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What We Do

Oriel Architecture has carried out numerous projects in the education and community sectors, but our portfolio also includes many new houses and domestic extensions, as well as all types of commercial projects, and conservation work. Please click on the tabs above to see examples of our work.

Oriel Architecture is a Chartered RIBA Practice and we provide a full range of professional services in line with the RIBA Plan of work 2013. These can be broadly categorised in the list below:

  • Feasibility studies and planning advice.
  • Measured surveys.
  • Establishing the key objectives i.e. the brief.
  • Conceptual design / preparation of options and design development / design meetings with the client.
  • Building design.
  • Planning applications.
  • Building regulations applications.
  • Specifications / Tendering.
  • Contract administration including site inspections.
  • Advice on matters relating to the CDM Regs 2015, The Party Wall Act, Ecology, Energy efficient building.

At Oriel architecture we place particular emphasis on the importance of the early stages of a project which involves reviewing and questioning the client’s needs and aspirations. A rigorous approach to the briefing process provides a sound foundation to develop concept designs at which point the brief can be tested further in the context of the constraints imposed by the site or existing building. The iterative nature of architectural design makes it important that the client and architect collaborate closely and devote adequate time to this early stage, and in this way, the client will extract the maximum benefit from employing the skills of an architect.

For some projects, especially residential work, it is appropriate to provide a partial service involving just the design, planning and building regulation stages. In such cases many people will be embarking on a building project for the first time and will not be familiar with the benefits which an architect can bring to their project. It is in these circumstances, and whatever the size of the project, we would emphasise the need to devote adequate resources to the briefing and design stage as a successful project can exploit opportunities and produce inspiring architecture which you might never have imagined. Conversely, a poorly conceived project may leave you disappointed, and in the case of house extensions, you may be left with a development which detracts from and devalues the original house.

Residential
Commercial
Conservation
Education & Community