NDM Architects design and manage projects based on the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Plan of Work.  The Plan of Work organises the process of managing and designing building projects and administering building contracts into a number of stages which are recognised across the construction industry.

The sequence or content of Work Stages may vary to suit the scale of a project or they may overlap to suit the procurement method and program, however they would typically follow the sequence outlined below; 


This typically constitutes the initial consultation where we would discuss the client’s requirements and ratify that a construction project is the best way of meeting these needs. We establish the scope of services required and provide a fee estimate alongside our conditions of appointment.

Following our appointment this stage is about developing the information that the design team will need to commence the design process. This will include discussions with the client to establish their detailed requirements and is likely to involve a measured survey and in some projects a feasibility study.

These stages see the development of a design from an initial concept, through to a coordinated proposal. This stage of work would typically culminate in a planning application being submitted to the Local Authority.

All design information required to demonstrate Building Regulations compliance will be compiled at this stage. Subject to the scope of our appointment, detailed construction information will be prepared and tendered to potential contractors on behalf of the client.

These stages incorporate the construction of the project, administration of the construction contract between client and contractor, handing over the completed building, and conclusion of the contract including management of defects. Our involvement at these stages can vary significantly and can be adjusted to suit the scale of the project and the client’s requirements.


Throughout the above work stages, it is most likely that other professional services will be required, such as Topographical Surveys, Ecological and Arboricultural Reports, Structural Engineering, Energy Assessments and Estimating/Cost Checks.

We will advise clients of such appointments and if required assist in the appointment of suitable consultants.