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project stages

Choosing your architect

It is worthwhile to meet a number of registered architects (check the online RIAI database) to discuss your project to get an idea of the range of services provided and to see if a good working relationship with the Architect is possible. Ask for previous Client references and similar project types so a decision on which Architect is best for your project can be made.


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  •   A project plan indicating roles, timescales, services, outcomes, communication, budget, fee's will be prepared by the Architect for client approval. This will be updated at each stage to ensure the project quality is maintained.
  •   Site examinations, outline sketch designs are prepared to further refine the client requirements.
  •   Site surveys and measured drawings are prepared by an Architect or surveyor depending on the project.
  •   Develop the Client brief for the project.
  •   Initial advice on project costs and timescales are provided.
  •   Advise on the need for specialist consultants or services.
  •   Advise on planning requirements, building regulations, H&S regulations.


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  •   Designs are developed in further detail, proposed services, sustainability, construction and materials are discussed with client.
  •   Specialist consultants are appointed to the design team by the client.
  •   Dwelling Energy Assessment Plans are prepared to review energy consumption and any implications.
  •   Prepare and discuss with clients the developed design drawings and review project costs and timescales.
  •   Planning Permission if required is prepared and lodged. A normal application takes 12 weeks before a final grant from a Planning Authority is issued. (Appeals or further information requests will add to this timescale)
  •   The project plan is updated and agreed with the client.
Stage 2 requires Client approval before planning documents are submitted.


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The success of every project is linked to the correct time taken in Stage 3 by the Client and the Architect. We always recommend a comprehensive set of drawings and designs so the Client is fully aware of the smallest detail in their project before it starts on site. This saves valuable time and money for the Client when the Contractor has a full set of instructions while preparing costs for the project.

  •   A detailed package of drawings and specifications are prepared by the design team members.
  •   Visit showrooms, arrange samples for Client approval, prepare detailed interior design drawings, furniture layouts and advice on landscaping if required..
  •   Prepare a list of Contractors for tendering or negotiations, review references or visit previous projects by the proposed Contractors with the client.
  •   Prepare full technical and quality specifications.
  •   Prepare furniture plans, interior design plans as required.
  •   Advise on building contracts and insurances to the client.
  •   Prepare and issue all documents for invited competitive tenders to proposed contractors.
  •   The project plan is updated and agreed with the client.

Stage 3 requires Client approval before tenders are released


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  •   Prepare reports tenders received from contractors and advise client.
  •   Prepare contract documents for contractor and client to sign.
  •   Manage and report on site meetings at agreed intervals during the project to the client.
  •   Review contractors progress with construction programme and report to client.
  •   Review contractors requests for payment and issue recommendations to client (Contractors are normally paid monthly during the construction)
  •   Inspect the works on site at regular intervals to ensure work accords with contract documents.
  •   Inspect the works on completion and advise on any defects or works required to be made good.
  •   Value the final account and report to client. (normally a percentage of 2.5% of the total construction cost is held for 12 months after completion)
  •   Issue Certificates of Compliance with Building and Planning Regulations

Stage 4 completes the project

Architectural Fee's:

The professional fee's charged by an Architect are normally calculated as a percentage of the construction costs (standard services). An initial fee estimate is prepared based on the Client's budget / project complexity or outline costs/sketches prepared by the Architect.

A fixed fee for the duration of the project may also be agreed between the Client and Architect. Payment of the architects fee's are due upon approval of the various stages by the Client. Standard domestic work has four stages as outlined above.

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Fabrica Architects Ltd.
Holfeld House, 2 - 4 Merville Road, Stillorgan,
Co.Dublin, Ireland, A94 E3F8

Company No: 529037 | Vat No: IE 3275485TH


Tel. +353-1-5168480

Members of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland

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