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Here are some of our frequently asked questions to help you get started with an architect.

What are Building Regulations?

Building Regulations  are a set of standards and requirements that govern the design, construction, and alteration of buildings. 

They aim to ensure the health, safety, welfare, and energy efficiency of occupants and the public. Key aspects covered by building regulations include structural integrity, fire safety, accessibility, energy conservation, ventilation, drainage, and electrical safety. 

Compliance with building regulations is mandatory for most construction projects and is enforced by local authorities through inspections and approvals at various stages of construction.

As part of our services, MOJO will create a full set of Building Regulation drawings and information which can be submitted for signoff.

Once approved, how long does Planning Permission last?

Planning Permission lasts for 3 years once it has been approved by the local authority. 

Within the 3 years you will need to have made a start on your building work, but if you don't manage to start for what ever reason, your planning application will elapse. Don't worry though, MOJO can help you to re-apply again for Planning Permission.  

How long does it take to get Planning Permission?

As each project is unique, the time it takes to get Planning Permission will vary depending on the schemes scale, complexity and location but normally it will take around 8-10 weeks depending on the local authority. 

MOJO organises your planning submission, tracks its progress, and makes sure our clients are kept up to date with how their application is going. 

It simplifies the project for you. 

What is Planning Permission and will I need it?

Planning Permission is the official consent required from your Local Authority to carry out certain types of development or changes to your property. It ensures that proposed changes are in line with local planning policies and regulations. Planning Permission is typically needed for projects with higher level design, significant alterations, and changes in land use.

Whether you need Planning Permission depends on the nature and scale of the proposed development. Some minor changes fall under Permitted Development rights, which allow certain alterations without the need for formal permission. However, larger or more significant projects usually require Planning Permission.

MOJO will walk you through all of these steps and work out whether your project will need Planning Consent or not. 

What is the difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations?

Planning permission and building regulations are two separate processes that govern construction projects.

Planning permission focuses on the suitability of a development within its surroundings, while building regulations focus on the technical and safety aspects of the construction process. 

Both processes are important and often required for most construction projects.

How do we start on a project with MOJO?

To start on a project with the MOJO team is simple. 

Give us a call on 0161 818 8840 to speak to one of our team.

Email the studio at info@mojo-architecture.com

Fill out one of our contact forms or simply pop into our office to chat to us about your project.  

We would love to speak to you. 

How do we get a quote from MOJO for my project?

As every project is unique, so MOJO doesn't have standard fees as we tailor all of our services and fees to the specific scheme and client requirements.

Our fees will always depend on the type of project and the level of involvement you need from us. We feel from experience that to quote figures without knowing the project details would be misleading. 

At MOJO we always come down to your property or business to carry out an initial consultation meeting, free of charge. From this meeting we can create a bespoke fee and service proposal which clearly breaks down what we will be doing for you, our fees involved and approximate timescales. 
We use a fixed fee on our Residential projects rather than a percentage of the construction value, as that way we ensure that you, our client, have cost certainly from the start of a project. 

As our experience and five-star client testimonials show, although hiring a registered Architect ( ARB and RIBA ) over lesser trained 'draughtsman' or 'architectural technologists' may cost more, it can make a huge difference to your home, and save you money in the long run. 

It’s the stamp of quality and security.

How do I select the right Builder?

Selecting the right Builder or Contractor can feel daunting but MOJO has worked with many great companies over the years so can help you top select one that is the right fit for you.

When chosing who you want to go with here a few key things to look for;

  1. Experience and Track Record-
    Look for a builder with a proven track record of successfully completing projects similar in scale and complexity to yours. Review their portfolio and ask for references from past clients.

  2. Licensing and Insurance-
    Ensure that the builder holds the necessary licenses and permits required for construction in your area. Additionally, verify that they have adequate liability insurance and workers' compensation coverage to protect you from potential liabilities.

  3. Expertise and Specialisation-
    Consider builders who specialise in the type of project you're undertaking. Whether it's residential, commercial, industrial, or a specific architectural style, hiring a builder with relevant expertise can enhance the quality and efficiency of the construction process.

  4. Reputation and Reviews- 
    Research the builder's reputation within the industry and among previous clients. Look for online reviews, testimonials, or ask for recommendations from friends or colleagues who have worked with them before.

  5. Financial Stability-
    Assess the builder's financial stability and ensure they have the resources to complete your project on time and within budget. Potentially request financial statements or references from their suppliers and subcontractors to gauge their financial health.

  6. Communication and Compatibility-
    Effective communication is crucial throughout the construction process. Evaluate how responsive and proactive the builder is during the initial meetings. Ensure that you have good chemistry and can establish a positive working relationship.

  7. Quality Control and Safety Measures- 
    Inquire about the builder's quality control processes, safety measures, and adherence to building regulations. A reputable builder will prioritise safety and strive for excellence in craftsmanship.

  8. Cost and Contract-
    Obtain detailed cost estimates from multiple builders and compare them. Be cautious of significantly low bids as they may indicate corners being cut or potential cost overruns later. Review the contract thoroughly and ensure it includes all specifications, timelines, payment terms, and dispute resolution mechanisms.
As a registered 'Architect' practice, are you members of any professional bodies (ARB or RIBA) ?

MOJO Architecture is registered and accredited by both the ARB ( Architects Registration Board ) and RIBA ( The Royal Institute of British Architectects ).

Being members of ARB and RIBA they impose strict codes and standards including 'The Architects Code - Standards of Conduct and Practice' which don't apply to unregulated technologists and other lesser trained draughtsmen.

Always check that who you appoint to take on your project is an Architect. If you are not sure, or have doubts, always check with the ARB at " ARB - Search the register"and see if they are actually registered, because if not they cannot legally use the term 'Architect'. This is done to protect you, the client.

What type of projects does MOJO work on?

MOJO made its name working on amazing homes, extensions and renovations and helped to transform the lives of families all over the UK. 

But over the last decade we have grown to bring our ideas, expertise and energy to a range of projects from modern Primary Schools, Cocktail Bars, Theatres, Sports clubs, Shops, high end apartments to local high-street regeneration projects. 

We want to work on interesting projects with passionate clients regardless of the scale, budget and location. 

Take a look at our Project Page to see just a handful of projects we have been involved in. 

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