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Overview

HRI│Munro Architecture seek to make Architecture of the highest quality within the constraints of cost, programme and brief requirements.

We believe in an iterative relationship with our Clients and Co-Consultants, effective concept planning and visualisation and regular cost reporting and updating. The best Architecture comes from good communication and close collaboration.

We have experience in most building types, site master planning, community consultation and involvement through charrettes and other collaborative processes.

  • Certified ISO 9001.
  • RIAS Chartered Practice.
  • ‘A’ Accredited Conservation Architects
  • Registered Framework Consultants.
  • We can provide a “turnkey” or fully Co-Ordinated Design Team approach incorporating all related disciplines to provide a single point of contact for our Clients.

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    Home Improvements

    HRI ARCHITECTS undertake a wide range of smaller scale work, typically projects classed as having construction cost between £15K - £150K; from domestic garages and house extensions to internal alterations, re-planning and maximising space, light and utility of buildings of all kinds.

    Other smaller works that HRI ARCHITECTS undertake include commercial projects (retail, hotel and office alterations or upgrades) and smaller scale industrial developments.

    To enable our clients to budget with confidence, our professional fees are generally quoted on a 'lump sum’ basis at stages identified in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Outline Programme of Work.

    If you are considering a project of this nature or perhaps require initial advice or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us for your FREE initial consultation.

    Service Outline

    FREE initial consultation - to provide advice, define the brief and explain the design, consents and construction process.

    Sketch design - Development of the design through the development of the 'design brief', drawings and meetings with the client, to reach the best possible design solution. Inclusive of drawings prepared for pre-application discussions with local planning authorities.
    (RIBA stage A-C)

    Design development - Prepare drawings, submit and administer an application for planning permission.
    (RIBA stage D)

    Technical design - Prepare detailed drawings, construction details and a specification for the project, to enable an application to be made for Building Warrant consent, inclusive of administration of the warrant application and obtaining the consent.
    (RIBA stage E-F)

    Tender action - Advise on suitable contractors to undertake the work; prepare and issue competitive tender documentation, and provide a report on completion of the process to enable the client to make an informed decision on who and whether to appoint.
    (RIBA stage G-H)

    Mobilisation - Administer the building contract, make periodic inspections of construction work in progress and certify payments to the appointed contractor.
    (RIBA stage J-L)

    Further Info

    Why An Architect?

    Whether you are planning to build a new house, to alter or extend your present home, to employ a builder or just do it yourself, it makes sense to consult an Architect.

    Architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings – they can handle the paperwork, bring value for money, imagination and peace of mind to your project, whilst keeping it on track and on budget.

    Below are brief explanations of the key benefits of why using an architect would be the right decision for you...

    A client centred service
    Architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. Adept at identifying the aspirations and needs of their clients, architects will bring their special skills, knowledge and experience to a project.

    Value for money
    Not only can architects provide value for money, but professional attention to detail will achieve value through the most efficient use of space, and careful selection of materials and finishes. Environmental sensitivity, energy efficiency, low running and maintenance costs can bring extra benefits to your project and long term savings!

    Peace of mind
    Architects can guide you through the complex procedures of planning permission and building regulations and monitor the builder’s programme of works through to completion. RIAS members are obliged to carry professional indemnity insurance, giving you peace of mind.

    Imagination
    An architect can lift your project out of the ordinary and help you achieve your aspirations and vision. They are trained designers who will explore your needs and desires and find inventive and practical ways of enhancing your living environment.

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    The CDM and You

    The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) came into force in April 2015. These define legal duties and responsibilities for all construction projects in the UK.

    The key aim of CDM 2015 is to improve health and safety standards throughout the construction industry, with a greater focus on small and medium sized projects and temporary works.

    The CDM regulations detail what each duty holder must or should do, to comply with the law, to ensure projects are carried out in a way that secures health and safety.

    The law applies to the whole construction process on ALL construction projects; from concept to completion, not just the construction phase of a project. The object is to reduce risk before a project gets to site, and to continue to do so until completion.

    For more information please download our complimentary guide to CDM 2015 by clicking here.

    Further Reading

    The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Official website

    RIAS Guidance - 'Why use a Chartered Architect'

    RIAS guidance - 'Choosing an Architect'

    RIAS guidance - 'The Design Process'

    RIAS guidance - 'The Construction Process'

    RIAS guidance - 'Budgets and Fees'

    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Official website

    RIBA guidance - 'Why use an Architect?'

    RIBA 'Client Hub' - Access to RIBA guidance documents

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