Why use an RIBA chartered Architect then?

As an RIBA Chartered Practice, we can help you realise your ambitions and guide you through the design and construction process. Architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings – they can handle the paperwork, bring value for money, imagination and peace of mind to your project, whilst keeping it on track and on budget. Also…. -Architects are professional problem-solvers and great value for money. -Their experience and insight can help stretch what can be achieved within your budget and add value to your project. -They can suggest new ways of utilising space and light, enrich the palette of materials, finishes or fittings, find a builder at the right price, and propose deign solutions that will reduce your overall running costs whilst maximising the energy efficiency of your home. – At a fraction of the cost of your project, an architect’s fees will prove a sound investment. -Imagination! An architect can lift your project out of the ordinary and help you achieve your aspirations and vision. They are trained designers who will explore your needs and desires and find inventive and practical ways of enhancing your living...

what is architect in the house? let us explain….

Get home improvement inspiration Sign up for a free consultation with an RIBA chartered architect in exchange for a donation to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity……… Architect in the House is an innovative scheme run by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The RIBA match homeowners with a local RIBA, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) or Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) chartered architect who has donated an hour of their time for a design consultation. In exchange, the homeowner can make a suggested donation of £40 to Shelter. In 2012, Rockwool is the title sponsor of this scheme. We have over the years contributed to this great charity, and you too can do you bit by having a chat with us, and make a small donation to help the homeless at the same time! click here for more...

Consultation launched for simple, greener Building Regulations-Have your say!

Environment Minister, John Griffiths, has today (31 July) launched a consultation for simplifying and revising Building Regulation standards for new and existing domestic and non domestic buildings. This follows the Programme for Government commitment to develop changes to Building Regulations for new dwellings, working towards a 55% improvement in energy efficiency performance by 2013. Building Regulations influence emission reductions in new buildings and existing buildings in Wales.  Improved standards increase the energy efficiency of buildings and so reduce energy demand and energy bills for consumers. Higher standards will stimulate green job opportunities in Wales. As well as a direct benefit to suppliers and installers, new standards will provide opportunities for Welsh companies and encourage the development of skills and training. Speaking about the consultation the Minster said: “We want to improve the energy performance of buildings in Wales. Raising standards through Building Regulations will help us move towards zero carbon new buildings helping to support our commitment to reduce emissions in the built environment. Our proposals set out in this consultation are a significant step towards that objective. In developing our proposals we have been mindful of the economic situation faced by the housebuilding and construction industry, I believe the proposals reflect a balance between the need to pursue longer term objectives whilst allowing time for recovery. I encourage construction firms, those working in the industry and the industry’s representative bodies to respond to the consultation.” The consultation outlines proposed changes to Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power) of the Building Regulations as well as a package of mitigating options which include the withdrawal of the Code for...

Top things to think about when developing a property

Do you fancy yourself as a property developer? If you would love nothing more than to rise to the challenge of converting an existing building, there is a lot to think about to be sure you will succeed in your ambition – far more than simply when to hire the builders. However, by ensuring you carefully research your project, it could be a profitable move that pays off both financially and emotionally. For a few tips on getting started, read our guide. read...