Alchemilla Architects has experience with many different building types. From high-end residential, self-build houses, developer housing and extensions to village halls, offices, shops, hotels, restaurants and holiday lets. But if you have something completely different in mind, please give us a call. Whether you are after a “Grand Design” or just your very own special little building, we would love to hear from you.
ENERGY EFFICIENT REFURBISHMENT
Designing new buildings is only a very small part of what we do. As achieving a reasonable level of energy efficiency is part of each project, we can provide advice whether you would like to convert your “energy-guzzling” 1960s bungalow into a beautifully efficient home or whether you need to minimise your business’ energy bills. Perhaps you are considering a wood-chip boiler or solar panels? Are these the right measures for your home or your business or even your village hall? As architects we take a more holistic view, ensuring you make the right investment.
Our Principal, Wiebke Rietz, is a certified Passivhaus Designer, please see our “What is Passivhaus?” page for more detail. BUILDING SURVEYS Whether you are extending, altering or refurbishing, an accurate measured survey forms the basis of any building work. Without it proposals can only be approximate, potentially leading to costly alterations at a later stage. Alchemilla Architects carry out building surveys as part of an integrated design solution.
Initial brief taking and the first concept design is all about determining your needs, ideas and expectations for your building. Sometimes you might be very clear what your requirements are, sometimes it will take several attempts, but designing a building is always an iterative process and it is very important to get the basics right.
PLANNING, LISTED BUILDING CONSENT AND CONSERVATION AREA APPLICATIONS
Achieving the necessary consents to build, alter or extend is getting ever more complex. Alchemilla Architects not only provide advice and guidance but will take the project through the whole process. Often other specialists have to be consulted such as wildlife and landscaping experts, archaeologists, noise consultants or structural engineers. We also work with a Planning Consultant who can help with particularly difficult applications.
BUILDING REGULATIONS APPLICATIONS AND WORKING DRAWINGS
Working drawings are a detailed and accurate description of how to construct your building. Without them your builder cannot price the works and even if the contractor does give you an estimate you have no come-back if works are not carried out as you wanted them. We prepare working drawings for the building regulations application which are detailed enough to price and build from and give you the reassurance that potential issues have been thought through before works start.
CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION AND SITE INSPECTIONS
We don’t like to leave you alone with a construction site, so are happy to write a specification, help with the selection of a contractor and then make regular site visits, approve payments and keep a watchful eye over proceedings. This keeps the contractor on the straight and narrow thereby preventing problems on site and after completion. Working with a JCT Contract ensures that you never pay more than for the works which have been carried out and it keeps payments frequent thereby providing regular cash-flow to the contractor.
Insurances and Certification
As chartered architects we are required by law to hold professional indemnity insurance for your protection. Alchemilla Architects Ltd is also a Royal Institute of British Architects “Chartered Practice”, which means we adhere to strict monitoring and quality control standards over and above non-chartered practices, thereby providing the “gold”-standard in architectural services.