Every project is different, but our typical pathway to implementation of a successful landscape is set out in the following stages.
We find that our clients prefer the assurance of fixed fees and work in clear and defined work stages whenever practicable.
An informal meeting up to an hour in length to meet and discuss the project. This an opportunity for both parties to discuss initial ideas and gauge whether each has the connection and confidence to progress to the next stage. There is no charge; I consider this a reasonable risk and enjoy meeting potential new clients. Following the meeting we’ll send you fee quotation for the initial design stages.
Most sites will require a detailed topographical survey, though in many cases this will have been completed as a building and planning requirement. We can provide this if required or will undertake the survey ourselves if practical and cost effective. A second meeting is usually arranged when the fees have been agreed to take a more detailed brief and look at the site in greater depth.
Once we have all the information and are confident we understand the client’s requirements we begin work at the drawing board. Whilst we often work to tight deadlines its good to have three or four weeks during which the sketch design will naturally evolve and the finished design emerges.
Your proposed garden and landscape scheme will be presented as large format colour hand drawings computer rendered and annotated, together with three dimensional views and garden style images to convey our ideas so you easily visualize the proposals.
Following the concept design presentation, the design may go through minor or moderate changes before a finalized scheme is agreed and committed to an Autocad masterplan for further detailing and costing.
This involves producing a detailed set of drawings at a larger scale sufficient to convey the style, function and finishes to a contractor for pricing and building purposes. This will include the built elements, planting, lighting, irrigation, furniture and finishes. A quality set of drawings and documents are vital to ensuring the design is viable, properly executed and to protect the client and contractor from disputes.
TENDER & CONSTRUCTION
Every scheme requires a different approach. Generally, we prepare a drawings package together with a bill of quantities and specifications for pricing by the landscape contractors. We will monitor the works in progress and assist the client or architect with contract administration if required.
We can offer a project management service where the client prefers a more flexible approach and the opportunity to get the best value from their budget. Alternatively, we’re happy to work alongside the clients builder and groundworkers or bring in soft landscape teams to execute the finishes. This is often a more cost effective route but needs somebody with experience and vision to achieve the desired result and ensure that opportunities aren’t missed.