Our Process

At Groundwater Architectural Design we aim to provide a comprehensive and professional architectural service for each client, while being a small local practice allows us to cater to each client’s individual needs. Our design philosophy is to provide a conscientious design meeting with the needs of the end user encompassing their aims and aspirations in a well-designed and energy efficient environment achievable within their budget constraints.

Initial Meeting

After contact we will arrange to meet with you ideally at the location of the proposed development where we will discuss your specific proposals and will outline the various implications and costs and that will be associated with this.

Scheme Design

We will produce initial sketch drawings incorporating your requirements as discussed and possible alternative suggestions, these may be revised several times before we arrive at a final design that is satisfactory


Dependent on the scale and nature of the proposals this may take place either during the first meeting or at a more convenient time. This is required to establish the existing site constraints and any issues which may effect the design or construction of the proposals

Planning Consent

Note that under current planning legislation some projects are deemed as permitted development and do not require Planning Permission and we will advise if this is the case.

If the project could be contentious or is a large scale development, we would approach the Planners to discuss any issues before hand and incorporate them in the design.

We will prepare formal drawings in order to submit to the local authority for Planning Permission. On your behalf We would make the application and enter into any discussions with them until such time as they are satisfied with the proposals and grant the permission.

If there are no issues this process should take no longer than 6 – 8 weeks

Building Warrant

Once planning permission is granted or before if timescale is an issue, we would prepare detailed drawings and specifications for a Building Warrant submission to be made on your behalf. At this time, you would also need to employ the services of a Structural Engineer to check and certify the proposals, which we can arrange for you. We would then deal with the local authority Building Control and make any alterations to the scheme they require until the Building Warrant is approved.

It is anticipated that this would take from 4 – 12 weeks depending on the complexity of the proposals.

These drawings would allow a building contractor or quantity surveyor if employed, to give provide an accurate costs of the project.

Construction Drawings

These are a development of the building warrant drawings, and would provide any site specific design, specifications or complex details

Tender Process

On your behalf we can obtain quotations from selected building contractors and deal directly with them on your behalf.

We would always recommend getting at least three prices in order to make a fair cost comparison

On Site

Once the building work begins we attend to any issues that the contractor has and also make regular site inspections and report to you in writing regarding issues of progress and quality. Also if required we would certify any requests from the builder for payment.


On satisfactory completion of the building work we will contact the Building Inspector to arrange a site visit in order to enable them to issue their Certificate of Completion.

After the agreed defects period we would make a final inspection and if any faults are found arrange for the contractor to return to site to rectify them

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