The services and special skills we offer are:

  • Feasibility Studies - these can range from small extensions to larger new build and conservation work
  • Design - new buildings
  • Conservation + Renovation of Historic Buildings  - we are Conservation Registrant accredited under the RIBA scheme 
  • Refurbishment and alterations to existing buildings 
  • Quinquennial inspections of Churches - we are on List B of the Inspecting Architects under the Diocese of Chichester 
  • Principal Designer Services under the CDM Regulations 2015 
  • Access Consultation under Part M

RIBA Plan of work 

The practice aims to assist Clients to create architecture or restore existing architecture which combine the best of the old with the demands of the new.  The following scenario is based on the RIBA Plan of  Work 2013 and provides an insight into the Architectural Design Process


The initial stage is about defining the nature of the project in broad terms. Key work stages include:

  • Core objectives - identify client's Business Case and Strategic Brief
  • Procurement - initial considerations for assembling the project team
  • Programme - establish the Project Programme  
  • Site and budgetary constraints - how these will impinge on the design 
  • Consultants - who should be appointed      
  • Statutory authorities - town planning and building regulations


This stage sets out to develop the project objectives and project outcomes,  sustainability aspirations, and budgetary considerations. Key work stages include:

  • Project brief - develop a working brief based on the above  
  • Schedule of accommodation - to include basic 'shopping list' of requirements 
  • Feasibility studies - studies to consider form + function / site constraints
  • Budgetary constraints - consider cost parameters
  • Consultants - Engineer, Quantity surveyor and Party Wall Surveyor (if needed) 
  • Statutory authorities - issue scheme to LA for initial comment


These stages involve developing the chosen strategy into a design concept.This design concept incorporates outline structural and building services design. Key work stages include:

  • Concept design - structural design, building services, outline specifications
  • Preliminary cost information - introduce QS to project for larger schemes
  • Preparation 2D CAD and 3D 'Sketchup' drawings
  • Preparation of working models - if required
  • Statutory authorities - submit Planning Application


Stage 4 involves preparing working drawings and specification for tendering. Technically speaking, there are aspects of structure, construction, and services to consider. This then informs the architectural design and the process is one from general to particular, so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  Key work stages include:

  • Technical drawings - prepare working drawings and specifications
  • Statutory Authority - apply for Building Regulations
  • Tendering - prepare 'production information' for tender documents 
  • Contract - appraise tenders with QS if involved and draw up contract.
  • Prepare Designer's Risk Assessment
  • CDM - Appointment of CDM Adviser


Stage 5 is the procurement of the project. Waterside Architects prefer to undertake contract administration (CA) as this ensures adherence to the drawings and quality of construction. Key work stages include:

  • Periodic inspections by CA - to include site reports and site meeting notes
  • Contract administration - issuing of Valuations + Architects Instructions 
  • CDM work - input from Principal Designer, CDM Adviser + Principal Contractor
  • Defects List - production of defects inspection list or 'snagging' lists
  • Certification - Extensions of Time (if required)
  • CDM - Issuing of Operations and Maintenance (O+M) File


Stages 6 + 7 involves the post-completion phase of the development. Rectification or Defects periods vary according to the size of the project. These can vary from 3 months for a small project, 6 months for a medium sized project and 12 months for a large project, although there is no hard and fast rule about this, and sometimes a full heating season of one year is required. Key work stages include: 

  • Certification - Practical Completion 
  • Rectification period - 3, 6 or 12 month defects period 
  • Final defects inspection and handing over at Final Certificate

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