Belfast Architects A.L.D.A. unambiguously act as your agents. The role of all Architects should be to design a building, that serves your requirements, and which is within your budget. A.L.D.A. are Belfast Architects that take that role seriously. We are not there for self aggrandisement, to win prizes, or create design statements unless that is our clients specific aim. Design does matter, and in many buildings it is public image of your business, but our fundamental role is to create buildings that work in more ways than just appearance. At A.L.D.A. we work for you, not for any builder, nor supplier. Our prime role is to protect your interests. A.L.D.A. are Architects in Belfast who are orientated towards the needs of private clients and businesses. We take pride in stating that we will give honest opinion, even if it is not in our own interests, and may not be what potential clients want to hear. Professional integrity is important to us.
Use our expertise. More generally we can advise you on the feasibility of your intended project, be that alterations of existing buildings or new developments. We can assist you with the appointment of other consultants, with contract documents, tendering, and monitoring the progress of work on site.
Financial control is always important. In that context it is essential to ensure that your drawings, and tender documents, are as thorough as possible. These documents enable you to obtain competitive tenders. Tenders that can be compared, one against the other. These documents, if properly produced, also reduces the possibility of claims when building work commences. The vast majority of the cost of any build is the construction. It is therefore essential to maintain tight control of spending during construction, and you cannot do that without proper documentation, detailing and drawings.
Belfast Architects A.L.D.A. design the layout, appearance and construction of your building. The builder, or contractor, follows that design. His price is based on the tender documents produced, and the conditions that are placed in the contract. It is utter folly to think that reducing investment in the design, and construction information phase, will result in a less expensive overall build cost. Generally it won't. How can it?
Design and Build Option. If time is of critical importance then we can help you with design and build options, where we work with a contractor on your behalf to produce a building that can be erected quickly, efficiently and economically.
Employ qualified professionals. In the economic revival of Northern Ireland and Belfast Architects and their role is often overlooked. Yet Architects are the profession most trained, and qualified, to design your office, the factory you work in, your home and even the modest house extension. It takes a minimum of seven years training to become an Architect, and when they qualify they are regulated by the Architect's Registration Board.
The use of the title Architect is protected. This is to protect the public. It is a prosecutable offense to use the title unless registered (and thus qualified). Despite this there are many who claim to be Architects, but are not qualified to do so. All Architects in the UK are listed by the Architects Registration Board. If you are looking for Belfast Architects ,or an Architect in Northern Ireland check that they are listed with the ARB. If someone is not listed there then they are not an Architect. It is that simple. For Chartered Architectural Technologists visit CIAT. Importantly make sure they are chartered (MCIAT).
Why employ the unqualified? Why risk employing a cowboy, or someone who really does not know what he or she is doing, or someone who is working part time? Those who are qualified are often no more expensive to employ than those who are not! Also most building projects are major financial investments. If the person you employ is not competent consider the potential cost involved, in claims and making good, if they make a serious mistake. Employ properly qualified professionals, you know it makes sense.
- design buildings of all sizes and types.
- work outside normal office hours to suit your working day.
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