Terms of Reference - The
The clients brief is possibly the most important aspect of any engagement for the
building designer and client alike. Without a clear cut set of requirements of what you are trying to
achieve, the scheme may be side tracked or allowed to develop into something that is over budget and
fails to meet your expectations.
TERMS OF REFERENCE - THE CLIENTS BRIEF
To limit abortive fees and to ensure that value for money is achieved, it is
important that the clients requirements are established at the outset. CHP will usually discuss at length
issues and requirements at the initial site meeting.
Rather than relying on verbal information, it is usually a great help if the
client can schedule or sketch out their intentions so that CHP can give an accurate assessment on the schemes
viability and compile accurate drawings/specifications etc. right from the start.
Sometimes, it is not possible to determine the clients exact requirements at the
very start due to practicalities or lack of clients vision. In these instances CHP will usually develop an initial
sketch scheme to gain clients agreement to the overall concept before proceeding with the main scheme design