Contact and Consultation
The first step we take in the consultative process is to research and understand the key project details. From there we are able to create a ‘Deal Sheet’, which is essentially a brief business plan for the project. At this stage, the project will be assigned a planner, who will discuss the brief in greater detail, as well as carrying out an initial viewing of the building or site.
The aim of this first visit is to identify any potential planning issues and assess the site itself. If it is a refurbishment project, the aim will include thinking about the flow of space and light in the building, as well as considering the practicalities involved in the scheme, such as site access.
This is also the beginning of a working relationship with the Lapora Estates PARTNER TEAM. Ultimately, it’s an opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns about the process ahead, or issues that need addressing.
Fee Proposal and Stages of Work
Following the consultation and initial project confirmation, partners will be issued with a letter of appointment which serves as a contract. The appointment outlines the key stages of work that relate specifically to your part of the project, and we expect all associated fees to be quotes.
Each scheme is unique and therefore, so are its requirements. The proposal lists any other partners that may be needed and survey requirements to enable the designs to develop. It also outlines the Lapora Estates stages, which are calculated on the scope of services identified from the first consultation.
At the beginning of a project we carry out cost analysis and assess the potential to deliver the project both to budget and to brief.
Typically we strive to meet the project brief, working with suppliers in Stage 3 to reduce costs where necessary. Occasionally the project budget will limit what can be achieved within the brief, and in such cases, compromises will be agreed.
There are a number of assessments that may be required for the project. As standard, what is called a dimensional building survey will be undertaken, whether for a new build or re-model. There may be requirement for a level survey (known as topographical) or arboricultural (tree) surveys to help us formulate the design accordingly.