We were recently contacted by the Architects Registration Board (arb) about the use of the word “Architect” on our website. It had slipped our attention that our web team had incorrectly used the wording in some of the title pages of our website as “Architect Lincoln” potentially misleading consumers looking for an architect in Lincoln or an Architect in Lincolnshire. We can’t call ourselves Architects Lincoln because we do not currently have a registered Architect working for the practice.
It’s likely a local registered Lincolnshire architect had in fact informed the Architects Registration Board of this. Whatever their motivation, you can’t blame them. The Architects Act is respected by us and should be respected by others, it protects those who have done the time, 7 years minimum, and after all ignorance is no defense.
So for the record, we do not profess to be architects, not yet anyway. However we do offer the same services of an architect and possibly more in some cases. For residential and commercial customers looking for an architect we know we offer value for money whilst maintaining if not exceeeding the quality you would expect from an architect.
Ultimately in the long term this is our goal, and we will be looking to appoint an Architect to join our architecture practice. We welcome anyone interested in joining our team to send in a CV to add to our file for future consideration.
Being a registered architectural practice with RIBA has it’s merits and whilst a badge of approval does not always proove quality, it at least sets a minimum standard. Like all professional bodies it ensures career development of individuals. In our own experience whilst working for a Structural Engineering firm in Lincoln it’s often those who can’t call themselves Architects who are far better at the job.
Home Extension – Craypool Lane, Lincoln
When a developer finds a prospective property he must assess the upturn in market value against what he is going to spend in order to realise this profit. In the recent boom years property developers could easily make a profit without even developing their asset. Holding onto a property for even just a few months could give a massive profit. So against the backdrop of a recession where house prices remain static or even decrease in value the developer has to be shrewd.
Knowing that location, location, location is paramount as different areas yield varying ceiling prices for properties; Ilex Building Services saw the potential for this property in the picturesque Lincolnshire village of Scothern.
Origin Design Studio was appointed to gain planning permission and provide supplementary Building Regulations services to turn the small two bedroom cottage into a remodelled three bedroom cottage. The proposal included for the removal of the existing lean to outbuilding into order to provide a two storey extension. Negotiation with the local planning authority WLDC resulted in a sub-ordinate side extension in order to clearly see the new addition against the backdrop of the existing property. Consequently the first floor area required a vaulted ceiling in order to retain the cottage feel for the building and provide adequate circulation headroom. Traditional looking windows and doors were installed to maintain the character of the property and conservation area.
The property was bought for £80k back in 2009 and a total of £35k was spent in order to extend and refurbish the existing building. It was recently valued at £145k making a healthy £35k profit. Not bad during the age of austerity!
If you are thinking of a building project and need architectural services drop us a line so that we can help. Alternatively you can contact Ilex Building Services at firstname.lastname@example.org