We provide architectural services, helping create your building project, the way you want. Our goal is the successful delivery of projects through a service tailored to fit your needs. Whether you require a little advice, a feasibility assessment, or full architectural design and management. Zinc promotes flexibility so you get what you need – design excellence, within your budget, on time, even manged from start to finish.
At the very beginning of projects, even before plots or sites are selected can the architectural input, to the formulation of the brief, be of real value. Projects are formed out of a need with associated cost budgets and time frames, which we help define. It is generally the case that schemes begin to feel real when you add visuals (sketches, plans, massing studies) to the initial considerations.
We have experience in assessing the feasibility of potential development land from single plots to multiple medium scale residential schemes. Working closely with planning consultants we help negotiate the often complicated planning process. In addition we use 3D modeling tools to demonstrate proposed contextual impact and tasks such as sunlight studies.
Planning Enquiries & Consultations
Most schemes that require planning permission or confirmation that prior approval is not required, like schemes that fall within ‘Permitted Development’ require drawings to aid the consultations with the various planning bodies. Zinc is very experienced at this level of interaction with local authorities in both the public and private sectors.
Concept Architectural Design
When schemes progress from feasibility, had won outline approval or have had successful pre-planning consultation the design process frequently then gathers momentum within the concept stage. Zinc has a proven ability to generate concepts, options and alternatives to complex project parameters within short periods of time so that owners and/or design committees can review options and make decisions. Schemes tend to progress from hand sketches and simple geometry mass studies to volumetric design illustrating main relationship in and around buildings. The conclusion of this stage will be with client sign-off of the concept.
Detailed Architectural Design
Design Development period (RIBA Stage 3). Following Concept approval we Developed Designs, including coordinated and updated proposals for structural design, building services systems, outline specifications, Cost Information and Project Strategies in accordance with a Design Programme. This stage generally concludes with Planning Applications.
The process of pre-application planning negotiations, public enquiries and stakeholder consultations generally culminate in planning applications. Zinc prepares the information and submits, either directly or alongside Planning Consultants, at the end of the Design Development period. We draw together the input from the entire design team as well as the constraints from ecology, conservation, highways, regulations, archaeology and environmental impact, to name a few.
We can perform assessments of the feasibility of various sustainability methods and response to the context at Brief/Concept stage and onwards. Reports can be aligned to specific methodologies such as BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes and others. If required we can liaise with specialist consultants depending on the demands of the project.
Building Regulations Submissions
Development of all architectural elements, co-ordination of structural, electrical & mechanical services and specialist sub-contractor design within projects to levels where submissions to building regulation authorities are made and approved.
We have a sound knowledge of the main JCT contracts – Minor Works, Standard as well as experience in the procurement in Design & Build arena. Apart from site supervision we issue Instructions, Amendments, Notices and Payment Certificates.
With experience of a wide spectrum of building types we can assist with or carry out budget assessments to help clients understand the cost of building before and during design stages.