SDA Architecture creativity is master minded by their Director of Architecture - Simon Lewis-Pierpoint. Simon has over a decade of experience in designing all types of projects ranging from exclusive hotels such as De Vere Mottram Hall and Cameron House to designing some of the most exquisite one-off luxury private houses throughout the United Kingdom.
As a valued member on the expert panel for both Grand Designs Live and Home Building and Renovating roadshows, Simon has the experience, expertise and knowledge to design and deliver exquisite architecture whether it be nestled within a conservation area or set within beautiful green belt countryside.
SDA's extensive experience accrued over many years across all Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) work stages enables the highest level of assured confidence when delivering all RIBA Core Objectives and Key Support Tasks:
- Developing Strategic Client Brief
- Development of Project and Quality Objectives
- Concept Design & Cost Analysis
- Developed Design & Planning Applications
- Technical Design & Project Strategy
- Construction & Building Contract Assessment
- Contract Administration
- Hand Over Strategy
- Project Performance Evaluation
KEY SUPPORT TASKS
- Co-ordinating Measured Building & Topographical Surveys
- Evaluate & Co-ordinate Specialist Site Investigations
- Develop Consultant Design Teams
- Project Management
- CDM Co-ordination
- Prepare Statutory Applications (Planning Permission)
- Sustainable Design involving Passive and Renewable Technologies
- Master planning
- Planning Applications and Building Regulations
- Technical Design and Construction Detailing
- Project Tender
- Site Inspections and Certification
- Handover and Post Contract Evaluation
We undertake residential commissions throughout the United Kingdom. We are currently undertaking commissions on luxury new build homes, bespoke renovations and extensions. Our experience includes English Heritage listed homes and properties within conservation areas.
PUBLIC BUILDING COMMISSIONS
We have experience of working closely with large public institutions with multiple stakeholders to create unique solutions for public use, including schools, libraries, theatres, cinemas and galleries.
We have extensive experience in working on large scale developments within the United Kingdom and internationally working on luxury hotels, corporate office complexes and masterplans.
SDA has successfully worked with an extensive number of planning authorities including authorities in Wales and Scotland. At SDA we are immensely proud of our exceptionally high success rate at achieving planning permission for our clients, with our particular specialist area of gaining statement pieces of exceptional architecture for new residences within the green belt.
With our in-house architects, technologists, designers and technicians we have the expertise to manage projects from the inception of the client project brief to the management and hand over of their dream property. We have vast experience of administering all standard forms of building contract.
Each commission is truly bespoke and tailored to each of our individual client’s. The areas that we assist our clients include:
- Site Appraisals & Initial Feasibility Desktop Studies
- Preliminary 2D and 3D Concept Designs
- Pre-Application Enquiries
- Outline Planning Permission Applications
- Full Planning Permission / Consent Applications
- Listed Building Consent Applications
- Discharge of Planning Conditions
- Building Regulation / Consent Applications
- Preparing site construction drawings, specifications & schedules of works
- Obtaining detailed tenders followed by tender analysis
- Client Representation at Hearings / Committee
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTANCY
At SDA, we offer architectural project management for all schemes whether designed by our studio or projects that have been design by third parties designers. With in-house architects, architectural technologists, designers and technicians we have wealth of experience that can project manage any scale across all development sectors, combine this with the extensive Town Planning and Architectural services that embodies SDA, it allows the unique opportunity to been commissioned from the concept to completion and handover. With an impressive past record of delivering some of the highest quality properties throughout the United Kingdom in the prime and super prime markets we have the expertise to deal with the most complex and prestigious projects.
Understanding our clients’ every need and desires is paramount in the success of any project. Being in tune with our clients and their detailed requirements from the outset is the key to our successful deliver. With our wide range of experienced chartered design consultants it allows us to constantly deliver the highest quality of professional project management service. With many of our clients located overseas expertly co-ordinating the architecture and construction drawings and specifications with the build teams is paramount, amalgamate this with providing accurate progress monitoring reports to our clients via regularly digital communication to make sure the deliver of their project is stress free.
DELIVERED ACROSS THE UK
SDA Architecture provide architecture project management throughout the United Kingdom from Liverpool to London. When dealing with bespoke luxury super prime projects financial management is integral to the success the a project, our continued commitment to excellence at SDA means this area is controlled by our very known in-house ICAW chartered accountant allowing our clients the very best professional financial management and auditing control during the management of their our project.
OTHER PM SERVICES
Our project management services also encompass scheduling and quality control inspections, managing third party design consultants such as audio visual consultants and providing architect certificates for financial lenders.
If you would like to know more about architectural project management from SDA, please don’t hesitate to contact our highly experienced team. Having been established for over 10 years, we’re well placed to offer support and advice regarding architecture project management.
What were once known as 'Architects Certificates' for newly built or converted properties are now known as 'The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) Professional Consultants Certificates'.
THE BENEFITS OF CML CERTIFICATES
When developing your project whether new build or converting residential properties, you may be required to provide some form of assurance to potential purchasers and/or their lenders that their position is protected in the event that structural problems develop with the property sometime after completion of the project, known as, 'handover'. Many financial lenders will generally only lend on newly built (or newly converted) properties where the development can offer a building guarantee scheme (i.e. those offered by NHBC or other insurance companies) or a qualified professional acting as the professional consultant (e.g. a member of CIAT, RICS or RIBA) has signed a Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) Professional Consultant’s Certificate (Architects certificate). Commercial developers need this type of certificate if they’re selling the property and their purchaser needs a mortgage or if the development wants to rent the property and raise a Buy-to-Let mortgage to release equity from the development project.
Financial lenders will indicate during the inception of the lending criteria if they will accept the Professional Consultants Certificates in their Part 2 responses to 6.7.4 of the Lenders' Handbook. The Lenders' Handbook provides comprehensive instructions for conveyances acting on behalf of lenders in residential conveyance transactions. This form of the certificate has been pre-approved by the CML and they will only accept the Professional Consultants Certificates for financial transactions which can only be signed off by a properly insured Professional Consultant.
Due to our wealth of experience and in-house Chartered consultants at SDA we are able to provide Professional Consultants Certificates (Architects cert.) for new-build and/or conversion of residential dwellings. At SDA Our expert, qualified certifiers are able to to design and/or monitor the construction or conversion of residential buildings and certify the completion to enable lenders to release funds. By signing the certificate we confirm to the lender (or its conveyancer) that we:
have visited the property to check its progress of construction, its conformity with drawings approved under building regulations and its conformity with drawings/instructions issued under the building contract;
will remain liable to the first purchasers and their lender and subsequent purchasers and lenders for the period of 6 years from the date of the certificate;
have appropriate experience in the design and/or monitoring of the construction and conversion of normal residential buildings; and
will keep a certain level of professional indemnity insurance in force to cover our liabilities under the certificate.
PROFESSIONAL PIECE OF MIND
Our chartered practice holds certifed Professional Indemnity insured (up to £2,000,000.00), providing total piece of mind when entering into the construction element of your project.