This part describes Preliminary and Basic Services which an architect will normally provide. These services progress through work stages based on RIBA Plan of Work (RIBA Publications Ltd.)

Work Stages A and B : Inception and feasibility

  • Discuss the client’s requirements; assess these and give advice on how to proceed.
  • Advise on any need for specialist contractors, subcontractors or suppliers.
  • Carry out such preparatory work as may be necessary to determine the feasibility of the client’s requirements.
  • These Preliminary Services are normally charged on a time basis.

Work stages C and D : Outline proposal and scheme design

  • Prepare outline proposal and develop a scheme design; prepare a cost estimate; where applicable give an indication of possible start and completion dates for the building contract.
  • Make where required application for planning permission. (NB The permission itself is beyond the architect’s control and no guarantee that it will be granted can be given.)

Work stage E: Detail design

  • Develop the scheme design; co-ordinate any work of specialist contractors, sub-contractors or suppliers.
  • Carry out cost checks as necessary; advise on the consequences of any subsequent changes on the cost and programme.
  • Make and negotiate where required applications for approvals under building acts, regulations or other statutory requirements.

Work stages F and G : Production information

  • Prepare production information including drawings, schedules and specification of materials and workmanship in sufficient detail to enable a contractor to prepare a tender.

Work Stages H,J,K and L : Tender to completion

  • Invite tenders from approved contractors; advise on tenders submitted. Alternatively arrange for a price to be negotiated with a contractor.
  • Advise on the appointment of the contractor; where required prepare the building contract and arrange for it to be signed by the client and the contractor.
  • Administer the terms of the building contract; visit the site as appropriate to inspect generally the progress and quality of the work; make where required periodic financial reports to the client.
  • Administer the terms of the building contract relating to the completion of the works; give general guidance on maintenance; provide a set of drawings showing the building and the main lines of drainage.

Services C - L are normally charged on a percentage basis.