Benefits of Appointing an Architect

Carrying out any construction work can appear very overwhelming to most people, that’s where appointing an architect can help with the whole process and offer peace of mind.

Whether you are reconfiguring an existing house, proposing to construct an extension or even building a new home, you need to appoint the best team to plan, design and build your project in the most efficient way, so recruiting a good architect should be your first point of call.

Innovative solutions

As a professional, an architect is specifically trained and certified to work on the planning and design of buildings. Drawing on years of experience and training, the architect can provide innovative solutions to the client’s briefs, analysing the clients existing lifestyle and requirements to prepare a design which reflects how the client lives and how they intend to use the space.

Guidance throughout the process

Like any project, it is important to be both realistic and pragmatic, so as a client it is wise to use the professional knowledge and experience of a certified architect. The architect will help you realise the potential of your project, but also successfully guide you through the key steps of the project from the complex planning permission process to helping facilitate contractual agreements between the client and builder.

Flexible service

At Arcline Architecture we provide a flexible service to our clients, enabling the client to appoint us for only the specific services they require. Fees for our services are provided at a fixed price from the project inception so that you will know from the outset the cost of our services; helping you to budget the project.

For instance, if you already have a builder you intend to use for the project, Arcline Architecture can be appointed to only draw up the plans and obtain planning and building regulation consent for you. On the other hand, if you are unsure in managing a project yourself, Arcline Architecture can provide you with tender and project management services to ensure that the build is being constructed on time and to budget while also to a high quality.

Well-designed project

The services Arcline Architecture provides extends far beyond simple drawings and design, once the build has begun, Arcline Architecture can ensure that the builders accurately follow the drawings while also assessing the quality of the builder’s workmanship. Using Arcline Architecture guarantees a well-designed project from its inception to completion and can also help add value to your property, whereas an ill-advised and badly designed project can add unnecessary expense.

Arcline Architecture services include:

  • Meet with you and your family to assist you in developing a clear design brief; based upon your requirements, project aspirations, site, and budget.

  • Develop innovative design solutions in response to the project brief; aiming to reduce costs while also providing a selection of ideas which will add value to the property.
  • Prepare necessary drawings and documents for planning approval and to achieve permission upon the first submission; saving the client money, time and stress.
  • Submit drawings and documentation for Planning Approval and liaise with the local planning authority to provide additional information if necessary.
  • Will prepare the construction drawings and documentation to obtain Building Control approval once planning approval has been obtained.
  • Provide advice on good quality consultants and contractors based on previous working relationships.
  • Assemble the required project team, finding the most suitable consultants and contractors to build the project within the available budget and timescales while also managing the tender stages of the project and value engineering the quotes.
  • Co-ordinate and manage the project team throughout the design and construction stages in accordance with relevant legislation until the project is completed.
  • Review and manage the project timescale, budget, construction process, contractors and any other problems that may arise while on site.
  • Bring added value to your project and maximising your initial investment.

Arcline Architecture has the expertise and knowledge to provide the client with a feasibility study for a variety of different projects.

What are feasibility studies?

The feasibility study investigates and evaluates the potential of the project, among other things set out the history of the site, the financial feasibility of the project, the scope of works involved and the project timings. Various project options are developed and the constraints and opportunities of each project can then be assessed to determine the most suitable project based on the clients developed criteria. Following further discussions with the client, preliminary sketches and designs are prepared for the chosen option together with valuations, budget costings, and approximate timings, etc.

The feasibility study is conducted to meet the clients own personal requirements and can vary from a small feasibility assessment for a house extension to a large and detailed assessment for a master planning scheme.

We will provide the client with a final report which will quantify the prepared information, outlining the work undertaken within the feasibility study and our final conclusions on the selected project.

Arcline Architecture can provide a fixed cost feasibility study based on the client's requirements, size, budget and type of project. Please contact Arcline Architecture to discuss our services or book a project brief.

