This is based on our experience and relates
to building one-off-Houses. Commercial projects are even much more complex.
We usually are employed by our clients to
provide a full set of architectural services.From our first meeting to the day they move in, to the day of the
retention release, we are there to guide and advise our clients with knowledge
that we have built up over a few decades.Even before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) kicked in on the 25th May 2018 we kept our clients' information confidential.
Information given to us in writing or in
conversations helps us to customise /streamline our service given. We have a very detailed written agreement
outlining our services, broken down into different parts and several stages
each. This is the basis of our relationship.
We try to have a good working relationship
with Contractors. These are the steps we take to reach construction of a dwelling.
The tender package of working drawings,
details and outline specification is usually started after a positive planning
permission decision. We are aware that more information Contractors are given
the better the tender received will be. We believe that it is our
responsibility to ensure contractors have a detailed idea of the dwelling
and work to be costed for. The tender package includes structural engineers’
drawings and a preliminary BER that should be achieved by the specifications we
The tender is sent out to a limited number of
contractors for a set time. The next day of the tender return we go through the
tenders to make sure there no mathematical errors.
The clients are shown all of the tender
documents received and a recommendation is given as to which builder we should consider. We then talk to the contractor to ascertain if the project is fully understood. The successful tenderer is asked to sign a
building agreement with the client. We also remind them of their Project Supervisor Construction
(PSCS) Stage duties.
After the nomination of a Contractor, our
duty is to be the go-between of client and the contractor. We convey
information between them and make sure both are treated fairly.
Form the onset (design stage) we advise our clients
to keep changes to a minimum. Our site visits are in line with progress made on
site.Once the contractor puts in a
payment claim we visit the site to see if progress is in line with the claim
and try to issue a payment cert swiftly, as Banks are quite slow these days with
their stage payments.
Variations or extras to the original
agreement are best called out as they happen to avoid a big surprise at the
At the end of the build the final builders
claim usually is settled with a meeting between the clients, contractor and
A 2.5% retention of the final payment is kept
on completion and released after six months, to cover any eventual items that
With the release of the retention from client
to Contractor our involvements with them both ends, for this project.
This was my first
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September 2015 Building Control (Amendment 2) Regulations S.I.365
SI365 of 2015 as an alternative, in addition to S.I.9 of 2014, came into force.
With the new regulations (SI 365 of 2015) it is possible to Opt out of SI9
When Building a single house or an extension to a house of more than 40 square metres
in area you may opt out of the full S.I.9 process. To avail of this facility
you must sign a form of 'Declaration of Intention to Opt Out of Statutory Certification'.
No need for a 'Design Certifier' and 'Assigned Certifier' needed for SI9 2014.
A Statutory Obligation, irrespective of whether the homeowner decides to comply
with the statutory certification requirements or to follow the alternative
process now provided for in the regulations, they must continue to meet their
obligation under the Building Control Act 1990 to 2014 to ensure that the
design and construction of the building concerned complies with the relevant
requirements of the Building Regulations.
Homeowners should appraise themselves of any potential cost or other
implications that may arise as a result of choosing to opt out of the statutory certification process. Prior to
deciding on whether
or not to avail of the opt out option, it is recommended that a
homeowner should consult with their solicitor.
Winkens Architecture can also advise about procedures.
Here are three specialists, their definitions I found on the internet.
Architect An architect is a person trained and licensed to plan, design, and oversee the construction of buildings.
Engineers a person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or structures.
Building Surveyor Chartered Building Surveyors is a type of Chartered Surveyor involved in all aspects of property and construction, from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions
With the new Building Control (Amended) Regulations S.I.9 2014 the building owner now must choose one of the above professional to become an assigned certifier for their project. I am an architect and as such I love to design spaces to live and work in. More and more red tape and regulations are making my job more difficult. I do not mind responsibility, if it is shared equally. At this stage I am afraid that good design will suffer. Not with me and my clients but in general. As the paper work seems to take centre stage. For me most important is liveability in my dwellings. If getting the paper work right is more important than the building being built then that is a sad state of affairs. There more to a well designed building then filling out the proper forms.
Be warned anybody can still submit a planning application but only one of the professionals mentioned can submit a Commencement notice at the start of build and sign a Certificate of compliance at the end of build. If you already have a assigned certifier in mind look them up: Is your Architect registered? The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)