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