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Architectural Services in London: How to Make use of Available

London is a metropolitan city whose pool of architectural talent and skills never runs dry. When it comes to the number of design-build companies offering architectural services, the city has more than enough. Consider yourself lucky if you live in this beautiful town because the chances are that an architect could not be far from you. With plenty of choices as far as architecture are concerned, it can be a tall order to find and hire the right architect or designer for your building project.

Fortunately, there are plenty of guides, which can steer you in the right direction. We at Hanzo Design are always ready to offer you consultations and to assist you with surveying, oversight and planning.

We are recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Our architects are also chartered members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Needlessly, if looking for an architect, then you can find us on these websites. Otherwise, feel free to contact us.


If you intend to add a single-or double-storey extension or do any building project that requires planning permission, you are more likely to need an architect. Furthermore, you may require an architect with surveying background if you intend to convert the purpose of your property or land.

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Above: A building plan

Besides, you cannot do without an architect if you think of building a new house from scratch.

While do-it-yourself approaches may come out cheaply compared to hiring a professional, they carry a lot of potential hazards and issues, which may prove costlier. Besides, no-one can visualise your dreams and style better than architect or designer. You need them for this essential service.

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Above: Architectural computer-aided design (CAD) drawing

Hence, hiring an architect designer with project management background should feature top of your priority list.

Why use Architectural Services?

Architects are not simply designers; they are dreamers, planners, consultants, project managers and surveyors. They have a unique ability to visualise space and mass in ways you cannot imagine. In circumstances where opportunities for the use of space appear non-existent, an architect sees endless possibilities.

Also, architects can accurately capture your style, materialising them on rough and detailed sketches and eventually on detailed architectural drawings and models. So, architecture is an indispensable part of the construction.

Contrary to what you might think, architectural drawings do not cost much. Depending on your style and budget, they can cost as little as between £5 and £200 for basic and scaled drawings, respectively. Nonetheless, if you look for a planning application drawing, a basic drawing would not suffice.

If you intend to add value and style to your home, you probably need an architect. An interior designer can help you with drawing up a detailed space layout and floor plans of your interior.

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If you look to design a luxury and sustainable interior with materials, fixtures, finishes and fittings, then an interior designer can come in handy. Thus, an architect or designer does not only seek to maximize on your space but also on your budget.

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Not to mention, an architect can assist you with drawing up policy documents and drawings for the planning application. They can advise you accordingly with regards to complex obligations for pieces of legislation, contracts and regulations.

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Furthermore, an architect is a project manager. They provide oversight of your entire project, ensuring that the contractor adheres strictly to building and surveying plans. Hence, they can supervise who is on-site at the right time.

They also ensure that the project falls within your timescale, budget and standard. What is more, an architect safeguards your project under their insurance for professional indemnity.

Also, you can also take advantage of the scheme ‘Architects in House’ courtesy of the Royal Institute of British Architects, which occurs annually. Therefore, check out with an architect who is a chartered member of RIBA to provide you with an hour of design service for around £40. The architects will channel that fund towards housing philanthropy.

What is the Cost of an Architectural Service?

The size, complexity and type of project determine the cost. Besides, the costs also depend on what calibre of architect your approach. You can set your project to be fixed price or hourly. Also, you may hire an architect only for essential services if your budget is tight.

Design services could cost you as much as £1000 because of sketches and consultation time. Moreover, if your project requires planning permission, expect to spend more on detailed drawings, but most architects do not charge you for three-dimensional drawings.

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You can hire an architect to oversee your entire project ranging from applying for planning, putting the construction work on a tender to overseeing all the construction work. In this case, you will pay a percentage of the total cost of construction. They arrive at such a fee using structural calculations.

These calculations form a basis of negotiating architectural services fee with you. You can visit A Client’s Guide to Engaging an Architect, which is a guideline written by RIBA. The cost often ranges between 8% and 12% for larger projects.

All-in-all, London has plenty to offer regarding professional architectural services. However, you need to have a bit of sophistication and information to arrive at the right decision when it comes to choosing the right architect. You can always check whether  RIBA and ARB have registered your architects. You can also visit TrustMark and MyBuilder for more information.

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