It is impossible to deny that architecture forms the backbone of urban life. This is especially true in London, where commercial property has been at the heart of development for centuries and, as a result, the process of creating or transforming a building is well-proven. Even the most radical of projects goes through a familiar series of steps.

At Fresson & Tee, we specialise in guiding clients through architectural design. The journey, from the initial concept to final construction, is structured around several key phases: appointment and agreement on the client brief, sketch drawings, planning application drawings, building regulation drawings, and construction drawings.

Each phase plays a pivotal role in translating a vision into a tangible structure that stands the test of time, functionality and aesthetics. We have outlined each phase of activity for you below.

Appointment and Agree Client Brief

The genesis of any architectural project is rooted in the appointment of an architect and agreement on the client’s brief. This initial stage is crucial as it sets the tone for the project that follows. 

The client’s vision and aspirations must be fully understood before any work commences. There will inevitably be unique challenges to their project which will need to be identified and reflected in the architect’s approach.

This early engagement should feel truly collaborative to ensure that the project’s scope, objectives and constraints are reflected throughout the design process.

Fresson & Tee can act as the architect or the client’s representative during this initial phase of activity. If we’re not designing the project ourselves, we can ensure the process runs smoothly on the client’s behalf.

Sketch Drawings

Following the establishment of a clear and concise brief, the next step is the creation of sketch drawings. This phase is where the creative juices flow, translating ideas into visual representations.

Sketch drawings are exploratory, allowing architects and clients to probe different concepts, layouts, and spatial relationships iteratively until the right solution is found.

These preliminary sketches are not just about aesthetics; they also consider the site’s context, the building’s functionality, and how users will interact with the space. The goal is a final concept that aligns with the client’s vision and the practical realities of the project.

As commercial architects in London, Fresson & Tee use the latest technology to provide or check concept design sketches during project scoping.

Planning Application Drawings

Once a concept is refined and approved through sketch drawings, projects typically move into a more formalised phase with the creation of planning application drawings. 

This stage is critical, especially in the London context, where planning regulations and guidelines shape what is possible and what isn’t.

Planning application drawings are significantly more detailed than concept sketches. They must communicate the proposed design effectively to allow planning authorities to fully understand the implications of the project.

They normally include site plans, floor plans, elevations and sometimes sections. They need to illustrate how the new building will look and fit within its surroundings.

The Fresson & Tee team is adept at navigating the planning landscape. We have a proven track record of success in creating or supervising planning drawings that not only meet the client’s needs but also comply with local planning policies and guidelines. Our services increase the chances of obtaining the necessary approvals for your project.

Building Regulation Drawings

Securing planning permission is a significant milestone, but it’s not the end of the design process. Building Regulation drawings focus on compliance with applicable Building Codes and Standards.

These drawings are required to detail the construction methods, materials and technical specifications. They ultimately ensure the building’s safety, accessibility, energy efficiency and environmental impact within acceptable limits.

In London, where regulations are stringent, Fresson & Tee’s expertise in crafting these detailed drawings helps successfully steer our client projects through regulatory compliance, paving the way for a smooth construction phase.

Construction Drawings

Assuming our clients’ plans are approved by Building Regulations, the final architecture and design step before breaking ground is the delivery of final construction drawings. These are the blueprints for the building, encompassing detailed drawings and specifications that guide suppliers, tradespeople and the construction team on site.

Construction drawings typically include detailed floor plans, sections, elevations and detailed drawings of specific elements such as custom joinery.

They must be precise, as they serve as the legal and technical documents that contractors follow to bring the architectural vision to life.

The Fresson & Tee team have years of experience handling this phase of activity. Our role is normally to ensure that these drawings are comprehensive, clear and coordinated.

We mitigate against potential construction issues and facilitate a smooth transition from design to reality.

Fresson & Tee’s Architectural Services & Design Offering

The journey from an initial idea to a fully realised building is complex and multifaceted. Fresson & Tee has a wealth of experience in the design process involved to share. Our professionals guide clients through each critical stage: from the initial briefing, through the creative exploration of sketch drawings, to the technical rigour of planning, building regulation, and construction drawings.

Each phase builds upon the last meaning continuity is critical. Successful construction projects depend on diligent architecture and design services from their very first inception. In partnering with our team of experienced designers, architects and construction professionals, Fresson & Tee clients can navigate this journey with confidence.


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