How Long Does An Architecture Project Take to Be Completed?Posted on Aug 27, 2020
The total time given to an architecture project is based on its location, size, and briefing. We have covered some estimates in this discussion to highlight the time taken for completion right from its planning.
Considerations for Key Architecture Design Timeline
1. The architects, engineers, and clients need to visit the site and conduct a meeting to discuss all the requirements you are having. If a building is already existing at the site, then a measured survey will be done that will serve as the basis for architectural design and planning proposals. Based on the work schedule, the task is usually done within 2 or 3 weeks. One month is generally take for preparing a sketch design. While the larger projects will have a complex brief, so developing the architectural drawings will take a longer time.
2. Time is even given to the clients to consider the proposals and discuss their ideas and comments within 1to 2 weeks.
3. Next, the architects prepare the planning application drawings and submit them to the Planning Authority, which further takes two weeks more.
4. Usually, the Planning Authority takes about 8 weeks for considering the Planning Applications. Hence, excluding any kind of unplanned circumstances, which might happen, the overall time will take about 16-18 weeks for having the Planning Applications. If the project is a larger one, or the location is a conservation area, then the Planning Authority will need an extended consultation period for making a decision.
5. On the Planning Approval’s receipt, the architects proceed to the Detail Design Stage. This is the stage where the information is gathered, and project size and complexity determines the detailed drawings and production calculations. A Structural Engineer is involved in this stage who takes a few weeks for scheduling and preparing the needed documents. Typically, they take about 6 to 8 weeks for preparing the Building Warrant package suitable for a 4 to 5 bedroom house, which includes the inputs of the consultants.
6. Then the architects submit the package to the Building Control Authority for statutory approval, where about 6 weeks and more are taken based on the complexity of the project. Hence, 12 to 16 weeks is the base time for the Detail Design stage.
7. Product information is gathered in the next stage, which includes building products, fittings, finishes, and materials. Together with the detailed drawings, this information is used for producing Tender Documents. The architects allow 4 weeks to complete it. The Quantity Surveyors are to be involved in this stage for preparing the documents and they take a few weeks for their task.
8. As the Tender Documents are ready, they are issued to some selective Contractors who take about 4 - 5 weeks for preparing a tender bid. On the basis of this tender process, anyone contractor is finalized. The Contractor takes about 4 to 5 weeks for mobilizing the works and program to start at the site.
9. Overall, 8-14 months are taken for completing the construction works.
An ideal project takes time beginning from 18 months since when the clients meet the architect and when the project is to be completed. The clients are allowed as team members to make decisions and collaborate on a journey wherein the architects are there to help.