As a versatile practice, we specialise in delivering architectural and interior projects that go beyond mere aesthetics. Our approach encompasses a comprehensive consideration of the practical human experience within a space, offering schemes and solutions that engage all senses for a truly immersive design.
As a chartered architectural practice, we adhere to the structured framework of the RIBA Plan of Work, delineating the process into eight discernible stages. This meticulous approach not only fosters transparency but also integrates the client seamlessly into the project. The result is a well-defined journey with clear project milestones, ensuring a robust and client-centric progression.
The RIBA plan of work provides a set framework for new interior design and construction projects.
Planning Design – RIBA Stage 0 - 3
Stages 0 & 1 - We engage deeply with our clients, delving into their needs and aspirations to define the project's requirements, ensuring not just satisfaction but exceeding expectations.
Stage 2 - Ideas take shape as we craft concept designs, a collaborative journey where refinement continues until all parties are in agreement. This thorough process allows us to meticulously fine-tune every element, exploring each facet comprehensively. Simultaneously, discussions unfold regarding potential involvement of other consultants in Stage 3, with considerations for a prudent pre-application meeting with the local authority.
Stage 3 - We bring the vision to life by preparing detailed planning drawings and, when ready, submit the application to the local authority.
For both private clients and developers, this process typically follows the same path.
Detail Design – RIBA Stage 3 - 4
Stage 3.1 – Once planning permission is granted we ensure that any planning conditions are discharged with the local authority,
Stage 4 - We add detail to planning level designs so as to construct the shell and core elements of the building.We also coordinate any external consultants and specialists required to complete the detailed design including; Structural / Civil Engineers, Mechanical & Electrical Consultants, energy Consultants, AV Specialists etc.
The final collation of design information is then used by contractors throughout the build and during this phase we also lead the process of obtaining Building Regulations conditional approval.
Private Clients & Developers: Typically this is the same processes for both
Tender Process – RIBA Stage 4
A list of potential tenderers is then formulated, normally 4-6 contractors sourced from reputable firms. We respond to all production information required by the tenderers and shortlist 3 contractors for our client’s consideration.
We then produce a detailed tender report that provides commentary on the shortlisted contractors and enables value engineering to ensure delivery of the best product within budget. Interviews are held and one contractor is formally appointed.
Private Clients: Typically this is the processes, or you may already have your preferred contractor early on in the process
Developers: Typically this is a process you carry out in house
Construction Phase – RIBA Stage 5 - 7
Stage 5 – Is typically Contract Administration, we can carry out regular site visits throughout the project to ensure that the work carried out is in compliance with the building contract.During this stage, we organise and chair regular project meetings to report and monitor progress against the construction program and contract. We are on hand to support contractors and answer any queries in order to prevent any delays in construction.
Stage 5.1 – We provide a checking service for specialist manufacturers supplies to minimise site issues including; Beam & Block Floors, Steelwork designs, joist plans, pre cast concrete plans, truss drawings, stair drawings, window & door schedules etc.
Stage 6 – Handover, we review the project, carrying out final checks to ensure that the finished construction has met or exceeded the expected standard. We can also if needed provide conveyance plans for solicitors and If we are providing Contract Administration service, we hand over to our client with a Practical Completion Certificate, has been built in line with their design and complies with statutory requirements.
Private Clients: Typically this is the processes, or you may wish to follow the developers path
Developers: Typically a developer won’t require contract administration but would require the manufacturers checking process and conveyance plans service
Envisioning grand possibilities is ingrained in our DNA, driving us to approach every discussion with a mindset geared toward exploring all facets of a project. Our abundance of inspiration emanates from people and their unique purposes for inhabiting and utilising space.
Consequently, our interior designs are crafted to inspire those who inhabit them. We, as a team, endeavour to transform spaces into experiences that people relish, whether it's in a workplace, residential setting, or retail environment.
Our adept team has the capability to fashion 3D tools, providing clients with a tangible visualisation of their envisioned space. This includes the creation of fully rendered stills and immersive 360 tools, allowing users to explore every facet of the space. From straightforward Sketch-Up models to intricate detailing and material changes, these tools facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the design.
This 360 example used on a mobile device can help to understand the scale and material applications to all visual aspects of any proposed scheme.
We appointed CMI to deliver on our workplace improvements programme, which included a collaborative furniture pilot, kitchen refurbishment upgrades and a refresh of our office layouts. Throughout the process CMIA has been very proactive, arranging showroom visits, introducing us to a furniture consultant and consistently producing plans that hit the brief. If I need to make changes to floor plans (and I often do) this is dealt with swiftly, patiently and always with good grace. I would wholeheartedly recommend CMIA as a highly professional and creative organisation who constantly deliver to the client’s expectations.
Sue Lewis – Head of Workspace Experience at Smart DCC
Our objective is to meticulously select sustainable materials for our projects while simultaneously educating our clients on the inherent merits. We believe in future-proofing buildings and interiors by advocating for the use of sustainable materials.
By accurately measuring, offsetting and committing to annually reduce emission 7.14% by 2030, CMI Architecture Ltd is not only Carbon Neutral, but in alignment with both Science Based and UK Government targets for Carbon Emissions Reductions.
James Poynter — Director at Carbon Neutral Britain
We are certified Carbon Neutral by Carbon Neutral Britain for the year 2023/24.
We have offset 15.57 tonnes CO2e emissions in the month of August 2023 alone.
We are a Royal Institute of British Architects – Chartered Practice, registered with individual staff registered with the Architects Registration Board CIAT as well as being accredited to the Cyber Essentials program. Our Interiors team is also a member of the British Council for Offices ensuring we keep up to date with current findings and practices.