Practice Profile – Who are we?
We are an award winning Chartered Architects practice, located within the village of Appley Bridge, Lancashire. Over the past thirty years our Practice has enjoyed recognition for its success through a number of design awards, quite recently receiving the 2012 Wigan Council Urban Design Award for residential works within a Conservation Area, as well as hundreds of satisfied clients. Throughout this time we have developed a reputation for quality design across a range of sectors and disciplines including; country homes, works with Listed Buildings, barn conversions as well as contemporary homes and commercial properties. Our work covers a wide range of locations across the North West and Nationally, however this has not limited our knowledge and relationship of the local area, which is extensive and intimate.
Our current team comprises of a dedicated design office and administrative staff, each member bringing a unique and ranging knowledge from various experience and educational backgrounds, allowing our office to deliver on a wide range of projects.
What can we do for you?
Peter Dickinson Chartered Architects provide services from the conception of a project to its completion. From meeting with clients to conducting contract administration and on site meetings Peter Dickinson Chartered Architects provide a complete professional service. As a Chartered Architects practice Peter Dickinson Chartered Architects are bound and regularised by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), ensuring that the highest possible standard and service is provided by one of the oldest institutes of architects in the world. This high standard ensures that you, the client, receive the best possible service. Our services include:
- On site appraisal, advising the Client of alternative solutions for the project
- Advice on local authority planning and building policies.
- Provision of preliminary designs for liaison with the Client and relevant authorities.
- Preparation of detailed design drawings.
- Submission of planning applications to the local authority.
Planning polices are highly complex and the application process overly bureaucratic. Your development will benefit from our expertise and experience in planning matters.
- Submission of building regulation applications to the local authority.
Compliance with the regulations becomes increasingly difficult with each passing year as the rules change and expand. We can help you obtain all the consents you require and advise you on different methods of construction to suit your budget and design aspirations.
- Provision of specifications and schedules of work.
- Obtainment of competitive tenders.
- Drawing up of building contracts on behalf of the Client.
- Contract administration.
- Building Inspections and Certificate Production.
If you require any of these services, or simply would like advice on planning, design and construction Peter Dickinson Chartered Architects provide every level of service you may need.
What it means to be a part of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
The RIBA was founded in 1834 for “…the general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith…”.
The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. They provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put their members – in the UK and overseas – at the peak of the Architectural profession. With government, they work to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.
The RIBA Professional Standards are as follows.
In order for RIBA Members to maintain their respected status, the professional standards team undertake a variety of activities:
- Advise on professional conduct and maintain the RIBA code of professional conduct and disciplinary procedures.
- Provide an alternate dispute resolution nomination service including adjudication, arbitration, and mediation.
- Develop standard forms of building contract, through our work with the JCT and the CIC and produce the RIBA plan of work and RIBA standard forms of appointment.
- Liaise with the Architects Registration Board.
- Manage the RIBA Business Benchmarking Service, a unique, survey-based business-benchmarking tool for architectural practices. Completion of the survey is now one of the required accreditation criteria for Chartered Practices with two or more staff.
- Accredit and promote RIBA Client Advisers and RIBA Conservation Architects.
- Advise on architects’ professional indemnity and liabilities, and provide access to PI insurance cover through the RIBA Insurance Agency, which has provided professional indemnity policies for RIBA Members since 1987. The Agency is part of the Heath Lambert Group, one of the UK’s leading professional indemnity brokers. The RIBA Insurance Agency is the only insurance broker endorsed by the RIBA to provide professional indemnity insurance to its members.
- Develop RIBA Good Practice Guides.
- Respond to government consultations.
- Develop the criteria and provide support services for the RIBA Chartered Practice scheme.
- Provide guidance on best procurement methods for a project.