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Our Services

 

All projects begin with a vision.

It needs technical and management skills, expertise and leadership to transform a vision in a building. Architects provide services and, also, have responsibilities to society because a good design affects user behaviour.

Our team has long experience in all stages of design, proved technical skills and strong expertise in construction management.For that we can support your projects providing the services below.

Architecture is our core business. We support you in all phases of your project covering all RIBA stages for new buildings, refurbishments and conversions, historical building restorations/conservations. Our range of services includes everything you need to define a clear brief, value the viability of your project and feasibility studies, concept design and developed design, planning and building control approval, cost analysis, technical design and tender documents, construction management, CDM 2015, and completion.

According to the brief we provide initial layouts, ideas, mood board, and sketches to show the potential and the options for your project. When the concept design is approved, we will start to produce all the drawings according with the agreement and what explicitly required in the contract: our team has the resources to produce renderings and computer-generated images (CGI) to illustrate the project more clearly.

Bureau69 has been awarded, mentioned and shortlisted for several architecture projects in different country.

Bureau69 Architects has a substantial experience in interior design across a wide range of sectors: high and mid-end private houses, commercial and office fit-out, bespoke design and furniture design, joinery. We collaborate with master carpenters to define all details and to find out innovative solutions. Recent achievements include the Best Italian Interior Design project 2018,  Best Bespoke Furniture design firm 2019

Most new buildings and alterations/conversions of existing buildings need permission from the Local planning authority (LPA), called Planning Permission. If your property falls within a conservation area you will almost certainly require planning consent before you are able to start your works. Certain minor works, don’t need planning permission as they fall under what is called Permitted Development. We can advise you, assist you in dealing with your LPA, with the conservation officers and submitting the planning application providing the complete set of drawings and specifications for your project.

Before your project commences you need to obtain a Building regulation approval to comply with the Building Regulation, the minimum standard for design and construction. This stage is very important and it’s important to know when approval is needed and when it is not. We can provide assistance and support, and we can provide the full set of Building Regulation drawings to be approved. A detailed set of drawings also helps you to obtain a quotation of your project from contractors to give you a reliable cost of before starting on site.

Before the building phase, the project must be developed in detail and must be prepared a number of technical documents which define the “tender package”. This package is necessary to obtain the quotation of the works. We will assist our client in choosing the most suitable construction based not only on the most advantageous price. We select companies based on their background, financial reliability, technical resources, and previous experience for the specific project.

On construction site our task will be to regulate the building contract (contract administrator) between client and company, to oversee the works with an adequate number of site visits, to verify that the works comply with the regulation and drawings / design. It will be our task to list  the defects and monitor the rectifications, check the progress of the work and issue the related payment certificates. At the end of the work the Certificate of Practical completion will be issued.

During the construction, we would oversee the building works on a regular basis, checking them for compliance with our design, answering the contractor’s queries and, if required, providing additional information. Upon completion, we would inspect the works, prepare a list of defects and monitor their rectification.

Where appointed the Contract Administrator, we would act as the Client’s agent managing the construction contract, reporting the Client on the progress, controlling variations to the scope of the works, assessing the Contractor’s applications for payment and issuing interim certificates. At the end of the works, we would issue the Certificate of Practical Completion and help the QS prepare the final account.

When a project is completed, and the client is in occupation, we sometimes are asked to monitor the performance of the building, advise on any further modifications and minor adjustments and assist in the post-contract evaluation of the project.

We take the Client’s budget and programme extremely seriously and will give shape to the project goals right from inception.  From the initiation and planning stages through to the execution of the works on site, we monitor key targets and key milestones to ensure the proposals are developing in line with the project’s constraints.

The Construction (Design and Management) regulations 2015 aims to improve health and safety in construction by helping those who work in the industry to sensibly plan the work so that the risks involved are managed, coordinated and communicated from start to finish. Bureau69 Architects can fulfil Principle Designer duties as required in the CDM 2015, coordinating health and safety matters during the pre-construction phase.

The office has operated in Sicily since its first establishment in 2003. Thanks to the experience gained and the close collaboration with local professionals, we are able to support both private and business related clients.

We can help you to identify which property is most suitable for your investment, whether it is for residential, commercial, or touristic purposes. We specialise in the hospitality sector and boast several projects for holiday homes, bed and breakfasts and hotels. The Sicilian territory is the perfect place for tourist investment with ever increasing demand. Bureau69 has the resources and knowledge to support you at all stages of your prospective investment: from assessment of feasibility and verification of the building compliance to regulations, up to following all procedures for obtaining legal approval, the construction phase and project management.

Sicily has a high percentage of UNESCO heritage sites as well as conservation areas and many historical buildings protected by the “Sovrintendenza ai Beni Culturali e Ambientali” which requires consent to be developed. Our extensive knowledge of bureaucratic procedures allows us to guarantee you the best result and avoid bad experiences and wasted time.

