Grain Architecture Ltd offers architectural design services following the RIBA stages of work.  We work on a variety of residential, community and public projects including renovations, extensions, garden projects, new build houses, offices, classrooms, housing developments and community master planning.



0: Initial Meeting  - We offer a free 1.5hr initial meeting where we would usually talk about what you want and need from your project, any initial ideas, site restrictions and build costs. We will happily travel up to an hour to you or to the site for this meeting.


1: Preparation & Brief  - A full brief will take into account the client’s vision and aims, the space requirements, a schedule of accommodation, any restrictions or constraints, budget and environmental principles. The brief is written by the client, but Grain Architecture can be employed to help the client.​​


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2: Sketch Scheme  - Initial concept drawings such as sketch plans, elevations or perspectives, which help visualise ideas and establish the design direction you would like your project to take.  At the end of this stage we provide you with a design document suitable for pre-planning application advice. 

£50/hr (min £700)


3: Development & Planning  - At this stage we develop the design, consult with relevant specialists, and put together drawings & documentation appropriate for a planning application. This involves deeper consideration for design, performance & materials, and would typically resolve the design to a 1:50 scale.

% of estimated build cost

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4: Detailed Design & Building Regs  - We will produce a set of detailed construction drawings, and can prepare a Full Plans Building Regulations application as required. We will also liaise with all necessary structural and mechanical engineers on your behalf, as well as any relevant material experts.

% of estimated build cost


5: Construction  - During construction we will make regular site inspections to review progress and ensure the works are in accordance with the building contract and the environmental principles.  We can also offer contract administration. 

% of estimated build cost 

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6: Completion  - On completion of the construction we will make final inspections, issue a completion certificate, a professional consultant's certificate, and offer advice on building use and maintenance.  We feel it's of the upmost importance that the owner / occupant understands their building.

agreed fee


7: Post Occupancy  - We believe it's very important to stay in touch with clients, have meetings from time-to-time and keep track of how they feel about the building. This will ensure that we continue to create spaces that work and buildings that perform as efficiently as they should.