Design Services Overview
We have found in recent years that the number of homeowners carrying out their first residential extensions and building refurbishments is increasing exponentially, and we have much experience in working with inexperienced clients and guiding them along their first Architectural adventure. In addition to this, many of our clients have some experience in the construction industry and can consist of property developers who have more direct instructions and know exactly what they want. At Quatrefoils we will tailor our level of service to suit your requirements and have good knowledge across the construction sector.
As we specialise in all aspects of construction projects from design and specification to contract administration and project management, we can provide quality advice on your project, and can assist you with obtaining the necessary statutory planning and building regulations consents, as well as produce detailed technical drawings for tender and construction. At Quatrefoils we work closely with Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers who are available on request to provide their input as required with each project. For a no obligation consultation, feel free to contact one of our design team.
CAD Design Services
At Quatrefoils Ltd we offer a wide range of Computer Aided Design (CAD) services to provide the highest quality, accurate, cost effective, fast and readily available drawings for all types of building projects.
Whether the project involves an internal refurbishment or remodelling or a any form of extension, new build or other construction project, our Design Team can offer quality service for a competitive fee.
Our team have years of experience in CAD and can also provide 3d modeling to photorealistic visualizations. We offer a flexible service and always ensure to focus our design around our clients’ requirements.
Our primary software packages include:
- AutoDesk AutoCAD
- AutoDesk Revit
- Google Sketchup for 3d Visuals and HD Video Flythrough Animations
Our team are also experienced with other design software packages such as Photoshop.
Some typical projects we provide CAD Design Services For:
- Residential Extensions, including loft conversions, kitchen / rear extensions, two storey extensions, outbuildings / garages.
- New Build Houses
- Domestic Remodelling and Refurbishment
- School Extensions / Refurbishment / Bulge Classrooms / Sports Halls / Playgrounds etc.
- Commercial & Office Fit Out / Remodelling and Refurbishment.
- Extensions & Refurbishment to Blocks of Flats
- Special Needs Adaptations & Wetrooms
Complete Design Service
Whilst we can offer specific services to suit the needs of our client, e.g. just preliminary design services, or just project site supervision, we offer a Complete Design Service in which we aim to take all of the hassle away from our clients and provide a complete professional and quality service in the delivery of their project from inception to completion. We work with both private and public sector clients on projects of varying sizes.
Our complete design service aims to tackle all of the stages throughout a construction project, from initial design, planning and building control applications and also can include building surveying and project services in producing technical specifications for tendering purposes, taking the role of contract administrator in the tender process, and then running the project on site carrying out valuation and issuing certificates for payment, right the way through to completion and agreeing the final account with the contractor.
At Quatrefoils Ltd we follow the RIBA Plan of Work, and we aim to give peace of mind to our clients with them knowing that their construction project is in safe hands and being monitored and run closely from start to finish.
If you would like a competitive no obligation free quote, or simply some free and impartial advice on your project, please contact a member of our friendly team for more information.
Planning and Building Regulations Drawings
We work closely with a number of the Local Authority Planning and Building Control Departments, as well as Private Approved Inspectors. Our team has an excellent understanding of local planning factors and considerations, and strive to keep up to date with the latest updates and changes to the Building Regulations. Our success rate for both planning and building control approvals is exceptionally high.
We are familiar with the planning process and will be able to tell you if your building project will require planning permission, and whether you will be able to take advantage of current planning rules and streamline the planning process such as permitted development. If your project requires planning drawings, we can assist and carry out a measured survey and produce existing and proposed plans and elevation drawings with notes and submit a planning application on your behalf. We will monitor the planning application progress, liaise with the planning case officers and make any necessary amendments to the drawings and application as necessary to give the application the best chance of approval.
In addition to Planning Permission, the other main statutory approval required for almost all building projects is Building Regulations approval.
Building Regulations approval can either be obtained from the Local Authority Building Control Department or through Approved Building Control Inspectors. Quatrefoils Design Team and Building Surveyors have extensive construction knowledge, and can produced detailed technical drawings with construction notes for Building Regulations approval.
We are familiar with the Building Control Approved Documents and are able to submit a detailed Building Regulations application on your behalf and liaise with Building Control in attending to any queries or amendments necessary.
Almost all of our design projects involve some form of refurbishment, whether part of an extension or larger scheme or involve remodeling and improvements to an existing building. Quatrefoils work on refurbishment projects of all sizes for both private residential / commercial clients and public sector clients.
Our surveyors and designers are experienced in specification writing and couple our knowledge of buildings and construction with our design skills to maximise the potential of each property and provide inspiring design solutions. If you are planning a refurbishment project, get in touch with one of our team members to discuss in more detail and hopefully we can provide value to your scheme.
