The work we undertake during RIBA stage 4 is incredibly thorough. We split this stage into 2 parts, the first of which (4A) deals with the production of information up until the project is Tendered.
In order to translate a contemporary design into a building, high quality technical drawings are needed. We produce a detailed package of drawings, schedules and specifications that cover how the building is put together, finished, and fitted-out.
Our thorough approach ensures that even the smallest detail relates to the over-arching concept, creating a more coherent architecture.
During this stage we will have multiple meetings with you to finalise all details and choice of materials and products.
We will meet with consultants to refine and co-ordinate the design, and to ensure that other disciplines are fully integrated.
Before we tender the project to contractors, we ensure that a detailed Technical Design package has been produced. The tender returns will only be as good as the information that we issue. Excellent documents will ensure a more accurate price and significantly less risk during construction.
Depending on the cost sensitivity of the project, we may recommend that the cost plan is updated during Stage 4a so that there will be a solid basis for any negotiation or changes to achieve savings, once the project has been tendered.
CIRCA 6-12 WEEKS
The second part of our Stage 4 deals with the business of tendering (Stage 4B).
Procurement is the means by which the construction of a project is sourced and ‘bought’, i.e. from whom the clients buy construction services. There are many different routes for how the project can be procured, depending on the type of building and client, but we typically recommend Traditional Procurement (ie competitive tendering). To learn more about procurement options, please click here.
The project information is reviewed by chosen contractors, which typically takes 6-8 weeks, and they put forward their cost to build it. There is then a period of analysis, when we will go through the tender returns with you (and preferably a cost consultant); we may arrange meetings with them to talk through any queries, concerns or potential working methods. There may be some negotiation that takes place, with a view to selecting a contractor and signing the contract with them.