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Architectural Design Service

We offer a full architectural design service from early concept through to the realisation of your project on site. Our staff have a diverse set of skills and experience to be capable of carrying out your project from early visualisations through to construction.

Survey (Stage 1) – For almost all projects we will carry out a full buildings survey ourselves. This helps us to get a really good grip on the existing building, its surroundings, setting, flow and state of repair. From the survey we will produce a 3D model of your existing property.

Concept Design (Stage 2) – We will arrange a meeting with you to discuss your requirements and to develop the brief. From this we always see the benefit in providing you with a number of concept design options for you to consider. Some of these may not be what you had originally envisaged but often they really help to cement what you want to achieve from your project.

Planning (Stage 3) – Having developed a sketch scheme, we will then draw this up three dimensionally. This will give you the option to walk through your design. Once you are happy with the proposal we will prepare all the necessary planning drawings and relevant documentation and submit your application to the appropriate planning authority.

Building Regulations (Stage 4) – We will develop a package of information to submit to the building regulations inspector in order that they can determine that the proposal complies with all current building regulation standards. At this stage it is usually necessary to employ a structural engineer. We work closely with a number of structural engineers and can obtain quotes and information on each to assist you with this decision.

Technical design and Tender (Stage 5) – Providing construction details, scope of works and package of information that will allow your project to be accurately priced by a builder. We work closely with a number of local builders and can assist you with selecting which ones would be best suited to your project.

Contract Administration (Stage 6) – To assist in the management of risk we are able to offer a contract administration role while your project is on site. As contract administrator we will monitor performance to ensure the objectives of the contract are met on time and within the intended budget.

Passivhaus Design

PAAD Architects are proud to offer Passivhaus design services with director Nigel Kitchener being an accredited Passivhaus Designer. Passivhaus design is well known for delivering incredibly energy efficient buildings but is mainly aimed at providing an outstanding environment for the occupant or user. Air quality of the environment is kept to a high standard keeping a constant supply of fresh air removing moisture, pollutants and maintaining the ideal temperature using minimal energy.

Passivhaus is about taking a massive account of care over the detail and construction of the envelope of the building not just the final appearance, and is only possible through a collaborative effort between the design team and contractors to produce a very high quality building. It is something that should be a given but unfortunately is desperately lacking in todays construction industry.

It is very representative of PAAD Architects philosophy of producing environmental architecture of the highest standard that will perform well into the future. Care and attention at an early stage will pay dividends over the lifetime of the building.


Sustainability audit

We offer the assessment of existing properties or schemes to provide recommendations for increasing their sustainability. We provide a holistic approach that looks both at the building itself, as well as working closely to understand exactly what the clients wishes to achieve.

Master planning

We can assist in providing dynamic, long-term planning through the development of a master plan. Master planning is about making the connection between buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments and as such we provide in depth analysis of the existing context that then forms the basis of our recommendations and design proposals.

Working drawing package

We can produce a working drawing and specification package to bring a scheme to reality. Whether it be for a building regulations approval or for construction on site we can fulfil and advise on your requirements.