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RIBA Stage 0

Strategic Definition 

Wolff Architects offer a client centred approach to every project. We draw up on a vast experience of working collaboratively throughout the RIBA work stages with the highest quality specialists & consultants. During the initial phases of the project, we ensure that a direct, open communication with the client is achieved and maintained whilst we establish the key project requirements. 

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  • Receive clients instructions
  • Advise of statutory requirements
  • Site Specifications obtained
  • Detailed measured survey
  • Report on environmental issues
  • Building Impact Statement
  • Feasibility Study to communicate solutions
RIBA Stage 0
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RIBA Stage 1

Preparation & Brief

Throughout this phase, a transparent & synthesised strategic brief is developed alongside the client team. Engagement with all invested parties is key to ensuring that the project brief encompasses all client aspirations. Wolff Architects will carefully and methodically work closely with the client and relevant stakeholders top ensure that a clear, concise set of briefing documents are developed and signed-off ahead of the commencement of any detailed design work. 

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  • Assembly off all relevant info
  • Client’s principle aims & Objectives
  • Detailed design brief incl layouts of external massing
  • Key targets for costing
  • Timeframe of project
  • Clear functions of parties
  • Completion of surveys, inspections
  • Preliminary enquiries of L.A’s
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RIBA Stage 2

Concept Design

Throughout the Concept Design phase, Wolff Architects work closely with clients through a series of regular design meetings. This allows us to work through initial design proposals as well as advise on any supplementary reports that might be required for the planning phase. It is at this stage that initial cost planning is undertaken with the project Quantity Surveyor as well as the ongoing co-ordination of any consultant inputs such as Structural and Mechanical & Electrical packages required for the planning phase. 

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  • Outline proposals on all aspects
  • Results of Survey on relevant legislation
  • Outline design proposals reflecting design brief
  • Finalised design brief
  • Preparation of Planning Pre-Application packages
  • Initial Design & Access statements
RIBA Stage 2
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RIBA Stage 3

Developed Design

During the Stage 3 phase, Wolff Architects will finalise the fully co-ordinated proposals ahead of a planning submission. It is at this stage that project cost plans are updated and project consultants reviewed ahead of more detailed design packages. Updated structural and M&E packages are integrated into the proposals as well as any further consultant inputs that might be required. We will review the overall project programme to ensure that key milestones are achieved. 

 

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  • Functional Output
  • Final Design sign-off
  • Develop product info for tender
  • Design drawings
  • Contractor design details
RIBA Stage 3
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RIBA Stage 4

Technical Design 

As the project develops, we will develop sustainability & CDM Risk Assessment packages to ensure that as the proposal moves towards the construction stage, key safety requirements are identified and integrated into the proposal. It is also at this stage that building regulation packages are finalised and submitted as well as any other third party submissions requiring consent. It is also throughout this phase that Tender documentation is collated ahead of the more formal tender process. 

 

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  • Finalised Tender Docs for Q.S
  • List of potential contractors
  • Health&Safety File
  • Tender List Approved with clients
  • Advise on contract requirements
RIBA Stage 4
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RIBA Stage 5

Construction 

Throughout the construction phase, Wolff Architects will lead the project team to ensure that a well co-ordinated set of construction information is provided to the proposed contractor. This critical information will likely be updated throughout this phase and it is important that it remains fully co-ordinated at all times. Wolff Architects will work with both the project design team as well as the contractor teams to ensure that any requested information is issued promptly. Throughout this phase, project cost plans, programme and CDM Health & Safety information are reviewed and relayed back to the client. 

 

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  • Coordination with construction
  • Contractor
  • Setting-out information
  • Check contractor complying with statutory requirements
  • Liaise with contract administrator
  • To administer building contract
  • Coordination of all consultant’s comments
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RIBA Stage 6

Handover and Close Out 

During the handover phase, Wolff Architects will liaise with the various members of the design team to ensure that the project has been constructed to the required standards. It is during this phase that key operational and health and safety material is collated and submitted to the client team, post-construction retention periods commence at this time to ensure that all building services and elements are in correct working order.

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  • Inspect works
  • Sign-off inspection list
  • Information to Quantity Surveyor for final account
  • Preparation for handover
RIBA Stage 6
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RIBA Stage 7

In Use

During this phase, post-occupancy evaluations are undertaken to ensure that the entire project process is reviewed in an effort to learn from and influence future schemes. Key building systems are evaluated and checked to ensure that they are working correctly and as designed. Wolff Architects will liaise with the project team to ensure that the building has been delivered in accordance with the initial client briefing documentation. 

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  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation 
  • Post handover review 
RIBA Stage 7