Standard Services

Standard Services of an

Architectural Professional

The standard services for which the architectural professional is responsible are set out below: The architectural professional can be appointed for a partial or a full service. A typical partial service will entail stages 1 to 4.1 in other words up to and including approved building plans that comply with the National Building Regulations in all respects. A full service will include all stages from 1 to 6 as set out below.

Stage 1: Inception

Receive, appraise and report on the client’s requirements with regard to:

  • the client’s brief
  • the site and rights and constraints
  • budgetary constraints
  • the need for consultants
  • methods of contracting

Stage 2: Concept & Viability

Prepare an initial design and advise on:

  • the intended space provisions and planning relationships
  • proposed materials and intended building services
  • the technical and functional characteristics of the design Check for conformity of the concept with the rights to the use of land. Review the anticipated costs of the project. Review the project.

Stage 3: Design Development

Confirm the scope and complexity. Review the design and consult with local and statutory authorities. Develop the design, construction system, materials and components. Incorporate and co-ordinate all services and the work of consultants. Review the design, costing and programme with the consultants.

Stage 4: Documentation

Stage 4.1: Prepare documentation sufficient for local authority submission:

  • co-ordinate technical documentation with the consultants and complete primary co-ordination
  • prepare specifications for the works An appointment for partial service usually ends here. However, if you are not an experienced developer with vast knowledge of building construction and project management, then it will be advisable to extend the appointment up to and including Stage 6

Stage 4.2: Complete construction documentation and proceed to call for tenders:

  • obtain the client’s authority to prepare documents to procure offers for the execution of the works
  • prepare the contract documentation and arrange for the signing of the building contract.

Stage 5: Construction

Administer the building contract. Give possession of the site to the contractor. Issue contract documentation. Initiate and/or check sub-contract design and documentation as appropriate. Inspect the works for conformity to the contract documentation. Administer and perform the duties and obligations assigned to the principal agent in the JBCC building contract, or fulfil the obligations provided for in other forms of contract Issue the certificate of practical completion Assist the client to obtain the occupation certificate

Stage 6: Close Out

Facilitate the project close-out including the preparation of the necessary documentation to effect completion, handover and operation of the project. After the contractor’s obligations with respect to the building contract are fulfilled, the architectural professional shall issue the certificates related to contract completion. Provide the client with as-built drawings and relevant technical and contractual undertakings by the contractor and sub-contractors.

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