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Design & Planning


At this point in time it is more than likely that you have thought long and hard about the type, size and possible layouts of the house that would most likely suit your requirements and, if you have not already done so, it is now time to appoint your Architect.


APPOINTING AN ARCHITECT


Prior to approaching an architect it is advisable to ensure that he/she is fully qualified, is in private practice and has adequate professional indemnity insurance. It is important to agree a fee structure, in writing, with the Architect prior to Appointment for each of the individual design, planning and construction stages as follows:


1. Completion of Concept and Final Design.

2. Completion of Planning Application.

3. Completion of Construction Drawings.

4. Onsite Contract Administration and final Certification.


It is necessary to agree each stage individually, as there are many reasons that a project may not proceed to, or beyond planning application stage such are the vagaries of the planning process.

Should your planning application be appealed to An Bord Pleanala this may result in necessary additional work being carried out by the Architect and additional fees to cover this work may be charged accordingly.


APPOINTING A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER


On consultation with your architect he/she may advise that, due to the nature of the site or the complexity of the building design, the services of a Structural Engineer would be required. It is necessary that the person appointed be fully qualified, be in private practice and have adequate professional indemnity insurance. It is also important to ascertain at what stage of the process the appointment should be made and the scope of works that the Structural Engineer will be responsible for. As always a fee should be agreed in writing prior to Appointment.

 

 

APPOINTING AN ASSIGNED CERTIFIER

 

 

The Assigned Certifier means the person so assigned, in accordance with the Building Control Regulations to inspect and certify the works. In most circumstances, it is anticipated that the Architect or Engineer appointed to design & administer the construction of the building or works will act as Assigned certifier, but this need not always be the case.


Who can carry out the role of assigned certifier?

 

– Architects that are on a register under Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007, or
– Building Surveyors that are on a register under Part 5 of the Building Control Act 2007, or
– Chartered Engineers under Section 7 of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland (Charter Amendment) Act 1969.


Who chooses who carries out the role of assigned certifier?

The assigned certifier, will be appointed by the owner using a statutory form of appointment in the new regulations called a ‘Notice of Assignment of an Assigned Certifier’


When do you need someone to carry out the role of Assigned Certifier?

- Always when undertaking an extension to a dwelling over 40m2.
- Always when undertaking construction of a new building.
- Works to which Part III of the building regulations apply.



OTHER PROFESSIONALS


Depending on the complexity of the project, or the preference of you the client, it may be advisable that the services of the following professionals, in addition to the above, be required.

1. Quantity Surveyor

2. Services Engineer

3. Interior Designer

4. Landscape Designer

5. Building Energy Rating Assessor


Also the Planning Authority may require the appointment of other professional services, such as:


1. Archaeologists

2. Percolation Testing

It is necessary that all professionals whom you appoint be fully qualified, be in private practice and have adequate professional indemnity insurance. It is also important to ascertain the scope of works that each of your professionals will be responsible for and to agree a fee, in writing, to carry out this work prior to Appointment.

 

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