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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Role of an Architect
Architects are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality. They will guide you through the design, planning and construction process whether you are constructing a new building or adapting an existing property.
The title 'Architect' is protected by law so that only those who have undergone rigorous training and are fully qualified can rightly use it.
All Architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and most, including those architects employed with Ellis Hillman Partnership, taking up RIBA membership also.

Why Use an Architect?
Architects are usually involved in every phase of the construction process and are experts not only in design but also project management. Knowing what you want to achieve out of your project is only the start. An Architect can help you navigate the journey of making those initial plans a reality by ensuring the building is well designed and realistic, whilst also streamlining the process and enhancing the value to achieve the best outcome for your investment.

When should I involve an Architect with my Project?
It is best to involve an Architect as soon as you can. Architects can provide creative guidance right from the start of a project which helps to make the best of any available opportunities and avoid potential pitfalls.

What can I expect at our initial meeting?
There is no charge for an initial consultation, it is an opportunity to discuss your requirements, understand your goals and make sure you are choosing the right architect for the job.  We can offer initial ideas and help you understand the process, any other consultants you may require and their likely associated costs (i.e. structural engineer, arborist, etc), and you statutory requirements (i.e. planning permission and building regulation approval).  Following our visit we will send you a document outlining our discussions (your brief), a detailed breakdown of our services and costs and any other information that we think is relevant to your project.

How much will an Architect cost?
There is no 'standard fee' as every project is unique. During the initial consultation, the Architect will discuss your project to allow them to understand the complexity and scope of the job and will then be able to provide you with a written quotation along with the terms of engagement.

Will I need Planning Approval?
As a general guide, you need planning permission for new buildings, major alterations to existing buildings and to change the use buildings or land. 
Some building projects have 'permitted development rights' for example smaller projects that have no impact on neighbours or the environment, however you should however always check with your local Planning Authority or a Chartered Architect.

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