How to Proceed

Working with Dualchas makes the process of building more straightforward:


1.  Register on our website and let us know about your potential project.


2.  Contact us and arrange a meeting or consultation.  We can meet at our offices in Skye or Glasgow to talk through your brief and budget. We can also arrange a viewing of a Dualchas property.


3.  If you already have a site, we can arrange to meet you there - if you are looking to purchase a site or property, let us know and we can arrange to view it and give advice on the best way forward. Any information you have on the site, including any current statutory consents, will be invaluable.


3.  Dualchas will set out for you costs and timescales for your project  and let you know what other consultants may be required to be appointed ( such as engineers and quantity surveyors). We can then arrange for a contract to be drawn up, which is split in to stages. Payments are only due for the stages reached. The contract sets out the services provided by the architect.


4. Stage 1 will include a feasibility analysis and a sketch design. This will require a topographical survey, and will look at the site restrictions and opportunities, and the best approach in order to meet your brief. We will be discussing the structural approach and material finish, with ideas being explored and visualisations produced. There will also be a review of costs.


5. Once the sketch design is established, we will discuss it through with the planning authority prior to submission. It is best to get them on side early if possible. This means that when planning consent is applied for you have the best chance for gaining consent. Detailed information on the drainage, access arrangements, building massing and fenestrations, as well as materials will be included with the submission.


6. After planning consent is achieved, detailed warrant drawings are produced for submission to the council. This includes large scale drawings showing the construction of the building, demonstration of compliance with Building Standards, and a detailed specification. This will  allow a more accurate review of the budget cost. A structural engineer and heating engineer will also be working closely with the architect for the submission.


7. Once the council has approved the detailed drawings, construction drawings and specification are finalised for tender. The drawings and specification give clear instructions on how the building is to be constructed, and allows contractors to price the work. A quantity surveyor (Q.S.) may also produce a bill of quantities which provides the contractor with an itemised breakdown of the materials and work in the project so it can be priced accurately and competitively. Once the tenders are returned and analysed, a contractor is appointed.


8.  Dualchas will arrange for an appropriate contract to be drawn up between yourself and the contractor, who is responsible for the management of the project. This sets out the cost of the build, the date for completion, and how variations to the agreed work are dealt with. It also clearly oulines the responsibilities of the various parties. A Dualchas architect will administer the contract and inspect the works, ensuring that money is only paid for work completed . We can also advise on further warranties that can be taken out during the build process.


9. Money is retained during the administration of the contract so that only properly executed work is valued, although the responsibility for carrying out the work to industry standards is that of the contractor. A  specified defects period after hand over of the building will ensure that money is retained so that the building can be monitored. At the end of it all you will have a high-quality architect designed building which will far exceed the expectations you had when you first started the process.



March 15, 2017

Dualchas seeking Architect in Glasgow

Dualchas Architects is looking for a talented architect for the Glasgow office.  Should have at least three years post qualification experience and be ARB registered.  Should be creative ...

November 02, 2016

New Dualchas house in Sleat completed

Ancala, a Dualchas-designed house near Armadale in Sleat, south Skye, has been completed. The three bedroom house has dramatic views over the Sound of Sleat to the hills of Knoydart, with t...