Your project will require the input of certain professionals plus other technical contributions. The following is a guide to these.
Please note that your project, as a Domestic Project is divided into four Work Stages. Specific architect actions within each of the four stages are identified within the RIAI Agreement between Client and Architect for the Provision of Architect Services.
Work Stages 1 and 2 Relate to: Appointments, Project Feasibility, Concept and Design-Development Planning Permission
Work Stages 3 and 4 Relate to: Development of Working-Drawings, Ensuring Compliances, Tendering and Contract
Appointment of Contractor, Notifications, Constructions and Completions.
Appointments made at outset between client and architect which continue:
1. Architect (MBDA)
Michael B. Doyle Architects (MBDA) will continue to provide professional guidance, lead and coordinate the project through these next stages. This being a continuation of the services as defined within the RIAI Agreement between Client and Architect for the Provision of Architect Services which was signed at the outset. We thus propose to progress to provide services as defined within Stage 3 and Stage 4 of the agreement. Please also refer to further Client Guidance texts (of which this is one) which are intended to provide additional levels of overview and context. The guidance, as before, includes supplementary informative expansion of aspects and services identified within the RIAI Agreement between Client and Architect for the provision of Architect Services.
2. Health and Safety Coordinator and Project Suprivisor design process (MBDA)
We will also continue to perform PSPD duties through the next stages of the project as defined within the RIAI Agreement between Client and Architect for the Provision of Health and Safety Design Process Coordinator Services signed at the outset.
Additional appointments now required to be made by the client:
3. Assigned Certifier (MBDA)
The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 came into effect on the first day of March 2014. These regulations are designed to improve quality control and accountability in the detail design and construction process. The regulations require building owners undertaking construction projects to appoint an Assigned Certifier. The Assigned Certifier is required to define responsibilities, co-ordinate information and proofs, organise inspections and monitor quality-control of construction work. He/she is also required to interact with a new nationwide Building Control Management System, (BCMS). The BCMS requires construction information relating to the project to be uploaded by the Assigned Certifier for public record. Please refer to the accompanying blank document RIAI Agreement between Building Owner and Architect for Appointment as Assigned Certifier. Page 2 of this Document identifies the Role and Obligations of the Building Owner. In due course, subject to discussion with you and agreement of details, a completed copy of the document may form the basis for formal agreement between us.
4. Project Structural Engineer
Your building is required to be designed in accordance with the requirements of the Building Regulations A through to M. Building Regulations Part A – Structure (2012) is a specialist area. The services of a professionally qualified and indemnity insured Project Structural Engineer (PSE) is thus required. The PSE will provide professional overview, opinion, design, specification, inspection, certification and advice in respect of structural aspects as apply. The Project Engineer is also required to provide information and proofs to the Assigned Certifier (see above) for uploading to the BCMS (see above). The PSE is appointed by the client under terms as may be agreed. 3DA will be pleased to advise you and coordinate appointment of a suitably qualified and experienced Project Structural Engineer.
5. Project Quantity Surveyor
In order to advise, manage, monitor and assist in control of construction and associated costs the services of a Project Quantity Surveyor (PQS) is advisable. The PQS can at an early stage define the likely construction cost of a project. The PQS will assist the matching of designs to client budgets. He/she can also, at a later stage, assist quantification of variations (i.e. amendments, additions or omissions) in the detail or scope of works as may apply. This can be very helpful particularly in controlling the budget and in reaching an equitable agreement between the client and the builder in respect of the final account of the building contract. The Project Quantity Surveyor is appointed by the client under separate terms as may be agreed. 3DA will be pleased to advise you and coordinate appointment of a suitably qualified Project Quantity Surveyor.
6. Building Energy Ratings (BER) Certifier
Building Regulations Part A – Structure (2012) is also a specialist area. It is required that your new building complies with Part L of the Building Regulations and to prove that it will perform to minimum energy-performance standards. Your proposed building’s thermal performance is thus required to be identified. This is done by way of a BER Evaluation. The evaluation gives the BER Rating of your building. An owner must provide a BER Rating to prospective buyers or tenants when a home is offered for sale or rent. A home owner must also obtain a BER before a new home is occupied for the first time regardless of whether it is offered for sale or rent. BER details must also be included in advertisements when a home is offered for sale. An architect cannot provide a BER for his/her own design. Accordingly a BER Certifier must be assigned the task. The BER certifier is appointed independently by the client under separate terms as may be agreed. 3DA will be pleased to advise you and coordinate appointment of a suitably qualified BER Certifier.
7. Project Mechanical and Electrical Consultant
As part of the overall BER analysis of the performance of the building and in compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations the specification and thermal performance of the hot water supply, heating and other systems are required to be identified. This information contributes to the BER Rating. In respect of proving compliance with Building Regulations and to define the BER rating it is necessary to have the heating system specifically calculated and specified by a qualified Mechanical and Electrical Consultant. This minimises the risk of over or under-specification of plumbing and heating systems facilitating optimum capital-cost expenditure plus long term cost savings and benefits by way of more efficient costs in-use. The Project Mechanical and Electrical Consultant is appointed by the client under separate terms as may be agreed. 3DA will be pleased to advise you and coordinate in respect of appointment of a Mechanical Consultant.
8. Party Wall Surveyor
In circumstances where your building works abutt or are close to a neighbouring property there is a potential risk that cracks could result in fabric of the adjoining property, structures, roads, paths, walls or other building elements. This despite putting in place all reasonable precautions and applying appropriate building practices. When building works are being carried out on an attached or adjacent property potentially a neighbour can become unsure as to whether cracks in his property/house were or were not there before the works started. To avoid doubt and dispute in such circumstances it is advisable for properties or structures deemed at risk to have a Condition Survey carried out to identify and record the condition of the building fabric. This survey should occur in advance of the commencement of either demolition or construction works or movement of heavy plant or machinery. The condition survey usually takes the form of a visual inspection and photographic record. The survey/photographic record is issued to the neighbour and a copy held on the project file. As such cracks are most likely to occur as a consequence of structural interventions the survey is usually carried out by an engineer. The cost of the survey is usually paid for by the person carrying out the development. Sometimes an engineer who is not the Project Engineer is contracted solely for this purpose. In the event of remedial works being required to remedy a situation, the cost of carrying out such works falls to the person who is carrying out development. A Party Wall Surveyor is appointed by the client under separate terms as may be agreed. 3DA will be pleased to advise you and coordinate in respect of appointment of a suitably qualified and experienced Party Wall Surveyor