Why use Paul Anderson Chartered Architect?
As a RIBA Chartered Architect I can help you realise your objectives and guide you through the design and construction process. I can provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings - I’ll handle the paperwork, bring value for money, peace of mind and imagination to your project whilst keeping it on track. Whether you are planning to build or alter and extend your home or business, to employ a builder or just do it yourself, it makes sense to talk to me. Let me try to highlight the benefits I can bring to your project.

Value for money
Architects are professional problem-solvers. My experience and insight can help stretch what can be achieved within your budget and add value to your project. I can suggest new ways of utilising space and light, enrich the palette of materials, finishes or fittings, find a builder at the right price, and propose design solutions that will reduce your overall running costs whilst maximising the energy efficiency of your building. At a fraction of the cost of your project, my fee will prove a sound investment.

I can lift your project out of the ordinary and help you achieve your aspirations and vision. I am a trained designer who will explore your needs and desires and find inventive and practical ways of enhancing your living environment.

Peace of mind
When you hire me, you know you have a professional on your side who has undertaken several years of architectural training; has over 20 years of experience as a fully practising architect; and who knows the construction industry inside out. The term “Architect” is a protected title and UK law requires those that use it to be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Dont be fooled by others who call themselves ‘Designers’ or ‘Architectural Designers’ – they don’t have that training or experience . My company is a “Royal Institute of British Architects Chartered Practice” which is a mark of excellence and an assurance of quality, design excellence and service. By appointing me and my Practice you can be assured that it has been accredited in meeting key quality standards such as appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII), an effective quality management system, a comprehensive health and safety policy and a sound environmental policy.

Consulting me at the earliest stage will allow me to get a real feel for your needs so that together we can establish a clear brief and a realistic budget. This will help reduce the overall design costs and help ensure the project comes in on time and on budget whilst identifying and reducing any potential problems early on.

Developing the design brief
I will work with you to develop designs that will interpret your ideas imaginatively, maximise your investment, ensure your project is cost effective and can help add real value. My job is to come up with a range of ideas for you and I to discuss, develop and refine together. This is one of my most important skills and roles.
A brief is your wish-list, it will cover everything I need to know about what you want from your project. A well-written design brief is essential to success. It should be clear and unambiguous, setting out key requirements, outlining the vision and communicating your aims and aspirations. It should describe the main function of the finished project; outline motivation and expectation; design direction; establish a single point of contact and set a realistic timeframe and budget. I can point out what is possible in terms of cost and design, asking you questions and making suggestions. I am well placed to help identify the best and worst spatial characteristics of your building and to offer ideas that will enhance the space. Your contribution at this stage is vital and will involve a number of discussions which is essential for the success of a project. The brief will form the basis of the professional contract you have with me.
All building projects are different, every client, every site and therefore every brief is unique. There is no single solution to your project.

The Approvals Process
I can help with the approvals required before your project can go ahead, including preparation of applications to the local authority for planning consent (where needed) and for Building Regulations plans approval (which covers the functional requirements of buildings to safeguard your health and safety, energy conservation and access and convenience for all).

Construction Phase
Guiding you through the construction phase I can help you select suitable builders, obtain appropriate prices for construction, monitor progress and standards, supervise safety on site, liaise with other specialists and oversee the construction through to successful completion.
34 Woodfield, Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, BT37 0ZJ Telephone (44) 028 90 364 747 Email paul@paulandersonarchitect.co.uk