Sicily also receives various contributions from the European Union for investments in hospitality and agriculture. Our network allows us to be updated on all possible forms of financial aid and to organise the procedures for obtaining the funds suitable for your investment.

Our professional network works with a fully integrated approach (BIM) and includes structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, surveyors, landscape designers, experienced planners, and other professionals from specialist sector. Therefore, we are able to deliver a fully coordinated design service.

TESTIMONIALS

Marco

 I involved Massimiliano and Bureau69 upon the renovation of my home asking to combine smart solutions and create new spaces with pleasant interior design. The result was very good using colours, lighting, and materials (as wood for details and vertical lightning and particular stoneware for pavements). He also optimized the cost to comply with the budget and completed it on time.

Lara

… The architect immediately proved his capacity and expertise in shaping the space in an efficient and useful way, although the complexity of the structure… He worked both in the design and in the construction phase with extreme competence and excellent management of the entire process. Max also designs all the furniture, creating pieces of remarkable quality and elegance.

Nic

I immediately had the opportunity to perceive technical competence, historical knowledge and the right sensitivity for the complex setting. It was important to operate with modern technology in a historical building. I really recommend Bureau69 for the precise and sophisticated details, for the precision of each intervention, the delicate taste and the extraordinary use of colours and fine materials. 

Graziano

I was always attracted by the way Max imagines the space. He really likes materials and technological details. He is passionate about new solutions and bespoke solutions. His projects have always something different: I can say that I know well all his work and never I saw something already seen in other projects. He surprised me with his design skills, his competence, his problem-solving approach, his passion for his job.

John

…He provided valid solutions to all the requests, optimizing the layout. Many of his ideas were innovative and unique that have given character and originality to my house: he designed the new layout, to allow the natural light to reach the central part of the house…With any doubt, he managed perfectly all the stages and give that added value to the property by making it comfortable, welcoming and modern.

Antonino 

For us, that project sounded like “weird”. A complex mix of different elements, most of them designed in oak wood: the aim was to redefine completely a space that appeared empty and boring. The project was complex, and we didn’t see something similar before but we decided to start and to live that challenge. The project was successful: it was awarded as Best Italian Interior Design 2018.  

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OUR METHOD

How we work

The design process begins, takes shape and ends with a focus on the clients- needs, inspirations, aspirations, aims, budget and timeline. Through a continuous dialogue we produce ideas, sketches, mood boards, floorplans, CGI images, models and everything we need to offer a clear exposition of our solutions, and depending on the agreement.

Once the most suitable solution is agreed, all the technical documents are produced to develop the project and define the details for the purposes of the right quotation and realization. We work closely with builders, finished craftsmen, installers in order to deliver work with a high finishing standard.

For a better understanding we attach below an abstract from RIBA’s publications: “RIBA plan of work 2013 Overview” and “Working with an architect for your home”. The description below must be intended as an example. Each project will be regulated through a specific agreement which reflects the client’s need and the specific scope of work .

 

 

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STAGE 0 / 1

Preparation and Brief

This is the most important part of the project and where the architect can add real value. The architect will undertake some preliminary appraisals to assess the options and feasibility of the project. This can range from a sketch design solution to a full feasibility study and will enable you to decide on the best way forward. They will identify the need for any approvals and other consultants, most commonly a structural engineer.

STAGE 2

Concept design

Using the initial project brief your architect will develop outline proposals. The architects will present a number of initial concepts for you to choose from. They will also liaise with local planners as a priority. The final design brief should reflect your aspirations and provide you with a home that adds value and improves your quality of life.

STAGE 3

Developed design

The architect will spend more time at this stage transforming ideas into something that can be built. This includes coordinating the work of other consultants into the designs. Once agreed, between you, the design proposals will then be submitted for planning approval, if required.

 

 

STAGE 4

Tecnhical design

The architect will now prepare the technical drawings and a specification and/or a schedule of works that will be used to price the tender and construct the building. The architect can then invite and appraise tenders from builders and administer the building contract on your behalf.

STAGE 5

Construction

Throughout the construction phase the architect will administer your contract with the builder, carry out regular inspections, deal with queries, instruct any additional work required, monitor progress on site, keep track of cost, value the works and certify payments due to the builder.

 
 

STAGE 6

Handover and Close out

When the project is ready to handover the architect will make a final inspection and certify completion. The architect will be available after handover and during any defects period to arrange for certifying the final payment.

STAGE 7

In use

This stage acknowledges the potential benefits of harnessing the project design information to assist with the successful operation and use of a building. Post-occupancy evaluation can be undertaken to provide the client with a feedback and evaluation process after the buiding is completed and occupied.
 
 

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