Architectural Design

Insight into the Five Stage Design Process

Berrys Architectural Services boasts a wealth of design experience and construction knowledge across our team of architectural technicians, we are capable of providing a wide range of innovative design and technical services across many different sectors. Skilled at providing practical building design solutions across residential, commercial and rural sectors, our focus resides on you, your vision and finding innovative design solutions to help achieve your objectives.

At Berrys we understand that it is a very exciting and perhaps quite complex time to go through a design process and we’re here to guide you through every step of the way and help you over every hurdle. From concept designs through to supervision of work on sites, we have got you covered with our five stage design process: a step by step guide to the design process.

Our professional and friendly team are here to ensure that you thoroughly enjoy your design experience and to ensure a highly productive realisation of your aspirations.

Due to working with our renowned and highly regarded planning department and our good working relationship with a number of LPAs we have a great record of securing planning approvals.

Able to undertake projects across the UK, we look forward to finding design solutions for our ever expanding client base and await our opportunity to work alongside you.

Oliver Hill -
Design Manager
01743 290644
Arwyn Davies -
Architectural Technician
01743 239029
Richard Cole -
Architectural Technician
01743 239023
1. Appraisal, Brief & Concept Designs

We are here to help you make your ideas and aspirations a reality whilst making the process as enjoyable as possible for you. We start the design process with an informal chat at a time convenient to yourself, preferably on site. This is the time to talk about yourself: your interests, your ideas, your requirements and your construction budget. Your ideas, concepts and the feasibility of the scheme will be discussed with the aim of the interview to help us to understand what you desire and to form the design brief.

The confirmed design brief will establish both the style and design requirements of the building. The size of the plot and amount of development will be discussed, as will the sizes of rooms, landscaping, building orientation and interrelationship between other elements. We can provide examples of projects which will help to understand the size and styles achievable. Scrap books or Pinterest boards are good visual ways of helping us to understand your design brief, ideas and style of project you prefer.

A site visit will take place to identify site constraints, site topography, views, access, existing vegetation/trees and surrounding buildings, their relationship to the site and their style, design and form. During this visit we will also identify which supporting specialist consultants we may need to instruct (i.e. Ecology, Tree Surveys, Heritage Assessment) We will produce schematic plans, layouts and elevations as simple line drawings and/or sketches showing room sizes and how rooms relate to each other based on the initial design brief. Where requested or agreed we can produce more than one design, which can be useful in helping you decide between differing styles and to confirm your preferred route of design. Stage One ends with confirmation of a preferred concept design.

2. Sketch Proposals

We will proceed with the agreed design brief and concept designs, creating fully sketched up site plans, floor plans and elevations. These drawings will show floor plans with external and internal walls, staircases, windows and doors, and basic layouts for kitchens and bathrooms subject to final discussions.

Where requested, or if we feel that it will help with the design, we can prepare 3D visuals of the plans and elevations, subject to additional fees. Stage Two ends with a confirmed design route based on sketch proposals with instruction on any amendments required ahead of submission.


Where the design brief alters considerably after agreement of a concept design, to the extent that the revision(s) change the main function, amount of or sizes of rooms or the appearance of the building, we reserve the right to return to Stage One and re-charge the amount accordingly.

3. Submit Planning Application

We will finish and finalise the agreed sketch plans for submission of the planning application to the council. The application will be submitted with all the relevant supporting documentation, Design and Access Planning Statements, forms and any other supporting information required, (i.e. drainage report).


During the planning process amendments may be requested from the planning department to obtain a consent. Any changes will be discussed and agreed with yourselves and charged accordingly.

Once submitted, any sought amendments from yourselves that considerably change the external proposal will need to go through the planning case officer and could lead to a lengthened time to obtain a decision.


4. Building Regulations

Following the outline approval there are likely to be several planning conditions that will require discharging before works can begin on site. Generally these are confirmation of the exact materials proposed, landscaping design and drainage.

Generally we can produce these reports in-house and submit to the council. External materials, for example, choice of bricks and window materials etc. will be undertaken by yourselves under our guidance. The conditions given by the council can vary substantially, and therefore due to the unique nature of every application we charge for this aspect of your application with an hourly rate.

5. Tender & Site Works

Where requested, Berrys can produce all tender documents and manage the process of obtaining tenders and negotiating costs with potential contractors.
We have a team which specialises in the production of health and safety plans (CDM 2015) and full project management.

Our architectural services team will be able to visit the site to monitor and inspect works as the project construction phase progresses and agree stage payments with contractors.