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SERVICES

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    PROFESSIONAL ADVICE ON-DEMAND

    …Expert opinion based on experience about what to do in a particular situation to make all the difference in reaching a good solution or to turn around a problem…

      ARCHITECTURE
      PLANNING
      HERITAGE, CONSERVATION & LISTED BUILDINGS
      BUILDING CONTROL
      CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
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    ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

    …The art, science and profession of creating spaces, designing buildings and structures, derived from and influenced by concepts, theories and style…

      CONCEPT DESIGN & SITING
      VOLUME & MASSING
      ORIENTATION
      EXTERNAL ENVELOPE
      FENESTRATION
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    INTERIOR DESIGN

    …the art of using creative and technical solutions to produce an interior environment through design, decor and furnishings…

      SPACE PLANNING
      MATERIALS & DECORATION
      FURNITURE & FITTINGS
      LIGHTING
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    DRAWINGS FOR STATUTORY APPLICATIONS

    …formal submissions to the Local Authority as required by law in the interests of the individual and society…

      PRE-APPLICATION ENQUIRIES
      PLANNING APPLICATIONS
      LISTED BUILDING APPLICATIONS
      HERITAGE STATEMENTS
      BUILDING CONTROL APPLICATIONS
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    TENDERING & CONSTRUCTION

    …formal process of documentation to obtain prices, negotiate with contractors and administer construction contracts…

      TENDERING PROCESS
      CONTRACT SELECTION
      CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
      SITE INSPECTION
      DEFECTS INSPECTION
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    GET IN TOUCH WITH US, WE USE OUR EXPERTISE TO BRING LIFE TO YOUR PROJECT

    Helen & Steve Hookings
    "Pure Genius"

    We sent Alan a brief and some pictures of what we would like to achieve with a loft lift prior to our meeting as our neighbours have had an overbearing loft conversion and we have lost privacy. By the end of the meeting and restricted by our budget Alan has come up with fabulous design. We had been told by a previous architect that it would be best knocked down and replaced with a new build in other words the easiest most expensive option! Thank you so much and can’t wait for the next stage meeting Alan.

    Matt Tansley
    "Innovative, professional approach"

    We have a 1960's chalet and having spent time and money on a number of architects and design companies, we eventually found Settle and Green. Following some really positive conversations on the phone we decided to appoint them for the initial design phase. Its the best decision we made.

    If you want someone who will genuinely listen to you in terms of what you are trying to achieve, bring an innovative , professional approach and outstanding technical knowledge to back it up then Alan Smith is your man.

    Judy Hussey
    "reflected our vision exactly"

    Alan worked with us on planning a total refurb for our 1950s house. His professionalism, attention to detail and accurate knowledge of the process we needed to follow were hugely valuable. He guided us and produced plans which reflected our vision exactly. Alan was also proactive with the local planning department in addressing issues raised which ultimately resulted in a successful application.

    Caroline & Mindaugas
    'I can't recommend Alan Smith highly enough'

    I can't recommend Alan Smith highly enough.

    Alan provided a prompt, punctual and professional service throughout a very tricky case. He advised us on all the different aspects of planning for an outdoor structure which had been built. He recommended we try to obtain a certificate of lawfulness instead of full planning which we feared could get rejected. Alan drew up plans, submitted photographs and liaised with the Council in a challenging 'planning grey area' case.

    We were thrilled when the Council provided us with the Certificate of Lawfulness. We'd definitely use them again. Thank you so much Alan

    Michael & Irene
    'Throughout the whole process, Alan worked with ourselves and the council to ensure that we were kept informed every step of the way.'

    Living in a listed property we had struggled with planning applications in the past, having initial plans dismissed. We then turned to the services of Alan who came up with ideas that suited us and also satisfied the council and the conservation officer's concerns for extending a listed property.

    Throughout the whole process, Alan worked with ourselves and the council to ensure that we were kept informed every step of the way.

    I am pleased to say that we now have our lovely home that we never thought would be possible after the disappointment of previous rejections. I would highly recommend Alan and will definitely be in touch with him again if we need any assistance in the future.

    Leah & Michael Flack
    'Settle & Green were our first choice in architects due to their expertise with greenbelt and historical buildings. They did not disappoint!'

    Settle & Green were our first choice in architects due to their expertise with greenbelt and historical buildings. They did not disappoint!

