Leasehold matters – e.g. Dilapidations,
Schedule of Conditions,
Code for Sustainable Homes
Disability Discrimination Act
Party Wall Matters
CDM Regulations 2015
Architectural Design Services
Refurbishment & Fit Out
Space Audit / Planning
3D computer visualisation
Mistral Architects aims include strong design which are contextually relevant, incorporating buildability and longevity. This requires a thorough understanding of each client’s aspirations and constraints. We have a pro-active approach sharing ideas and being aware of both the clients and any stakeholder requirements.
Our design ethos is to find a design solution that responds to the client’s needs and is responsive to the context of the site whether adjusting or extending a listed building or creating a new building design. We use a modern approach where appropriate and would also be sensitive where a conservation approach is necessary.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
To assist with the design and the communication of the design ideas we use the latest BIM software produced by Autodesk and includes Revit and Enscape. These assist in producing accurate design models that can be visualised in three dimensions and we are able to walk through the building model to assist the design and allow the client to visualise the building and make adjustment to the design if necessary.
Mistral Building Surveying provides professional advice across a broad range of property matters relating to the ownership and occupation of commercial and residential estates. Our experience enables us to offer relevant expertise to meet the changing demands from the property industry.
A building survey involves a detailed visual inspection of a building and its services installations, to provide advice on its condition and potential liabilities when purchasing and occupying freehold or leasehold properties. We also undertake measured building surveys and record surveys of historic buildings for listed building consent.
Dilapidations is the term to describe disrepair arising from non-compliance with repairing liabilities in leases. Dilapidations arise both during and at the end of a lease and often lead to disputes between the landlord and tenant unless this is pro-actively managed.
A project manager is employed by the Client to put together a professional team responsible for design and procurement of a scheme, which depending on the client requirements, may include contract administration, the design and specification of the works, seeking competitive tenders and overseeing the construction works being mindful of quality, time and budgetary constraints. Our team can support you at all stages of your project, from inception, feasibility and conceptual design stages right through detailed design, construction, and testing and commissioning to handover, post completion support and maintenance.
Health & Safety /CDM Principal Designer
The CDM regulations were introduced in 1994 to manage the health and safety in the design and construction of buildings and we can act as the Principal Designer under the latest revision 2015 Regulations.
Health and Safety goes beyond simple compliance with statutory regulations and laws; for any person who works on the construction of a built asset or who maintains or uses it after completion, health and safety must be continually reviewed to safeguard persons at all times.
Our buildings have a big impact on our level of wellbeing and Mistral Architects and Surveyors can offer advice to assist the delivery of energy efficient buildings.
It is vital to consider how a development can provide a healthy environment from the outset to ensure that it is communicated to the project team. For shell and core projects major opportunities can come from the structure, building form and core services. For example, maximising daylight entering the building and careful placement of stairwells. With fit-out and refurbishment projects, notable opportunities include carefully planned internal layouts, materials selection, fittings and equipment.
We also support the Passive House approach. Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable and affordable at the same time.
Passive Houses allow for space heating and cooling related energy savings of up to 90%– substantially less than common “low-energy” buildings.
Passive Houses are praised for the high level of comfort they offer. Special windows and a building envelope consisting of a highly insulated roof and floor slab as well as highly insulated exterior walls keep the desired warmth in the house – or undesirable heat out.