Our services 

Tohill Architects is an ARB registered architectural practice and provides a full range of services necessary for the successful completion of your project.

These services are provided in line with the RIBA 2013 Plan of work, which you can download here and underpin all of our procedures relating to the development of your brief, concept design, preparation and submission of statutory approvals, tendering procedures and contract administration.

Typically we would provide the following services outlined below, but can tailor these to suit your particular requirements and budget :

Stage 0 : Initial Enquiry (Free Consultation)

Initial meeting to discuss the feasibility of your project with no obligation to carry the project any further. Should you decide to proceed we would agree a schedule of services and provide you with a fee proposal for our involvement.

Our fees will depend on the scale of your project and are typically calculated on a percentage basis of the over all build cost. The fee is broken down into stage payments and due at the completion of each work stage.

We use a standard form of appointment to ensure that all services are clearly stated and agreed from the outset of the project.

Stage 1 : Design brief and appointment

Following our appointment we would arrange a further meeting to discuss your particular requirements for the design brief, sustainability aspirations, budget and timescales for completion of your project.

We would carryout a measured survey if it is an existing property and/or advise you on the need for any additional surveys and other professional services.

This is also a good opportunity to discuss our initial ideas for the building.

Stage 2 : Development of design proposals

The brief and site information will go on to inform our ideas for an initial design proposal which is then developed and refined through a collaborative process involving our clients, manufacturers and input from consultants.

Our proposals are presented through hand-made models, 3D CAD models and drawings throughout this stage to ensure our intentions are clearly communicated to you prior to submitting for planning permission.

Stage 3 : Planning application and submission

Following your sign off at design stage, 2D drawings of the scheme will be submitted for planning approval.

We will also arrange to meet with the planning department to hold pre-application meetings if required to ensure that our proposal is in keeping with local planning policy for the area.  The application will be lodged once we are satisfied that all planning criteria has been met.

Stage 4 : Building control & tendering 

The design will continue to develop into a set of technical drawings and detailed specifications, which will be used for tendering purposes and building control approval.

We will submit this information for building control approval to the relevant authorities on your behalf and help guide you through the tendering process.

We can also advise you on the most appropriate form of building contract for your project, offering  you legal reassurance through the duration of the building project.

Stage 5 : Construction to completion of project onsite

As your architect during the construction period we will visit the site regularly and maintain contact with the builder on your behalf.

We will address any design queries that arise onsite and help to ensure that the works are completed in accordance with our drawings and to the quality stipulated in the contract documents.

In our role as contract administrator we will issue interim valuation certificates to the contractor and issue a certificate of practical completion once the building works are deemed to be completed and satisfactory.

Once practical completion has occurred and you are in occupation of the buildings, we will continue to inspect the building and instruct the contractor to return to rectify any defects with the building found during this period.  Following the defects liability period we will issue a certificate of final completion, releasing full payment to the contractor.

Benefits of appointing an architect   

The benefits of appointing an architectural practice are explained by the RIBA for both domestic clients and commercial clients and are summarised as follows;

  • Design of practical, high quality buildings which make the most of site, space and budget whilst adding value to your project
  • Professionalism in the delivery of your project from conception through to completion
  • Coordination with statutory planning authorities in order to obtain the necessary approvals
  • Preparation and submission of building control applications for approval to ensure compliance with building regulations
  • Offer reassurance in having a professional guiding you through the complexities of the building process
  • Give you peace of mind through the implementation of building contracts offering financial safeguards and legal protection in the construction of your building

Useful links

Planning NI

Building Control Guidance

Consumer guides

If you have a project in mind then please contact us at info@tohillarchitects.com, we will be happy to discuss the above in more detail with you at our initial enquiry meeting.