings and schedules for construction. During this process we need two client meetings to confirm project details. This will range from the kitchen design right down to door handle specification.

  • Set of detailed proposed CAD drawings to include plans, sections, elevations, details, and internal room elevations
  • Schedules, to include sanitary ware, lighting, furniture, doors, windows, joinery, and finishes
  • Developed mood boards
  • Physical samples
  • Rendered images and models are available on request

RIBA Stage 05


Our role
  • Visit the site to see that the works are proceeding in accordance with the building contract
  • Deal with site queries
  • Provide the contractor with further construction information as required
  • Administer the contract
  • Ensure you pay only for the works as completed
  • Manage any design variations
Formal and informal meetings

We will undertake site visits to make sure the works are progressing in-line with the contract and programme. This can be weekly or every two weeks, depending on the project size.

The site visits will alternate between informal and formal meetings. We invite you to formal design meetings to make sure you’re kept up-to-date and to review the completed construction works.

RIBA Stage 06

Handover and close out

Our role
  • Make final inspections and advise on resolution of defects
  • Agree final account and issue a final certificate
  • Manage rectification period (typically 12 months)
Next steps

If you’re planning a new project, please get in touch for an initial consultation: hello@​magriwilliams.​co.​uk.