The Party Wall etc. Act of 1996

The scope of the Act is limited to the following sections:

Section 1

SECTION 1 of the Act applies when the proposed works are to erect a new party wall which has not already been built on. There are two types of party wall:

Party wall type A which is where the party wall stands astride the boundary of land belonging to two or more owners, such as a wall of a building, a wall separating two buildings, or a party fence wall between two separate plots.

Party wall type B is when a party wall stands fully on one owner’s land but is used by two, or more owners. An example of this is when ‘Owner A’ builds a wall to begin with and then ‘Owner B’ has built their building against it without constructing their own wall.

Section 2

SECTION 2 applies when the proposed construction project involves various sorts of works to an existing party structure. This part of the Act is most commonly used to:

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides homeowners with a guide for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavating near adjacent properties

  • repair a party wall, floor or partition that separates buildings or parts of buildings

  • underpin an existing party wall, to prevent settlement

  • raise the height of a party wall, for example adding another storey

  • to extend a party wall downwards, for example to create a basement

  • to cut into a party wall or cut off projections from a party wall, for example when removing a chimney breast

Section 6

SECTION 6 applies to the excavations or the construction of new foundations for a new building within either 3 metres of a neighbouring owners building or structure, or within 6 metres of a neighbouring building or structure, where any part of that work will meet a line drawn at 45 degrees from the bottom of the neighbouring foundations.

Prior to commencing any construction work as described within these sections, the home owner must give adjoining owners notice of these works. The party structure notice, relating to Section 2 must be served at least two months before the commencement date, while notices for Sections 1 and 6 must be served at least one month before the works are due to start.

There is no standard form of notice, although it is advisable to use the notices published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

A guide further explaining how the Party Wall etc. Act may affect someone who either wishes to carry out work covered by the Act or received notification under the Act can be found at the following link: Party Wall etc. Act 1996 - Explanatory Booklet

Under their general terms of service, Arcline Architecture would advise on where the Party Wall Act applies and assist the client with the appointment of a Party Wall surveyor to advise on the next steps.

Arcline Architecture has worked closely with several party wall surveyors within High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Beaconsfield etc. and has a great deal of experience dealing with the Act.

Architectural Drawings by Arcline Architect

Planning permission was obtained for a residential scheme in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire comprising of the erection of a two-storey rear extension, singles storey side extension, and reconfiguration of the existing internal layout of the dwelling. The proposal provides the client with study and new entrance hall on the ground floor and a large master bedroom with ensuite facilities on the first floor.

Learn more about our architectural services.

Architectural Drawings by Arcline Architect
Building notice application or a full plans application building regulation approval can be obtained through either work are approved for the builder to construct from, prior to the works commencing.

A ‘building notice’ relies on the works being approved as they are carried out; this process leaves the client at risk for remedial costs if they are not constructed to the relevant regulations by their builder. Also, without a detailed set of drawings to work from, the construction process is likely to give rise to disputes.
Arcline Architecture would typically recommend a 'full plans'approach as this requires that full details, including drawings and specifications of the proposed building

House Renovations In Buckinghamshire by Arcline Architect

Using your Permitted Development Rights as a homeowner you can carry out certain types of building work, such as extensions, loft conversions and construction of outbuildings without the need to apply for planning permission.

Guides on what works can be performed can be found on the government.

Arcline Architecture would advise on the most suitable option in gaining consent; whether it be through a planning application or the permitted development route.

If your proposed scheme is eligible under your Permitted Development Rights we would always recommend obtaining a Lawful Development Certificate from your local council.

This certificate gives you peace of mind as it confirms that the works carried are lawful under planning control and that they meet the permitted development limitations and conditions.



Do I require planning permission to extend or convert my loft?

House Renovations In Buckinghamshire by Arcline Architect

Your Permitted Development Rights enable you as a homeowner to convert and extend your loft, although what is permitted is subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
  • Roof extensions are to be set back at least 20cm from the original eaves
  • The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.