Trimble Architects

RIBA Architectural Services

Phone Number: 02085389303

Mobile Number: 07785711635

Frequently ASked questions

Unless you work in the construction industry, it's unlikely that you will deal with architects on a regular basis, therefore it's inevitable that you will have some questions about architectural services or the construction process. From designing to planning to actual construction, Trimble Architects have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we've come across over the years, which should hopefully help with your query. If you don't see your question below, or would like more information, simply get in touch via 02085389303 or use our email contact form and we will respond as soon as we can.

Most building work needs planning permission; for example: garage and loft conversions, bathrooms, kitchen rewiring, and new staircases. If you live in a listed building or plan to build in a conservation area, you need to take even more care when planning permission. This is definitely the case if you plan to build something brand new from scratch or change your property significantly. 

Due to recent rule changes, you can now build an extension of up to six metres without having to get planning permission from your Local Authorities. A few rules depend on the type of your property; for example, for detached houses, you can build extensions of up to 8 metres without planning permission. Also, as long as the extension is no more than half the land area around the original house, you can build without planning permission. 

Risk assessments are essential to ensure you have covered all the possible hazards in the workplace. This also makes sure that you cover all the necessary health and safety points of your business. These checklists will help you identify all the potential hazards, identify who would be at risk, and what would happen as a result. You can also check for all the control measures to improve your documented information. 

Step 1- Identify the Hazards
It is so important that you identify all the hazards that could cause harm to people or damage to other surrounding buildings. You must ensure you have thought about all of the following when doing your risk assessments:
-Physical Hazards
-Chemical and Biological Hazards
-Psychological Hazards
-Ergonomic Hazards
-Electrical Hazards
-Mechanical Hazards

Step 2- Identify People Who Might be Harmed and How they Might be Harmed
Hazards can cause harm to employers, employees, members of the public, customers and contractors. When identifying all the hazards, you must also consider the people that the hazards could harm. Some workers also have particular requirements which you need to take into account, including:
-Lone Workers
-Homeworkers
-People with Disabilities
-Temporary Workers
-Contractors
-Migrant Workers
-New and Young Workers

Step 3- Evaluate the Risks and Decide on Appropriate, Proportionate Controls
It would help if you thought of how likely each hazard is to happen and rate it; low risk, medium risk or high risk. Can you reduce the risk by changing anything in your plan? However, it is important to know that there will always be some risks that you can't prevent, no matter what you change. 

Step 4- Record your Findings and Implement
-You should ensure that your risk assessment presents the following:
-A proper and thorough check
-You identified all people that could be affected
-You dealt with the more obvious and higher risks
-You ensured that all your employees were involved in the risk assessment process.

Step 5- Review the Assessment and Update Where Necessary
You should ensure that you review the assessment to check it over and also add any additional risks or take away any risks that you have solved as and when necessary. Your risk assessment must be consistently up to date.

A chartered architect should write risk assessments for construction sites. They must have expert knowledge and experience in the construction industry, and they also must be qualified to do the risk assessment. It is important to involve employees in the risk assessment process to be aware of all the hazards. 

The job of an architectural firm will depend on their specific company and what they are trained and qualified in. It usually varies whether the architectural firm is based in a small town or a large city. 

If an architect is RIBA chartered, it means they are professionally trained and qualified. They are there to guide you through your entire construction process, including the planning, construction work, designing and more. 

When hiring a local architect, it is so important to choose the right one for you. For example, you need to ensure that the architect is reliable and trustworthy. You can do this by checking their reviews online, and you can also check if they are RIBA chartered, as this will mean they have been highly trained and qualified. 

Generic Modifications
Eliminating steps near the entry
First-floor bathroom and bedroom
Wider doorways and hallways
Retrofit the bathroom
Adequate lighting
Identify all obstacles
Bathroom Modifications
Walk-in showers
Grab bars
Lowered sinks and countertops
Widening floor space and doorways
Kitchen Modifications
Lowered countertops and cabinets
Touch-sensitive faucets
Entrances and Stairway Modifications
Wheelchair ramp
Stairlift
Mobility modifications for your front and back garden
Remodelling services

Here is a list of the top ten safety risks in construction:
-Working at height
-Moving objects
-Slips, trips and falls
-Noise
-Hand-arm vibration syndrome
-Material and manual handling
-Collapsing trenches
-Asbestos
-Electricity
-Airborne fibres and materials

A project manager will basically take care of the entire construction project. Their main aim is to ensure the project runs as smoothly as possible and just the way you wanted it. Here is a list of jobs that project managers cover:
-Ensure the builders and construction workers stick to a specific schedule
-No unnecessary costs
-Ensuring everything runs smoothly
-Choosing which workers perform which tasks
-Monitor the entire project
-Liaise with professionals 

Phase 1- Initiation
Assess the conception of work proposed
Do checks to ensure the job is work doing
Make notes for different methods that the team can use
Consider the goals of the project
Produce a PID (Project Initiation Document)

Phase 2- Planning
Assess the scale of the project
Develop clear and professional communication
Evaluating resources
Each planning stage should conform to the following acronyms; SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely, and CLEAR: Collaborative, Limited in scope, Emotional, Appreciable and Refinable.
Find out any specific timescales.
Create a budget for the materials, labour and any other expenses

Phase 3- Implementation
This is where the plan is put into action:
The project manager will ensure the work goes according to schedule and the cost stays within the budget.
The project manager will note any deviations that occur during the process, and they will make solutions. Any parts of the process that could cause problems in the future are identified.
The project managers will conduct regular meetings to track the progress

Phase 4- Performance and Monitoring
Assessment and controls of the work performance
Evaluate and maintain the schedule and timescales
KPIs will be implemented, including effort and cost tracking
Delays will be tracked and sorted

Phase 5- Closing
Deliver the initial goals of the project
Any weaknesses will be identified and rectified
The teams will provide Written notices for any necessary entities
The teams will do assessments and analysis

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