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Services provided by an Architect

Architects services are categorised in work stages by the Royal Institute of Bristish archiects (thereafter RIBA)

RIBA stage A -
Appraisal Carry out studies to determine the feasibility of the Client's requirement Provide information for report on cost implications. This stage is not always required particularly in small domestic projects where the client has perhaps a clearer idea of their requirements for their own home and has say, already purchased the site.

RIBA stage B - strategic brief
Receive strategic brief prepared by the client

RIBA stage C - Outline Proposals
Commence development of Strategic Brief into Project Brief Prepare Outline Proposal Provide an approximation of construction costs or Provide information for cost planning Obtain Client approval to Outline Proposals and approximate construction cost Co-operate with Planning Supervisor where applicable

RIBA stage D - Detailed Proposals (Planning Permission etc)
Complete developments of Project Brief Develop the Detailed Proposal from approved Outline Proposals Prepare a cost estimate or Provide information for preparation of cost estimate Consult statutory authorities Obtain Client approval to the Detailed Proposal showing spatial arrangements, material and appearance, and a cost estimate Prepare and submit application for full planning permission

RIBA stage E - Final Proposals (Building Warrant)
Design Final Proposals from approved Detailed Proposals Revise cost estimate Provide information for revision of cost estimate Consult statutory authorities on developed design proposals Obtain Client approval to type of construction, quality of materials, standard of workmanship and revised cost estimate Advise on consequences of any subsequent changes on cost and programme

RIBA stage F - Production Information

Prepare production information for tender purposes Prepare schedules of rates and/or quantities and/or schedules of works for tendering purposes and revise cost estimate, or Provide information for preparation of tender pricing documents and revision of cost estimate Prepare and make submissions under building acts and/or regulations for other statutory requirements or Prepare and give building notice under building acts and/or regulations (not applicable in Scotland) Prepare further production information for construction purposes

RIBA stage G -Tender documents
Prepare and collate tender documents in sufficient detail to enable a tender or tenders to be obtained Where applicable pass final information to Planning Supervisor for pre-tender Health and Safety Plan Prepare pre-tender costs or Provide information for preparation of pre-tender cost estimate

RIBA stage H -Tender Action
Contribute to appraisal and report on tenders negotiations If instructed revise production information to meet adjustments in the tender sum

RIBA stage J - Mobilisation
Provide production information as requested for the building contract and for construction

RIBA stage K- Construction to Practical Completion
Make visits to the works in connection with the Architect's design Provide further information reasonable required for construction Review design information from contractors or specialists Provide drawings showing the building and main lines of drainage and other information for the Health and Safety File Give general advice on operation and maintenance of the building

RIBA stage L- After Practical Completion
Identify defects and make final inspections Settle Final Account or Provide information required by others for settling final account

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