- Very briefly, what is the architect’s role on site?
The role of the architect is synonymous with building design. During construction; costs, time constraints, and contractual pressures can occupy client and contractor attention.
The Architect retains an essential role during construction, remaining focused on delivering the projects original design intent through co-ordination, communication, and collaboration.
Site work frequently involves liaising with different teams, ensuring they are working from up to date drawings, monitoring accuracy, and progress.
- Does The Manser Practice encourage its young architects to go on site, and if so, why is it important?
From the outset as a fresh-faced Part One Assistant I was encouraged to attend site meetings and inspections. This experience was vital in enabling me to understand how the information I produced was to be used.
- Describe your impressions when you visited your first project on site with The Manser Practice?
The first site I visited with The Manser Practice was the refurbishment of grade II listed Ashgate House in Chesterfield. The site formed part of Ashgate Hospice’s Estate and the project included patient areas, office space, and new dining facilities. The building dated back to 1750 and was in poor condition both structurally and cosmetically.
Walking around site for the first time I was excited when imagining how our design proposals would significantly improve the tired and damp building. When construction started the site became busy with activity, teams of contractors worked around one another to fulfil their own set tasks; collectively working towards achieving the overall project ambition.