UnaKaya

EMERGING, DESIGN-LED Architectural Practice in Blackheath, London

Architecture

Services

Architectural Design and Drawings for New Builds, Refurbishment Projects and Extensions


Planning, Listed Building, Building Control Applications


Tender and Construction Drawing Packages


Design and Refurbishment for Hospitality Projects, Restaurants, Cafes, Take-Aways; Licensing Drawings; Signage and Advertisement Consent Applications

Process

We work in accordance with RIBA Plan of Work 2013 which defines 8 work stages for projects. In a nutshell the process is as follows:


Preparation & Brief

A good brief is essential for a successful project which brings value to its users. We assist our clients to define their project by listening to their ideas and requirements.  We discuss budget, expectations, planning procedures and timescales. We also create scaled drawings of the existing building to work on.


Concept Design

This stage is about feasibility of different options. We prepare sketch designs which illustrate how some or all parts of the brief may be achieved in different configurations.


Developed Design

Once our clients agree the sketch proposals, we prepare a set of drawings which articulate the design ideas. This is the stage when we apply for planning, listed building consent or certificate of lawful development applications.


Technical Design

After all approvals are secured we start detailing the project. The details include construction and manufacturing information, thermal insulation specifications, sanitary ware, kitchen equipment, finishing specifications, etc. We also submit the Building Control Application for the project.    


Construction

We assist our clients with tendering procedures, help them choose a competent and reliable builder. During the construction we respond to site queries, revise drawings, instruct any changes, value the work and issue payment certificates. 


Handover & Close Out

When the project is completed we inspect the works and issue completion certificates. We are also available during defects period (usually 6 months) and issue final payment certificates. 

Projects

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The complete refurbishment and internal layout adjustments to a Victorian terraced house in SE18.

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Sketch proposals for internal layout changes and single storey rear extension to a terraced house within conservation area in SE3.

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Basement extension to the full footprint of the house combined with two storey rear extension for a locally listed detached house within conservation area  in SE10. (with Architecture & Partners) 

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Sketch proposals for internal layout changes and planning approval for a front dutch gable style dormer extension to a property within conservation area in SW10. (with Sampson Associates)

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Basement extension and two storey rear extension with basement to create two new retail units and two self contained flats for a locally listed building within  World Heritage Site in SE10. (with Architecture & Partners) 

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Detailing of a shepherd's hut to be used as external seating for a pub in Spitalfields Market in E1. (with Sampson Associates)

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