UMC Architects consider the Concept Design, as a critical stage on any project, is an opportunity to capture all of the influencing factors and test ideas with the client and other interested parties.

The Concept Design is a key stage of any project; this initial design sets the parameters for the scheme design that follows.

It is important that the concept design captures all of the influencing factors that might inform the design decisions.

This stage of the project is often a critical ‘sign off stage’ by the client and we would usually expect there to be an intensive period of dialogue as the design brief develops in to the initial concept.

The concept design will consider the site context and other influencing factors such as:

  • Key visual receptors.
  • Site topography.
  • Local design standards or design frame works.
  • Site restrictions, easements or no build zones.
  • Sustainable targets to be achieved.
  • Existing landscape features or areas of special landscape interest.
  • Sun orientation and possible benefits to be gained.

We then develop a ‘site context plan’ that defines the influencing factors, from which the concept design can then be developed.

It is important that we establish from the outset what is to be achieved at this stage. The concept design follows initial feasibility when a client wants to progress a project to the next stage.

We produce schemes to this level for a variety of different purposes:

  • To clearly explain a proposed design to ensure that it meets the design brief.
  • To illustrate a proposed development to a planning authority.
  • For costing purposes to assist other consultants.
  • To consider options for discussion and further development.

The rigorous testing of a strong concept is important to ensure that the design solution meets the design brief and this is fundamental to the successful on going design development.

We make full use of our design and presentation skills to generate high-quality concept designs across all of our sectors, utilising 3d software where possible, to best illustrate our ideas.