Architectural design

Echo Structures offers architectural package and our architects will collaborate with developers, artists and designers creating thoughtful and innovative projects. Our approach is to pursue safe, sustainable and efficient design for carefully thought-out and creative structures. Our mission is to fulfill our client dreams.

Echo Structures work includes large new-build structures and, often complex, refurbishments for public and private residential, retail, arts & education, commercial and entertainment projects. We encompass temporary structures, structural sculptures, bespoke staircases and unique structures.

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Initial consultation

An initial meeting to discuss the outline brief for your project. This is followed by an appraisal of what you would like and how feasible it is, given your time and budget; confirmation in writing of the project outline, the team involved and our ways of working with you.

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Preperation and site visit

Usually, this will be any relevant feasibility studies, site/building surveys and an initial risk assessment. An appraisal of the project cost is also outlined, along with forming a procurement strategy. Both of these will be informed by experience from previous similar projects.

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concept design

This is likely the stage at which the client receives the first visualisations or drawings of the design ideas developed from the project brief. The concept design also often includes an initial proposal for structural design, building services and specifications.

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Developed design

This is where a coordinated design really takes form. The project is drawn up more clearly in CAD and developed alongside structural design, building services and a cost exercise. Submission for planning permission usually occurs during or at the end of stage 3

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Technical design

Technical Design is a refinement of the existing design, essentially preparing the necessary drawings and documentation for tendering. It is likely that in this stage specialist sub-contractors such as Echo Structures are engaged to give advice on steelwork detailing and steel supply cost.

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Construction

The building phase and associated tasks – site logistics and programme monitoring. The design is generally considered as completed at the start of the construction stage. The Architect is on hand to deal with any design queries, if any changes occurs during construction.

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Handover & Completion

This stage concludes all aspects of the Building Contract, including rectifying any defects on the Contractor’s part and producing the final certificate on the Contract Administrator’s part. In some situations, it may include commissioning, to ensure the building functions properly.

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ongoing requirements

This may include any requests for as-built drawings, any discussions regarding future alterations or additional work, or general advice with regards to: Maintenance, Energy certificates or consumption, Letting or tenants queries, General management of facilities.

Architect is the most important person in the project, so we understand how important is to explain the involvement of the architect and describe his interaction with the client at each stage. Below is the plan of work that outlines all stages in the planning, design and building process, from conception to completion on site.