When do I need an architect?
Architects are skilled professionals who have trained to perfect the art of designing and building architectural structures. That is why they have an impact on the aesthetics, cost and quality of a project, regardless of whether it's a brand-new house being built, minor amendments being done to an existing space (like a kitchen), or the designing/building of an extension being added to an existing home.
However, there is no law forcing anybody to employ an architect when building or improving on a structure.
Other professionals instead of an architect
If you already know what it is you want to achieve with an architectural project (such as renovating an existing room in your house) and you are making use of a professional builder whose judgement and vision you trust, then employing an architect is unnecessary. But should you have no idea how to go about something (like building a structure from scratch), the services of a professional architect can definitely make the entire process proceed much smoother.
To cut down on costs, a lot of clients speak to an architectural designer or technician. These professionals still possess the relevant knowledge and experience of designing small- and medium-sized homes and/or overseeing renovation projects, yet in terms of fees they don't charge as much.
Always remember that the architect you want to work with must be registered with the Architects Registration Board.
What can a Wakefield architect do for me?
Employing a Wakefield architect when your project is located in Wakefield will help to minimise costs. Making use of an architect from a surrounding area (such as Liverpool or Nottingham) will result in the professional needing to travel to the building site, which will lead to travel expenses.
Keep in mind that the different cities and regions in the UK all have their own councils. These councils have their own rules and regulations pertaining to architectural builds and renovations. By employing an architect from Wakefield, you ensure a professional on your team who:
· is familiar with the local climate and environment,
· has an understanding of the relevant building regulations,
· know all about the local authority rules,
· is aware of the best professionals (joiners, roofers, etc.) for the job.
In addition to being skilled in the art and science of building design, architects also ensure that their structures are functional, safe and economical. The finished design must also fit the needs of the people who use it, i.e. the process and specs involved with designing a hospital or office building differ significantly from designing a house or church.
An architect can also assist the client when it comes to obtaining construction bids, selecting the right contractors for the project, and negotiating construction contracts. It's also common for an architect to work with engineers, urban planners, interior designers and other professionals engaged in the same project.
How do I find the right architect in Wakefield?
homify is all about making design- and building projects easier, and that includes putting you in touch with the right professionals in your area. Therefore, to see which architects are available in the Wakefield area, simply click on 'Wakefield' in our selection of locations/cities at the bottom of the 'Architects' page. Alternatively, type in 'Wakefield' in the 'search' bar.
Every architect / architectural firm has their own page with additional information, including images and data of past projects, contact details, plus customer reviews (when available).
Besides searching on homify, there are other ways of finding an architect:
· Searching online for professionals in the building industry located in your area
· Asking for referrals from friends and family members
· Browsing design websites and magazines
How much do architects in Wakefield cost?
Ever since the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) abolished their indicative fee scales, it has become trickier discovering which architectural fees are charged by which firms for which projects.
But remember that different architectural firms charge different prices for their services. Generally, an architect's fees are quoted as being between 8% and 12%. However, the final costs will depend on various factors, such as:
· The history of the architect and/or his firm (more accomplished firms charge more than unknowns or freelancers)
· The size and scope of your project
· The complexity involved with your project
· The quality and finishes required by you
· The location of your architect and the building site.
What other professionals do I need for my project?
Building projects differ significantly which, in turn, affects the number and type of professionals who become involved.
A regular design (i.e. a ground-floor house being built) that provides no major issues will require customary professionals such as an architect, building team, roofer, etc. But for a more complex project (such as an entire business complex with various offices), many other experts can also work together with the architect, including the following:
· Designers specialising in specific areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, garden landscapes, etc.
· Project managers
· Plumbers and heating engineers
· Structural designers
· Structural engineers
· Stone masons
· Tree surgeons
· Window fitters
· Warranty inspectors, etc.
A brief history and the architecture of Wakefield
Wakefield used to be known as the "Merrie City" in the Middle Ages. Evidence of the Wakefield area being inhabited since prehistoric times was discovered in the form of flint and stone tools, and later bronze and iron implements, found at Lee Moor and Lupset. This part of Yorkshire was inhabited by the Brigantes until the Roman occupation in AD 43. Thereafter, various other clans and cultures settled in, including the Angles in the 5th or 6th century and the Vikings after AD 876.
The Wakefield cattle market was established in 1765 and become one of the largest in the north of England. As a centre for cloth dealing, the town received its own piece hall, the Tammy Hall, built in 1766. Wakefield's architectural portfolio expanded in the late 1700s with the addition of Georgian townhouses, as well as the Georgian structure St. John's Church.
The most well-known landmark in Wakefield today is the Wakefield Cathedral. At 75 m, it has the tallest spire in Yorkshire. Other notable landmarks include the Grade II Neoclassical Crown Court of 1810, and the Queen Anne Style County Hall of 1898.