The Architect defines the dimensions of the Works in plan, section and elevation; projects its appearance, presents the proposed solutions, determines the area of all the Design Brief requirements and prepares the presentation notice to specify the nature of external building materials.
In general, the degree of definition corresponds to drawings prepared at the scale of 1:100.
Building Permit File
The Architect prepares and signs the drawings and his written notices necessary to collate the Building Permit File in compliance with current regulations.
He assists the Client to complete the administrative file having informed it the required contents of this file and the documents to be provided.
After submittal of the Building Permit, the Architect assists the Client in its relations with the administration. The Client informs the Architect of any exchange of correspondence with the administration.
At the commencement of the Design Development Work Stage, based on the proposals of the Architect, the Client completes the Design Brief by indicating, in particular, the final nature and characteristics of building materials, and internal fixtures and fittings.
The Architect, having assessed their implementation and the financial consequences that ensue, develops in plan, section and elevation the different construction components.
In general, the degree of definition corresponds to drawings prepared at a maximum scale of 1:50 with significant architectural details at appropriate scales.
The Architect prepares a summary description of the Works in order to describe their nature and their quality.
The client appoints a quantity surveyor to produce the written material for tender, including bill of quantities and contract documentation for the general contractor (or each contract for each contractor in case of individual trades), based on the architects documentation, Engineers drawings and specifications, professional surveys.
Contract documentation includes : tender terms and conditions, proposed Building Contract, projected Construction Timetable and the list of contract documents with their order of precedence.
With the Architect, the Client evaluates the means of procurement for construction of the Works and selects the means for awarding the Building Contracts, either by separate trades or a general Contractor.
Assisted by the Architect, the Client shortlists the contractors to tender.
The Architect, with the Quantity Surveyor, collates the documentation required for the Tender Action that allows the Contractors invited to tender to understand the nature, quality and limits of their intervention and to prepare their Tenders based on the bill of quantities prepared by the Quantity Surveyor.
The Client approves the Tender File, by signing all the documents and issues the File to the tendering contractors.
The Quantity surveyor appointed by the client undertakes the analysis of Tenders from the Contractors, prepares his report, recommends to the Client the list of Contractors to retain and finalizes the Building Contract documents.
The Client agrees with the Architect and Contractors the commencement date of the construction site, signs and submits to the authorities the Commencement Notice.
Building Contract Administration
The Client countersigns the notice prepared and signed by the Architect authorizing Contractors to take possession of the construction site.
The Client signs the general Construction Timetable prepared with the Contractors by the quantity surveyor and any amendments to the Building Contracts.
The Architect organizes and chairs the Site Meetings and drafts the minutes which he issues, to the Contractors, the Client and third parties, assesses the progress of construction work and compliance with the Building Contract.
He reviews Interim Payment Claims from Contractors prepares the Progress Payments and reviews the Final Claims from Contractors.
The frequency of Site Meetings organized by the Architect is usually weekly (the frequency can be adapted to take into account holidays, inclement weather, etc.).
Coordination of contractors (OPC)
Should the client choose to procure the works via separate trades, the architect is appointed for an additional coordination mission (OPC) valued at 7% of final value of the works.
In collaboration with the contractors, the architect sets the critical path of tasks in compliance with the time schedule assigned to the works.
The architect sets the organization rules on site, including the flow of information and documentation.
The architect orchestrates in time and space the intervention of each contractor in order to comply with the global time schedule.
The architect follows and adjust the global time schedule.
Construction Handover assistance
When the Works has reached Practical Completion, the Construction Handover is carried out either on the request of the Contractors or the Client.
The Client accepts Handover with or without reservations. It marks the commencement of the perfect completion guarantee due by Contractors; the guarantee of good function and the ten-year warranty period.
The Architect assists the Client with the Handover of construction work.
He organizes the meeting with the Contractor, drafts the reports and prepares the list of reservations recorded by the Client during the Handover visit.
The Client, or his representative, and the Contractors sign the Handover Reports.
After the Handover, the Client submits the Notice of Final Completion and compliance of construction work to the local authority together with the certificates relative to the respect of construction regulations, if required.
Case study : Villa Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis'; house is a modern 1970s house built in the Esterel massif. Here are the construction and renovation steps organized and supervised by Blue. Archi