Quality new build houses
Founded by RIBA Chartered Architect Gian Giblett in 2008, Wight Architecture is an award-winning practice based in Newport on the Isle of Wight.
As a RIBA Chartered Architect, I will provide you with much more than just the drawings for your new home or business venture. You will be fully involved in creating a totally tailored solution for your living needs.
I have the experience to see your project safely through to completion, overseeing the design, the planning and building regulations, the builders and your budget.
READ MORE ABOUT THE DESIGN AND BUILDING PROCESS
You can appoint me to manage any or all parts of the design and construction process.
I will help you to define your objectives for the project, identify the risks involved and interpret your ideas imaginatively, and expertly work with you to develop a design that will maximise your investment, be economic to build and run, and, of course, bring you years of comfort and pleasure.
Secure the approvals that will be needed before your project can go ahead, including the preparation of applications to the local authority for planning consent (which certifies that the project meets rules governing the use and form of buildings) and for Building Regulations certification (which covers the functional requirements of buildings to safeguard the health and safety of the people using them).
Manage the construction phase by helping you to select suitable builders, obtaining competitive prices for construction, monitoring progress, standards and safety on-site, arranging the input of other design specialists, and overseeing the co-ordination of the construction through to its successful completion.
You are likely to be making a large financial and emotional commitment to your project, which makes standards and performance from others all the more important. Using a Chartered Architect provides you with extra safeguards to ensure that your designer acts with integrity and gives independent advice in support of your interests.
Only qualified architects registered with the Architects Registration Board ARB are entitled to call themselves “Architects” in the UK and only registered architects who are members of RIBA and adhere to the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct can be called “Chartered Architects”. If you are uncertain about the credentials of anyone claiming to be a Chartered Architect do ask them for their RIBA membership number or check with the RIBA
Architects are required by UK law to be registered with the ARB and to comply with the ARB. They also have an obligation to represent consumers’ interests, and in the final resort architects are subject to the disciplinary sanction of the Board in respect of “unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence”.
How it works
On receiving your email or phone call I’ll arrange to meet – at your home / on your site to discuss your project in more detail and get a picture of what you have in mind so that I can advise you on the costs and fees involved.
Depending on the size of the job, we can either agree fees there and then and I will write to confirm asking you to sign and return a copy letter, or for more complex projects where you may want to obtain several quotes, I will write confirming our offer of services.
As a rule of thumb, you can reckon on building work costing between £1250 – £2000 per square metre for domestic projects, and around £1800 per square metre for basic commercial accommodation if you go out to tender.
Of course, if you are prepared to roll your sleeves up and build or even just manage the job yourself hiring in labour and buying materials, you can slash tender prices by around 50%. So an extension that might cost £100K using a local builder can be built for around £50K doing it yourself.
If you are thinking of building your own house, extending or altering your existing one, a good read on anything financial to do with housing is The Housebuilder’s Bible – by Mark Brinkley.
The most important thing to do is to get the design correct from the start, saving a few hundred pounds by not employing an architect will probably cost you a lot more in the long run … but I would say that, wouldn’t I!
I usually quote my fee for the early stages of projects as lump sums payable on completion of each stage so that you know where you will be financially at each stage:
Taking, for example, an extension to a detached house the stages would normally be:
Measured Survey: pre-agreed lump sum.
Design: pre agreed lump sum
Planning Application: pre agreed lump sum plus fees to the Planning Authority
Building Regulations Approval: pre-agreed lump sum plus fees to the Building Control and Engineer
Obtaining Competitive Tenders: pre-agreed lump sum
Administering the Building Contract: a % of the Building Contract.
For a new build project, I can quote a fee based on a percentage of the estimated build cost if you prefer.
It is important before you start your project that you are aware of the approvals that will be needed from the local authority for Planning and Building Regulations, as well as legislation that might affect your plans, such as party wall regulations.
I can guide you through all of these matters as we develop the design. I will also be able to make the necessary submissions for approvals and handle negotiations with the statutory bodies.
The Building Contract
This is a vital document – the legally binding commitment between your builder and you as the client to deliver your project.
I can administer the building contract on your behalf. The best way of preparing yourself is an adequate written contract designed to manage such events fairly from each party’s point of view. There is a range of standard forms of contract tailored to different size projects, and I will be able to advise you on the one best suited to your needs.
Wight Architecture works primarily on projects of the Isle of Wight, however, I have experience on projects across the country and abroad. Recently we have taken on projects across the UK including the renovation of a Grade II listed building in Leicestershire.