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​Using an architect for your development

Building projects are complex and as a consequence carry risk. The best way to manage that risk is to appoint an architect. Architects will champion the vision. They can set up and lead the design team, manage the consultation and planning application process and help select the most appropriate procurement process and the contractor. They will advise not just on how to optimise the construction budget but also on how to minimise the cost of operating the building.

Architects apply impartial and creative thinking whether you are planning a new building, or adapting or expanding an existing property. They are problem solvers, and will offer solutions before and during construction.

They will work to understand your needs and support your strategic decision making. From the earliest stage your architect can assess the site, set out the options, carry out feasibility studies and help you develop your brief. A good architect will work to understand your needs and ensure you maximise your investment.

Architects add value, whether it comes from designing a product that is attractive to the market, changing use, improving functionality, increasing capacity or making a scheme more buildable.

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Choosing a RIBA accredited Chartered Practice will give you peace of mind. They comply with strict criteria covering insurance, health and safety and quality management systems. They range from one-person offices to large, multinational firms operating worldwide - so you'll be able to find the right match.

For more information about working with an architect read our guide.

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