H o u g h A r c h i t e c t u r e L t d
H o u g h A r c h i t e c t u r e L t d
Hough Architecture Ltd is an Architects Practice based in Sandbach, Cheshire, working on projects in Cheshire and around the United Kingdom. We provide a wide range of Architectural services for Residential, Workplace, Arts and Culture, Listed Buildings and Agricultural; for private, public and commercial sector clients. Our work is developed in collaboration with our clients and other professionals, to design buildings with a strong sense of place, a rich materiality and a sense of craft, driven from the buildings historical, social and cultural contact.
James Hough BA (Hons), B.Arch, PG.Dip PPMA, ARB, RIBA - graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2010 under the tutelage of Johnathan Hendry and Mark Tuff. He re-joined Architectural Design, Macclesfield working on a wide variety of residential projects from small house extensions, bespoke high end dwellings, multiple unit residential developments, alongside commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. In late 2015 he established Hough Architecture Ltd.
THIS IS A BIT ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
Our clients come to us with anything between £10K and £2.5M to spend on every project, from residential extension to full site master planning.
The services we offer include:
• Brief Development • Feasibility Studies • Site Appraisals • Full Building Design
• Master Planning • Detailed Design • Local Authority Applications • Building Regulations Application
• Tender Action • Contract Administration • House Extensions • New Dwellings
• Agricultural Buildings • Urban Planning & Design
Each project is completely bespoke and the associated services provided by the architect are also bespoke; cost and scope of services will be tailored to the individual clients, sites, and projects’ requirements. There will however be projects that will be similar in scale, costs and services and this section is intended to give an overview of a typical project on a most common (traditional) procurement route and is aimed at someone looking to engage an architect for the first time.
There is an initial meeting to discuss the project, generate the brief and prepare a proposal of our fees and services - all this is undertaken free of charge and with no obligation.
We will discuss your proposed project in detail; establish what you need and want from the proposed construction project and the feasibility of achieving this and how this can be realised. We will discuss cost, time scale, as well as talk through in detail the various statutory obligations that are required, for example obtaining Planning consent, demonstrating compliance with the Building Regulations and with the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM). We will also set out what the obligations and responsibilities are from your perspective, our role and the role of other third parties, such as other consultants, who may be required on the project where possible.
We approach all our projects with complete honesty. From the point of inception, we aim to provide you with a complete, clear view of the proposed project and will help you to understand the associated costs and the constraints within the project. We aim to address any problems that may arise creatively and professionally, with value for money at the heart of our approach. This may result in the project changing from what you initially planned, or it may result in there not being a project; we will not simply tell you what you want to hear in order to win the project. Further information on cost, useful documents and links can be found by clicking the by following the links below:
If you are happy with our service proposal, we will complete our appointment and proceed with your project. The first stage will normally consist of a survey (by ourselves or others) and gathering information about the site; this may mean the appointment of other consultants to assist in this regard such as an Ecologist, Engineers, or an Arboriculturalist etc. From this information we will refine the brief and start developing the concept design(s), working alongside you until we have a final developed design. In the majority of cases, the developed design will form the key component, along with other drawings and supporting documents, of a planning application to the Local Planning Authority.
Following the successful grant of planning permission, the next stage is to develop the Technical Design (the plans, sections, elevations, details and written notes, specification and schedule of works of how the building is built). A basic set of Technical Designs will form the main part of a Building Regulations Plan Check submission. Although the technical design drawings can be used for construction on simple projects - for example, a simple house extension - more complicated projects often require further detail, often in the form of a written specification and additional detailed technician designs. Ultimately the more information that can be provided to a contractor, the more accurate their tender price will be. We can advise and help you find a suitable contractor for your project and obtain prices through a tender process. The prospective contractors will base their prices on the technical design and other information gathered throughout the project. On receiving these prices, we will then assist you in selecting the contractor to use to construct your building or extension.
Following a successful tender and acceptance of a contractors’ tender, we can now prepare a construction contract between your self and the contractor. This could be a simple Building Contract, such as the RIBA Domestic Building Contract or JCT Minor Works - which can be used on small domestic projects - or this could be a more complex form of Building contract such as RIBA Concise Building Contract, the JCT Intermediate Building Contract or even the JCT Standard Building Contract. Even if we are not involved in the project at this stage, we would strongly advise that a written agreement is in place between yourself and the contractor for all construction work, for example JCT Homeowner (HO/B) contract at www.jctltd.co.uk or the RIBA Domestic Construction Contract, with the self-administration clause selected.
If you do opt to use an administrative form of contract, we would act as contract administrator on the project. Under this role, we will: provide the contractor with information required for construction; visit the site to see that the work is proceeding in accordance with the contract; certify payments for work carried out or completed and advise on the final costings; provide or obtain drawings showing the building and its services; give general advice on maintenance (however this does not include project management); make final inspections and advise on resolution of any defects at the end of the rectification period; agree the final account and issue a final certificate.
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The client is the key to any successful project; we work collaboratively with our clients and other stakeholders, to achieve the desired end result. We ensure regular communication between ourselves and the client, to develop the proposal in line with the client’s requirements; providing a personal, efficient and outstanding experience.
All work is undertaken by, or under the direct supervision of, an RIBA Chartered Architect. An architect can guide you through a whole range of processes - from the initial design, to seeing the project through planning and construction, all the way to completion. Architects add value, whether it comes from maximising impact or functionality, bringing about change of use, increasing capacity or marketability. We adhere to the RIBA Code of Conduct and ARB Code of Conduct, which ensures the highest standard of professional conduct and service.
Creative, Innovative and Suitable
Our work is developed, in collaboration with our clients and other professionals, to design buildings with a strong sense of place, a rich materiality and a sense of craft, driven from the buildings historical, social and cultural contact. We look for ways to optimise value for money, both in our service, the resulting project and throughout the building lifecycle.
We offer all aspects of the Architect’s role, from feasibility studies and brief writing, through to concept development, contract administration and offer support when the building is in use.
We can produce visual impressions of our designs to assist our clients in visualising the proposals using a wide range of techniques tailored to the individual project and client’s needs, include: 3D models produced using Building Information Modelling (BIM) 3D software Revit; 2D drawings, Physics Models; Photomontages etc.
TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF WHAT WE DO
Single storey kitchen and utility extension, for private client.
New two storey dwelling and home office, for private client.
Agricultural shed, for private client.
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GET IN TOUCH WITH HOUGH ARCHITECTURE
Get In Touch
If you are considering: a new home; an extension; commercial or agricultural project, please give us a call, email or text and we can arrange a visit to discuss your project in detail.
(All initial meeting are undertaken free of charge)
t. 01270 482730
m. 07737 201217
Our Offices (Postal Only)
a. Hough Architecture Ltd, 31 Park Lane, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1EN
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