For us every project begins with an emotional feeling, an idea, a spark of something special. We gain an understanding of a project by experiencing the environment within which it will be located, seeing views, hearing sounds and soaking up that all-emotional ‘feeling of a place.’

By having an emotional attachment to a project, we are able to inject something special. We take pride in ensuring what we do always adds value. To us, being architects is a lifestyle choice. This means we design with passion, with thought to the future in mind. While we are ever mindful of cost, we believe that great design comes from effort and talent – whatever the budget.

In this section of our website, we hope we are able to give you a feeling for the diversity of our projects, and the creativity we bring. We do not have a signature house style. Every project we work on, we believe, is unique to our client and its environment. Behind each project lie a hundred and one other exciting ideas. If you want to be challenged, to think the unthinkable, to fulfil aspirations, please contact us and let’s explore possibilities.

Ideas, Design, Build

What We Can Do for You

00 Defining your Requirements and Strategy

  • What are you looking to achieve from this development?
  • Site finding and assessment for use
  • Location – OS reference / Google Earth photo
  • Site size & Check Critical Dimensions (OS Map inaccuracies)
  • Site Development Appraisal
  • Site Visit – Photographs, Topo evaluation
  •  Planning policy status / Land-use designation – Conservation area / Listed Building Status
  • Boundary Conditions / Party Wall Assessment
  • Rights of Way
  • Access – Highways – Traffic
  • Other Potential Constraints

01 Brief & Feasibility

  • Develop Project Objectives
  • Quality Objectives
  • Establish Project Outcomes
  • Sustainability Aspirations
  • Project Budget
  • Project Parameters / Constraints
  • Develop Initial Project Brief
  • Undertake Feasibility Studies and propose site layout plans
  • Review of Site Information

02 Project Concepts & Outline Designs

  • Prepare Concept Design (inc outline structural proposals)
  • Building Services systems
  • Outline Specifications
  • Preliminary Cost Information & Guidance
  • Project Strategies related to Design Programme.
  • Brief fine tuning
  • Design Freeze prior to planning advice – Final Project Brief sign off
  • Photomontages & 3D Visualisation production
  • Drone Piloting, Ariel imagery & movies

03 Design Development & Planning Submissions

  • Prepare Developed Design
  • Commissioning the full professional Design Team
  • Coordination of other Design Team members
  • Integration of the Building Services systems
  • Statutory Approvals
  • Outline Specifications
  • ‘Buildability’ assessment
  • Pre App Advice from Local Authority Planning Department
  • Design & Access Statement Production
  • Local Authority Planning Submissions

04 Detailed & Technical Design

  • Planning Condition discharge
  • Project management
  • Cost advice
  • Project procedures & Quality assurance
  • Technical Detailed Design – detailing, schedules, sections, mechanical and electrical, finishes
  • Design Responsibility Matrix
  • Specialist subcontractor design and specifications
  • Design Programme Management
  • Introduction of potential Contractors for tender
  • Start negotiations with Contractors
  • Building Regulations – method and approvals
  • DDA & Access Assessment

05 Starting The Build & Construction Management

  • Project Management / Employer’s Agent
  • Direction of the Professional Design Team
  • Construction / Contractor Management
  • Life Cycle appraisal
  • Instituting change control procedures
  • Paying the contractor

06 Before 'Cutting The Ribbon'

  • Heath and safety advice
  • Handover
  • Defects
  • Completion of facility
  • Snagging Report

07 BIM model management

  • Condition surveys
  • Maintenance plans
  • 6-12 month snagging
  • Life-time management plan
  • Facilities Management advice

Building Information Modelling

We have strategically chosen not to impose the use of particular software packages across the practice, but nurture a culture of selecting the right tools for every project, appropriate to the best interests of the task. Reinforced by an intellectual drive to test ideas and challenge boundaries, physical models to fully integrated BIM models provide means to jump between media as needed.

In the BIM environment we’ve over a decade’s experience of Revit Architecture, ArchiCAD and Microstation. From early single discipline use of models supplemented by 2D drawings, to designing and delivering two half billion pound projects to BIM Level 3 from a combined project office, fully integrated within a large multidisciplinary design team.

For much of our concept and prototype development work for more geometrically complex ideas, Rhino is an invaluable tool for translating nurbs curves to surfaces, meshes and solids for documentation, animation and rendering. Our Rhino users have lectured on the use of the software in Europe and Australasia, and regularly directly contribute to the software’s ongoing development.

For further information on our BIM capabilities please contact David Davies – david.davies@sadlerbrown.co.uk

CGI Visualisation

Our design led visualisation team create 3D stills and animation for a diverse range of schemes from luxury residential and interior projects to large scale master planning.

We create thoughtful illustrations which vary the details, view points,  time of day, seasons and scene content to convey the strengths of each project on its own merits.

We can offer many types of CGI work, often starting at very early feasibility stage design, and our models evolve with the design project. They are expanded and refined over time, through design development, planning submission and beyond into essential high realism marketing material.

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Drone Imagery

Drone-Cams offer a range of professional aerial services from industrial surveying to creative video and photography. We offer highly trained pilots and the industries latest drone & camera technology ensure that you get the best aerial images and video for your development site. All of our pilots are fully CAA qualified so you can relax in knowing that safety is our number one priority.

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On The Drawing Board


On The Drawing Board