    Alan's initial design workshop ensured that all of our requirements (and pie in the sky ideas!) were addressed and considered thoroughly, and he was able to show us the first draft of the extension designs by the end of the day.

    Since then, Alan has researched into the planning history of the building, and strategically put together a strong case for our planning application. The weight of the argument to be allowed to extend onto greenbelt was clearly thought out and sensibly put to the local authority - resulting in it being approved.

    Every step of the process was professionally and seamlessly handled - Settle &Green took all of the stress out of the application. We have already recommended to friends and family as we are so happy with their work.

    WHAT WE DO

    Whether you need Architectural, Planning, Heritage or Building Control advice our initial face to face design consultation meetings allows you to access expert Professional advice on-demand. When you contact us we will ask you to provide further information about your project, this enables us to understand your requirements and agree an allocation of time with you. The design consultation meeting allows us to firm up your brief, provide professional advice, develop the design with you as well as advising on practical considerations such as the statutory Application processes and technical considerations. The meeting includes an outline survey of the key areas of the property and live design time producing scale drawings by hand of existing and proposed concept layouts in your own home. We believe this is an excellent way to quickly develop an agreed concept and for you to access professional advice first hand. We offer a fixed fee based on an agreed time allocation usually lasting 4 hours or 7 hours largely depending on the number of floors we are working on for this initial stage. This provides you with the flexibility to achieve your ambitions, access to services for discrete periods of time offering you excellent value for money.

    Following the consultation, having agreed with you what further services you require we provide fixed price quotations for the chosen services in writing for you to agree and sign off. This means you are always in control of your expenditure.

    As guidance we have simplified the RIBA stages of appointment which explore some of the services that you can access when you are appointing our Practice

     

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    STAGE ONE - BRIEFING AND CONCEPT DESIGN / FEASIBILITY APPRAISALS

    Design consultations for home owner projects are typically 4 or 7 hour time allocations and typically includes meeting at the property, formulating the brief, taking an outline survey and a live design session by hand.

    Feasibility appraisals for larger or more complex projects are typically 16 or 21 hour time allocations which combine site visit with desktop work to analyise and advise on larger or more complex projects.

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    STAGE TWO - Scheme level drawings for Planning stage applications

    This stage involves the development of the design and preparation of drawings using computer aided design in 2D and 3D as required for Planning Level Applications.

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    Stage Three - Technical Design framework for a Full Plans Building Control Application

    We will lead the consultant team and prepare drawings for a Full Plans Building Control Application along with other related technical stage applications that may be required for example Water Authority Consent.

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    Stage Four - Detailed Design, construction detailing and or detailed interior design

    This stage involves the preparation of more detailed information describing the construction and/or interior design of the project depending on the level of information required this may include 2d and 3D drawings and details accompanied by schedules and specifications.

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    Stage five - Tendering and contract administration

    In this stage, we will prepare a list of potential contractors and tender the project for the client.  We can also be appointed as Contract Administrator to run the mechanisms of the construction contract through to completion.

    OUR PROJECTS

    A SMALL SELECTION OF OUR PROJECTS

    WHAT CLIENTS SAY?

    “…you managed to do the impossible and get planning granted thank you ever so much!”


    Ronnie Hollington
     

    “…Alan has come up with a fabulous design. Thank you so much and can’t wait for the next stage…”

    Helen & Steve Hookings
     

    “If you want someone who will genuinely listen to you in terms of what you are trying to achieve, bring an innovative , professional approach and outstanding technical knowledge to back it up then Alan Smith is your man.”

    Matt Tansley

    “…professionalism, attention to detail and accurate knowledge of the process we needed to follow were hugely valuable. We would not hesitate to recommend the services of Settle & Green.”

    Judy Hussey

    “The end result: We achieved full planning consent for everything that we asked for. An outstanding and very cost effective achievement that I do not believe we would have achieved elsewhere.”

    Jenny & Gavin Robertson

    “I can't recommend Alan Smith highly enough. We were thrilled when the Council provided us with the Certificate of Lawfulness. We'd definitely use them again.”

    Caroline & Mindaugas

    “I would highly recommend Alan and will definitely be in touch with him again if we need any assistance in the future.”

    Michael & Irene

    “Alan was able to use his technical knowledge of planning rules and his creativity to deliver all of our requirements. I would strongly recommend the services of Settle & Green.”

    Adam Russell