• Our Services: Preparation And Brief

    Brand Familiarisation

    Found can undertake a brand familiarisation process for any retail or commercial company. This applies to both new brands who are looking to translate their brand values into a physical presence for the first time, or established brands looking to realign themselves with the ever-changing retail landscape. The objective of the brand familiarisation is to:

    • Explore the brand’s vision.
    • Explore the brand’s personality.
    • Explore the brand’s core values.
    • Understand the brand’s customer.
    • Assess the brand’s existing built environment.
    • Formulate an initial approach to a new design solution.

    Brief Development

    A clear brief is crucial to the success of a project as it describes the requirements for which the design provides the solution. In many cases, this is the first attempt made to describe the project requirements in detail. Found can help develop the initial brief so there is sufficient detail to allow the design process to commence and the consultant team to be appointed. The brief will continue to be developed throughout the design direction and concept stages of the project. The objective of the brief development is to:

    • Ascertain the project objectives.
    • Explore the project’s spatial requirements.
    • Assess the site and context.
    • Establish any sustainability expectations.
    • Confirm budget.
    • Analyse development costs.
    • Assemble the project team.

    Feasibility Study

    Found can undertake a feasibility study during the early stages of a project. They tend to be carried out when a project is complex, or where there is some doubt or controversy regarding the proposed development. The objective of a feasibility study is to:

    • Establish whether the project is viable.
    • Help identify feasible options.
    • Assist in the development of other project documentation such as the business case, project execution plan and strategic brief.
    • Study planning history.
    • Assess local planning authority development plans and applications for adjacent buildings.
    • Assess site specific information provided by the client.
    • Analyse the budget relative to the client requirements.

    Building Appraisal

    Found can provide a design based appraisal of a building or space that you may be looking to purchase or rent. The objective of the appraisal is to:

    • Provide a desktop study of the sites planning history.
    • Assess local planning authority development plans and applications for adjacent buildings.
    • Study site context including access, boundaries, transport and traffic and an assessment of neighbouring properties and views.
    • Prepare photographic studies.
    • Space plan based on a program of requirements.
    • Identify assets and defects specific to the location and project scope.

    Estate Strategy

    Found can provide an estate strategy that evaluates the existing and proposed portfolio of buildings or spaces to assess the viability of each against the brief provided. The objective of the strategy is to:

    • Support business growth by advising on suitable land, buildings or units to acquire or rent.
    • Make suggestions for any development opportunity of land, buildings or units.

    Client Questionnaire

    Found have compiled a client questionnaire that is intended to be used at the initial stage of a project. Assembled by Found over the years through our extensive experience of working on projects it is continually updated as technologies and ideas move on. The objective of the questionnaire is to:

    • Clarify the brief. · Outline the process and programme.
    • Raise any client specific requests.
    • Clarify items that normally arise during the duration of a project to ensure decisions are made early.

    Assembling Project Team

    Found can provide advice on the extent of the project team required. We can put forward suggestions of trusted consultants we work with and obtain comparative quotes for the following services:

    • Project Managers
    • Quantity Surveyors
    • Building and Topographical Measured Surveyors
    • Planning Consultants
    • Heritage Consultants
    • Arboriculturists
    • Ecological Consultants
    • Structural Engineers
    • Mechanical and Electrical Consultants
    • Approved Building Control Inspectors
    • Fire Strategy Consultants
    • Principle Designers
    • Acoustic Consultants
    • Party Wall Surveyors
    • IT/AV Consultants
    • Security Consultants
    • Rights to Light Consultants
    • Legal Advisors

    If you require any planning and brief assistance for your project or have any questions, get in touch today.