Ailteir Studio

Ailteir Studio is an architects practice based in Bearsden, Glasgow, serving the local
areas (Milngavie, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie) as well as the West Coast,
Central and Southern Scotland.

The practice can accommodate all types of service from feasibility and planning applications to warrant,
construction information, production information and full project management services.

Ailteir Studio also offers a home consultancy service for the home owner who is looking for ideas and advice
to improve their property's layout and energy efficiency.

Since its conception in 2009 Ailteir Studio has worked on a number of extensions and refurbishments.
The principal architect, Matthew Merrick, is RIAS Chartered and brings over twenty five years experience
in architecture and construction in Scotland to the practice.

Ailteir Studio is registered with the Architects Registration Board and carries Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Matthew would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your needs.



Services

Ailteir Studio provides a wholistic approach to the brief and client requirements.
We aim to adopt a Scottish vernacular which is modern while respecting the original fabric
of a building and it's environment. Each client is unique, each site or property is unique,
every situation demands a bespoke solution which responds to the particular brief.



Design

After a briefing by the client to establish project aims an initial concept design stage is started.
This comprises a full site survey and sketch design phase called Work Stage A.
The drawings and concepts established at this stage form the basis for the following work stages.



Planning & Warrant Applications

Work Stages B-C are where we transfer the survey information and concept designs from Stage A to
Computer Aided Design software (CAD). CAD drawings are accurate representations of the concept and can be
used for consultation with local authorities and estimation of price by contractors. If required an application for
planning permission can be made. Ailteir-studio will consult with planning authorities and acquire permissions for
clients. When planning permission has been approved a warrant may be required which provides compliance with
Scottish Building regulations. Warrant approval is required before work may start. Ailteir-studio will coordinate
with engineers and building control to acquire warrants at Work Stage E.



Construction

Ailteir Studio may be appointed beyond the statutory approvals stage to provide construction and tendering information.
We can advise on contracts and appointments using standard RIAS and JCT contracts. The architects can inspect works
and issue certificates as contracts progress to completion and hand over if required.

Philosophy

Ailteir Studio provides a wholistic approach to the brief and client requirements.
We aim to adopt a Scottish vernacular which is modern while respecting the original fabric
of a building and it's environment. Each client is unique, each site or property is unique,
every situation demands a bespoke solution which responds to the particular brief.

Sustainability

We aim to provide the highest standards of modern construction and innovation with a sustainable
approach to materials and construction. A modern building has to perform to the highest standards
of engery conservation and performance. We use the latest materials and construction techniques
to achieve statutory and client requirements.

Pricing

Ailteir Studio offers a free first consultation and a no obligation quotation. Ailteir Studio's fees are calculated
in three possible ways. A percentage basis, a lump sum or time charged by agreement. The most common is
the percentage method where the architect's fees are calculated as a percentage of the total building cost.
Before fees can be estimated the client and architect need to establish the services to be provided,
the approximate budget and the type of work.

Architects divide up projects in terms of work stages expressed as a percentage of the whole.
Stage A is "Appraisal" used to ascertain if a scheme is feasible. Stages B-D develop a scheme from Stage A
into a brief with an outline set of drawings. Initial discussions with the statutory authorities may begin.
Stages D and E are usually associated with a planning application and then a building warrant application to
show the proposals comply with current statutory standards. Construction cannot start without a warrant.

During work stages F/G and H/ L the warrant information is developed further to produce construction
information and specifications for the builder. With traditional procurement the contract is administered
by the architect on site to completion.

Clients may select from these services as they require and payments are made in stages.
An architect's appointment is agreed with the client prior to work commencing.

Ailteir Studio carries full professional indemnity insurance.

“The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development
reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.”

Alvar Aalto – Architect



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