Continuing to answer our most frequently asked questions, today we are discussing 'Why Should I Choose a RIBA Chartered Practice?'
RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) is a professional body that enforces a strict criteria threshold for potential architectural practices to adhere to if they wish to be classed as a RIBA Chartered Practice.
By working with a RIBA Chartered Practice, clients can expect to receive a quality service that meets a recognised set of standards. Clients will also find peace of mind that the RIBA will only endorse and support practices who can demonstrate effective business performance with a commitment to excellence.
RIBA state that all practices must;
- employ a required number of individual RIBA Chartered Architects
- have appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance
- have an effective Quality Management system
- have comprehensive Health and Safety and Environmental policies in place
- are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with a Code of Practice in a manor appropriate to their status. View the full Code of Practice.
They are committed to excellence in design and customer service. That's why the RIBA only promotes accredited Chartered Practices to clients.’
How do I find out if my architect is a genuine RIBA Chartered Practice?
RIBA keeps a directory of all current members (including Richard Andrews Architects) on its website which you can visit at www.architecture.com
There are a few questions that architect practices get asked on a regular basis. So to help our clients become better informed we’ve decided to talk about our most frequently asked questions, starting with the most common; ‘Will my build need planning permission?’
Every project undertaken by ourselves is assessed on an individual basis as to whether or not planning permission is required and it is something we can advise further in our initial consultation, but here’s some information to help gauge whether your project is likely to require planning or not.
What is planning permission and when might you need it?
In simple terms, planning permission is a request (usually to your local planning office) to carry out a specific type of building work. It ideally needs to be granted before any work begins. So whether you are thinking of adding an extension to an existing home, creating a build from scratch or maybe even looking to change the use of your building, you may require planning permission.
However you can also perform certain types of work without the need to apply for planning at all, as these fall under the category of ‘permitted development rights.’
Permitted development rights, derive from a general planning permission issued by the government and can be more restrictive in designated areas of the country – For example, if your project resided in a national park.
(It is important to stress that permitted development rights, differ between commercial, and residential properties. With differences between domestic homes such as houses and apartments again. So it is especially important to seek expert advice prior to starting a build).
Where to find out more?
With so many different factors it can be tricky to know where to start finding out the correct information for your build.
To investigate the particular planning constraints for your project we recommend the following;
Speak to your local planning department - The government have given the main responsibility of planning to local council authorities, if you have a specific question regarding your proposal your local planning dept. should be able to help answer it.
Look online – There are several reliable online resources you can turn to in order to find out more information regarding planning; most notably planningportal.co.uk. Here you can find comprehensive information (including several interactive guides) relating to the planning constraints of properties in Wales (as well as England).
You can also review documents on the Welsh Government’s planning policy by clicking the link below;
Chat with us – You can always utilise our team’s knowledge. As experts in our field and thoroughly up to date with local planning we will happily talk you through your proposal. Call us today on 01633 744144.