Architect Faqs

Soul Architects have put together some common frequently asked questions along with some answers that you may find helpful. Please take a look at our architect faqs / frequently asked questions, however if your query hasn’t been answered please fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you…

Are you nice to work with?

Definitely! I do get repeat clients so I guess I must be?

Why do I need an architect?

Not any architect, preferably me! I could bore you with the seven years of studying , the fact we hold professional indemnity insurance or how as chartered architects we provide a client centred service, value for money and excellent design skills.

How are your fees worked out?

Fairly! You can select all or part of our services and our fees will be worked out depending on your requirements. Some projects are best worked out on an hourly rate whilst others require a fixed fee or percentage fee, or we may suggest a combination of all three.

What happens at the initial consultation?

The initial consultation is a time for us to discuss your requirements and to see if you feel we are the right company for your project. At this time we will discuss your ideas and concepts and our experience and capabilities to deliver what you require. During the meeting you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions, or ask for clarification of anything that has been discussed.

How much do you charge for the initial consultation?

We offer a free consultation for all new projects.

Why should we choose you?

As chartered architects we provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings – we are skilled at identifying the aspirations and needs of our clients and we bring our special skills, knowledge and experience to all of our projects. ~See Are you nice to work with? above.

What is involved in the design process?

After the initial consultation we will liaise with you to ensure that you are completely satisfied and we will assess your ideas to develop a client brief. This will include a design concept which will explore the use and layout for the building as well as fixing your budget and construction timescales.

The concept sketches will be used to develop the Detailed Design which will be prepared in CAD.

Will we need any other professionals on our project?

Every project is different and has different requirements and we will advise you of any other consultants that you may require, for example, a structural engineer or ecologist.

Do you know any historic building contractors?

Having worked with old buildings for many years, I have established a framework of historic building contractors and specialist craftsmen capable of delivering results to the exceptionally high standards that I expect.

What happens during the planning/construction phase?

We will guide you through the planning process, prepare the documents needed to make the applications and meet with the relevant planners on your behalf. Once planning approval has been granted we will prepare detailed construction drawings and specification, which will be sent for tender with a number of builders.

We will recommend the contractor appropriate for your project and monitor the construction stage, ensuring that the project is finished on time and within the agreed budget.

What are the stages of work that you follow?

We follow the RIBA plan of work, a copy of which you can download here.

How can I find an architect?

You can find a list of architects on the Architect Registration Board (ARB) which holds the information for every registered architect in the UK or the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). To be listed on these sites you have to be an architect and there is a professional code of conduct that you are expected to follow.

Do you consider the work you do good value for money?

Our range of architectural services provides exceptionally good value for money.

Furthermore, our professional attention to detail will give you added value through the most efficient use of space and careful selection of materials and finishes. Where appropriate we will give consideration to sustainable technologies to reduce energy bills.

I run a hotel; will there be any disruption to my building?

That depends on a number of factors, such as what sort of building work needs to take place and where, but give us a call and we can discuss it further.

I’ve got an old mill would you be interested in the work?

The quirkier the project, the happier we are!

What is the most exciting project that you have worked on?

That’s a difficult one to answer, as I don’t want to offend any past or current clients, I’ll be tactful and say they all have exciting elements!

Do you work for any specific diocese?

We are on the approved list of architects for Bradford, Lincoln, Sheffield, York, Southwell and Nottingham and as well as being on the approved list for Leicester, Carl is currently and architectural adviser for both Leicester and Southwell & Nottingham Diocese Advisory Committees.

Have you ever worked on a cathedral?

I worked for a number of years on Ely Cathedral and have helped a colleague with Ripon Cathedral.

How far would you travel?

How long is a piece of string? For the right project distance isn’t an issue.

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More information and help

If you have a specific question regarding a project, or would like to talk to us or know more about our ecclesiastic or historic building architect services, we would love to hear from you. You can call soul architects directly on 01909 500 710 or alternatively you can complete our Contact Form