Finding the Right Surrey Architect for your Next Development

Finding the right architectural consultancy can make all the difference when it comes to getting your development designed, approved and built efficiently and profitably.

It can be difficult to know who to trust and what to look for in a consultancy, so we will explore the various ways Surrey Architects, such as FORM Design Group, can assist property developers in maximising profits and achieving net-zero, sustainable developments.

We will also provide tips on how to find the best Architect in Surrey for your needs.

Understanding the Role of an Architect in Surrey

Before detailing how a Surrey-based Architect can help you, let’s explain what we do.

Architectural consultancies such as ours, provide expertise and support to property developers throughout the development process, from initial design concepts to project completion. We help to bridge the gap between your vision and the practical realities of construction and dealing with planning and building regulations.

As an Architect consultancy, we can offer a range of services including:

Feasibility Studies: We will assess the viability of your proposed project and provide recommendations on how to proceed.

Design and Planning: We will work with you to design a project that meets your needs, while also ensuring compliance with planning and building regulations.

Project Management: We will oversee the construction process acting on your behalf and seeking to ensure that it runs smoothly and is completed on time and within budget.

Sustainability and Net-Zero Design: We will advise on incorporating sustainable design principles into your development, such as passive solar heating and cooling, renewable energy systems, and water-saving measures.

Building Information Modelling (BIM): We can also create 3D models of your project, to help us visualise the development and identify any potential issues before construction begins.

In addition to these services, we also offer Planning Consultancy and Civil and Structural Engineering advice and services.  This combination helps property developers maximise profits and achieve sustainable developments.

We help to bridge the gap between your vision and the practical realities of construction and planning regulations.

Mike Chidzey BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Maximising Profits

Property developers like you are in the business of making money, and architectural consultancies play a key role in maximising profits. Here’s how:

Cost Reduction: We’ll help you identify cost-saving measures in the design and construction process, for instance, using off-site construction methods or reducing material waste.

Market Analysis: We’ll examine current market trends and demand, helping you design developments that will appeal to buyers and maximise profits.

Value Engineering: We will evaluate the design of a development to identify areas where costs can be reduced without compromising on quality. This can result in significant savings for developers.

Risk Management: We will also identify potential risks and mitigate them, reducing the likelihood of costly delays or disputes.

Achieving Sustainable Developments

With the increasing focus on sustainability and net-zero design, architectural consultancies like FORM can help ensure that your development is environmentally friendly and socially responsible. Here’s how:

Passive Design: We’ll advise on the use of passive design principles, such as orienting buildings where possible to maximise solar gain and minimise heat loss, which can reduce the need for artificial heating and cooling.

Renewable Energy Systems: We’ll advise on the incorporation of renewable energy systems, such as solar panels and wind turbines, which can reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and lower energy costs.

Water-Saving Measures: We’ll advise on the use of water-saving measures, such as rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling, which can reduce the strain on natural water resources.

Sustainable Materials: We’ll advise on the use of sustainable materials, such as recycled or low-emission building materials, which can reduce the environmental impact of a development.

Architecture | The Laurels Beare GreenCASE STUDY

Working for residential developer Rushmon Homes, we gained planning permission for ten residential family homes on the site of an old hotel in Beare Green, deep in the heart of the Surrey countryside.

We also produced the designs for the new development of high-end two, three and four-bedroom houses.

Read all about it here…

Finding the Best Architect for Your Surrey Development

Now that we’ve explained the many benefits of working with an architectural consultancy like ours, let’s look at how to find the best one for your needs. Here are some tips:

Research: By researching online and asking colleagues and associates in-person for recommendations, you’ll be able to find their websites and browse recent projects they have worked on.  Check out reviews and any testimonials from previous clients to see what they highlight.

Credentials: Check that the consultancy has the necessary credentials, such as accreditation from relevant professional bodies, and that their team has the required qualifications and experience.  Many architecture consultancies don’t actually have a RIBA or ARB accredited Chartered Architect on the team.

Communication: It is important to have open and clear communication with the consultancy throughout the development process. Make sure that they are responsive and have good communication skills.

Compatibility: The consultancy should have a good understanding of your vision and goals for the development. Make sure that you feel comfortable working with them and that they are aligned with your values and priorities.  Architectural consultancies with experience in residential developments may not necessarily have the expertise required to handle other types of property development projects, for instance commercial, retail, leisure.

Budget: Finally, consider the consultancy’s fees and whether they fit within your budget. It is important to have a clear understanding of fees and any additional costs that may be involved from the outset and the consultancy you choose to work with should have a transparent fee framework so there are no surprises down the line.

Finding the right architect can be a game-changer for property developers in Surrey, reducing stress and increasing profit margins.

Consultancies like ours will provide you with expertise and support throughout the development process, helping you design sustainable properties that can achieve planning permission and provide desirable places to live and work in.

If you would like to discuss whether we are the best fit for your next project, please do get in touch.