To help you understand how your project will progress, we have detailed a brief synopsis of each stage of the design process that you could typically expect for the average project.  If you would like to discuss any of the stages in further detail, drop us an email (details can be found at the bottom of each page) or why not give us a call?

Preliminary investigations are made during the site survey stage where position of manholes are obtained and pipe depths are measured where possible. Some projects may involve obtaining Anglian Water Authority/ Environment Agency consent where building over or diverting public/ shared sewers. In these cases, further investigations into the sites drainage systems may be needed including CCTV surveys and a full topographical survey. Some projects may also require the need for a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) and in these circumstances an external consultant is engaged by Contour Architectural Designs to undertake the design on your behalf.

Previously required for commercial projects, the new CDM regulations that came into force in 2015 now necessitate certain residential projects to be included to reduce the amount of accidents that take place within the Construction Industry. The previous role of "CDM Co-ordinator" has been deleted and a new role of ‘CDM Principal Designer’ replaces this role. This requirement places greater emphasis on the chosen architectural to eliminate as much risk as possible throughout the various design stages and any residual risk further reduced as much as is practicable in consultation with various layers of communication to you the client and your chosen building contractor. Contour Architectural Designs are required to ensure that you are fully aware of your role and responsibilities as client during the entire project lifespan from inception to completion.

Contour Architectural Designs is based on Canvey Island, which has been assessed as a Flood Zone 3a area with a high risk of flooding and hence the design team have a full appreciation of the needs of any design and build project in the area. Following a number of consultations with the Environment Agency and Castle Point Borough Council, Contour Architectural Designs are able to provide Flood Risk Assessments for projects based within the Canvey Island area however generally, these are only required and produced for new build developments such as houses and flats.

The Flood Risk Statements will include the following:

  • Detailed Flood Depths, Flood Hazard Ratings and Flood Inundation Times
  • Flood Resilience Measures detailing specific construction methods in order to help properties withstand flood events and limit damage to properties
  • Flood Response Plans which gives detailed information to homeowners on what to do in the event of a flood and other useful information

Contour Architectural Designs have also developed a new wall construction method alongside a qualified Structural Engineer which can be used for all new development sites on Canvey Island.  This new wall construction method is used in order to ensure that new properties within Canvey Island will remain intact if ever there was a flood event.

Our Core Services

Site / Building Surveys

Building Regulations Drawings

Planning Permission & Architectural Designs

Topographical Surveys

Structural Design

Drainage Surveys

Flood Risk Statements

Get In Touch

For more information on precisely what our architectural consultants and designers can do for your project simply pick up the phone and call our office on 01268 690974 or send a message through our contact page. Whether you’re making a general enquiry or wish to discuss a specific project, a member of our team will be only too happy to help.


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