SERVICES


FEASIBILITY

We provide our clients with desktop feasibility reports, using bespoke software, at the earliest stages of their projects; often before the purchase of their site. Our reports include advice on the potential for development and, to give this advice, we look at the site topography, planning history, conservation area status, listed building status, flood plane analysis, daylighting impact, party wall assessment, and planning policy. If appropriate, we will produce a massing model to illustrate our advice.
Our feasibility packs are often found to be essential in obtaining funding and assist in our clients producing detailed viability reports.

CONCEPT

During the concept stage of work we listen to our client’s brief; their technical requirements and emotional aspirations. We analyse the site and its context, and produce concept design packs that are often used to reinforce the potential of a development. In many cases, the concept stage of our services culminates in a pre-application submission to the local planning authority, which is a valuable indication of the potential success of a future planning application.

DEVELOPED DESIGN

The developed design stage takes our concept designs on to a further level of detail, enabling our clients to fully understand their development, how it will work for them, and how it will sit within its context. During the developed design stage, initial cost reports may be produced, along with other investigations required by the design team. GUNN Associates may act as lead consultant from this point onwards, organising the full design team of consultants, engineers, and surveyors.

The developed design stage will often lead to a planning application for the development.

STATUTORY APPROVALS

GUNN Associates have extensive experience of designing developments to exceed building regulations, and homebuilder guarantee providers’ guidelines. We work with, and lead, the design team in order to ensure that our clients’ developments satisfy statutory requirements.

TENDER DOCUMENTATION

More detailed than building regulations documentation, GUNN Associates will work with the design team to coordinate and lead the production of a suite of tender documents. We advise our clients on strategy for getting best value and optimum results for their development. We compile tender lists from our directory of known contractors and organise for the issue and return of the tender packs. This stage of our services often concludes with a construction contract being ready to be let to a building contractor.

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

GUNN Associates performs the role of contract administrator on construction contracts; from commencement on site to the issue of the practical completion certificate and beyond to the end of the defects period. We have experience in a range of contract types including traditional, design & build, and construction management. If required we act as employer’s agent, and can also be novated to the main contractor.

MASTERPLANNING

We have worked on several masterplan projects for our developer and educational clients. These masterplans look at projects on a macro scale and allow our clients to strategize the project at a very early stage, giving them economic and practical direction. We use site analysis software to assist in our reporting, as well as 3D computer modelling.

In the education sector we have produced masterplans for university and specialist education clients, referring to established contemporary strategic thinking.

CONSERVATION & HERITAGE

We offer conservation and heritage advice for a range of projects including those in conservation areas, affecting listed buildings, and where heritage reports are required. We offer this advice as a bespoke service for your heritage project. Our conservation architect will make detailed heritage surveys, provide reports, and inform your decision-making. We can also represent you at hearings and presentations.

CGI VISUALS

GUNN Associates can provide you with computer-generated models throughout the various stages of the design process. The models vary from ‘cardboard’ concept models to photorealistic images. Computer-generated models really help our clients understand their developments, from a very early stage. They are used to illustrate developments to all stakeholders, including funders, local authorities, and end-users. We also use them as an additional design tool.

BRANDING

If your project or development requires development branding then we can help. Development branding has become an essential tool for our developer clients to help them make sales before completion of their projects. Our services include providing you with a bespoke-designed micro-site and digital sales brochure; of course, we also work with you to name your development and create its graphic image.

INTERIOR DESIGN

For our developer clients, we offer a bespoke interior design service, which includes detailed kitchen and bathroom designs, overall interior concepts, and home-staging for show homes or rental properties.

SUSTAINABILITY

GUNN Associates are dedicated to providing sustainable design solutions and advice. Not only does this create developments that have a lower impact on the environment but also developments that are more economic to use.