The Communion Process

The journey to transform an idea into a building breaks down into five independent but interlinked Stages.

A building project isn’t something to be taken on lightly. It’s a journey that involves difficult decisions and has enormous responsibilities. But it is also a journey that offers incredible rewards. It is an opportunity to take an idea, develop it and see it take its place in the landscape for generations to come.

Part of an architect’s role in your journey is to help you to enjoy it as much as possible. We will be your expert partner when difficult decisions need to be made. We will also do everything to remove as many of the unknowns as we can to ensure your journey is as inspirational and smooth as it possibly can be. At the same time we will never forget that your project is exactly that – yours. Our job is to utilise our knowledge, experience and connections to help you realise your dream.

Whether you choose to work with us on all the Stages or not, this section gives you a useful overview of the path your project will follow. You might also like to read what our clients have to say about the process.

Stage Zero: Idealise

Testing the Principle

According to Jim Rohn, “Fundamentals form the beginning, the basis and the reality from which everything else flows”.

Testing the Principle is the process of ensuring that a project is fundamentally sound.

On smaller or more straightforward projects, this process is brief and uncontroversial, so we carry it out as part of our first on-site meeting.

On larger or more complex projects, Testing the Principle is a separate piece of work that assesses the strength of the project and allows you to make an informed decision about how to take it to the next stage.

Testing the Principle considers the legal, financial and practical considerations involved.

This includes:

  • agreeing the problems that will need to be solved and how they will impact on the project.
  • establishing the spaces that are required.
  • considering the planning and legal constraints.
  • planning the likely timescales.
  • listening to your needs, wants and desires and making note where these conflict with other issues.
  • advising on budgets and helping you to prioritise what is truly important to the project.

Find out what happens at Stage One