Our Services

Full Building Design


We offer a wide range of services all of which can be tailored to your specific requirements. Our full design service can guide you through your entire project, from idea to completion. We can also administer a building contract if you choose to use one – or we can work with you only on the parts that you require.

Design To Suit Your Life

Fife Architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. Our skills at identifying your aspirations and needs along with our knowledge and experience provide the best base for your project. Whether you are thinking about a simple house extension or a large hotel development, building projects can be daunting whatever the scale, but the same basic criteria apply. Many people will offer to design or alter your building, but it takes an Architect to maximise its potential and to do so with flair, integrity and style. We can guide you through the complex procedures of planning permission and building regulations and monitor the builder’s work through to completion.

All of our services are underpinned by the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) appointment documents which will be agreed with you.

Bespoke House Designs & Self Builds

Commercial & Retail Design

Home Renovations & Extensions

Social & Affordable Housing Design

Green Design & Sustainability

Contract & Site Administration


Initial Consultations & Pre-Purchase Consultations

If you are just beginning your project or perhaps thinking about doing something but not sure what, we can visit your property or plot and spend time discussing your requirements and the implications of these with you in an Initial Consultation. Or maybe you are thinking of buying a property and could do with a professional opinion on the place before you make an offer, which is where a Pre Purchase Consultation is useful. If you would like to book a consultation – please contact us and tell us about your project.

Stage 01

Preparation of the Brief

At the beginning of each project, its purpose and intensions, together with its schedule of accommodation, site and budget are formed in to what is know as a brief. The brief is something that we develop together with you, in order to be as thorough as possible from the outset, and becomes the backbone of your project.

Stage 02

Initial Design

Based on your agreed brief, initial decisions in the design stage will include formalising which rooms need to be adjacent, where stairs and fire escapes are needed, what external materials are preferred…there is a lot to consider! The Initial Design stage allows us to test the project and make sure we are on the right track in terms of your requirements and budget.

Stage 03

To Planning Application

The outline design is developed to show a defined appearance for the building, how fixtures and fittings are incorporated and how important details of construction are intended to work. We will check that the design proposals are within the brief parameters and in harmony with your stated objectives as regards quality, long term maintenance and performance. We will at this stage provide the information for design and layout to accompany your application to the local authority planning department. Legal information required by the local authority, e.g. site boundary, rights of access etc. should be referred to your lawyer. Your approval of the design drawings marks the completion of the primary design stages.

Stage 04

To Building Warrant Application

The application to the local authority for a building warrant requires the project architect and consulting engineer to submit drawings and calculations which show how proposals comply with the current Scottish Building Standards Regulations. Key construction details and building envelope specifications are defined at this stage and would form the basis for the more detailed construction documentation package.

Stage 05

Construction Documentation

Once the building warrant is issued and the technical drawings are complete, the way is clear to prepare the construction documentation in preparation for tendering the project to the potential contractors. There is a great deal of coordination and dialogue required for the drawings to reflect the client exact requirements, so expect revisions to the design.

Stage 06

Tender Administration

The documents usually comprise the contract drawings, the specification of materials and components, the Bill of Quantities which can be prepared by a cost consultant (Quantity Surveyor) and the Conditions of Contract. The latter two are normally in a standard format and define the obligations of the parties to the contract, namely the client as the ’employer’ and the contractor.

Stage 07


The contractor consents to organise and direct the building work in accordance with his contractual obligations, and to supervise the work so as to achieve satisfactory completion on time. In traditional procurement, the chartered architect’s role as contract administrator is to make periodic site visits to inspect the general progress of the work, to issue instructions to the contractor and, if necessary, to reject obviously unsatisfactory work. During construction, we will report to you on matters of progress, on any unforeseen circumstances on site, any variations in budget or programme and will issue periodic certificates for stage payments due to the contractor.

Stage 08

Post Completion Work

Once the construction work is complete, there is a number of administrative duties that need addressed, particularly in obtaining the adequate completion certificates and certificates of design from the many different trades. There is also work involved in dealing with the contractor to address any defects or snagging items which may arise after the site completion.

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