Our design team are very experienced in providing quality Residential and Commercial Lease Plans for our clients. We provide a quality service to property leaseholders as well as associated professionals such as Estate Agencies, Solicitors and Chartered Surveyors alike.
We have an in depth knowledge of the Land Registry requirements when it comes to lease plans, and have an extremely successful pass rate for first time submissions. Should the plans get rejected for any reason, we would carry out the necessary amendments to guarantee the plans are passed to the best of our ability.
We provide a fast efficient service and would normally issue the lease plans to our clients within a week from the date of the survey.
What our services offer:
- Carry out a full measured survey of the property and relevant communal / associated areas as necessary.
- Obtain a Ordnance Survey Plan of the site and relevant areas.
- Produce floor plans using AutoCAD design software for clear and accurate results.
- Prepare the lease plan and issue you both hard copies (generally three colour copies) and an electronic copy by email for your records.
Quatrefoils have vast experience in carrying out measured building surveys of residential, commercial and industrial buildings whether it be for a refurbishment or building project, or for record drawings for the Landlords/Managing Agents or Local Authority.
We also ensure to take detailed site notes, measurements, photographs and record as much data as is necessary for each survey. Drawings will then be drawn up using CAD software and can be issued in either PDF or AutoCAD format.
Special Needs Adaptations
At Quatrefoils we are specialists in disabled adaptations, with decades of experience under our belt in this sector, we have worked on a high number of disabled adaptation projects ranging from level access shower installations and bathroom conversions, to large two storey extensions with complete house remodel to suit the needs of our clients. We work closely with local authorities and housing associations, often via disabled facility grants to manage and handle their adaptation schemes on their behalf and offer a hands on and comprehensive and professional service.
Service can include any of the following;
- Initial meeting with client to determine scope of works
- Meeting / Communications with O.T. as to the requirements
- Measured Survey
- Preliminary Drawing Proposals for Approval
- Planning / Building Regulations / Tender Drawings
- Tender Process and Obtaining Competitive Prices from Contractors
- Tender Analysis and Report
- JCT Contract and Pre-Start Meeting
- Monitor Works on Site & Issue Certification & Payments
- Snagging, Final Account and Completion.
Some typical adaptation projects we have provided services for include;-
- Level Access Shower Installations / Bathroom – Wetroom Conversions.
- Access Ramps and Driveway/Garden Adaptations.
- Through Floor Lift installations.
- Single Storey extensions to comprise ground floor bedroom with wet-room facilities.
- Conversion of existing garage to create bedroom / wet-room.
- Two storey extensions with internal remodelling.
- Specialist Disabled Kitchen installations.
- Stairlift installations and associated remodeling works.
- Complete house remodeling and improvements for accessibility and usage including working with audio/visual experts implementing the latest technology to help the client.
At Quatrefoils our team specialise in School projects and have worked with a number of Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Academies on everything from simple refurbishment projects, internal remodelling projects to add additional classrooms, bulge classroom extensions / sports halls, to larger scale construction projects up to £2million.
Our team members have worked closely with the London Diocesan Board for Schools and Independent Academies in providing both Building Surveying and Design Services for a number of Schools in a number of areas including; Uxbridge, West Drayton, Hillingdon, Ealing, Hounslow, Isleworth, Whitton, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Richmond, Barnet, Willesden, Hayes, Shepherds Bush, Harlesden, Hendon, Hammersmith and More.
Our range of services includes on-going Maintenance and Repair Monitoring and Management, Design and Planning, Contract Administration, and Project Management Services. We take great pride in helping to look after the Schools we work with and have passion in not only helping to maximise the use and performance of their buildings but also getting involved with planning and sculpturing the future of these buildings and enhancing their continued use.
Residential New Builds
Quatrefoils adopt a fresh approach when it comes to New Builds and like to work one on one with the client to ascertain a very detailed design brief in order for us to tailor the design to suit the needs of each client. We often recommend initially appointing us to carry out a feasibility study once the initial brief has been determined which will highlight potential challenges, costs, limitations and considerations.
Our design service for New Builds can be flexible and either involve a complete design service from inception to completion or just take the project to planning / building regulations stage. We work closely with Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers who are often required in New Build Projects. Contact a member of our friendly team for an initial chat about your planned project.
Feasibility Studies and Reports
A feasibility study is a procedure carried out in the early stages of a project, usually once an initial design brief has been determined. The purpose of the study is to ascertain how viable the project is, looking at potential limitations, budget costs, design options and other important factors that should be defined and determined before the project progresses too far.
At Quatrefoils we can assist in undertaking feasibility studies for your project, we will carry out an in depth review of the project, look at design options if necessary, consider if an environmental impact assessment will be required or planning permission, as well as all associated factors and hurdles that form part of the building process for that particular project. Information and results will be presented in a detailed report in order to enable the client to determine whether to proceed with the project or not.