Practice

The practice is now located in Stonehouse in a lovely Mill setting that not only provides the larger office we require but provides a good working environment for the staff, maintains our existing local contacts and enables us to travelling quickly in all directions via the M5 and M4 as well as the good railway links.

We have a great mix of creative, talented and professional qualified people that provide a wide range of experience, skills and knowledge for your project.  This along with our desire to use the latest technology to help provide a better understanding for our clients. All this backed up with a fully insured professional practice to help give you peace of mind.

Practice work over many years has always covered a broad range with an area of operation. Commissions have included a wide variety of projects of all sizes across the full spectrum of building types and clients. They ranges from traditional design and detailing for old and new buildings, including refurbishment, alteration, preservation and conservation through to all stages of the design, construction and fitting out of complex projects involving modern building techniques and specialist installations.

An unusual and key feature of the firm compared with others of our size, or larger, has been our diverse commissions and in particular our regular involvement in more major and complex commercial projects often involving tight programmes and non traditional methods for achieving the Client’s needs.

We maintain very traditional professional values of service but adopt a totally open and flexible approach towards the design and detailing of a project and the process for its construction. In addition to the normal tendering procedures we are experienced with alternative contract arrangements and building procurement routes.

These embrace arrangements for programme acceleration through negotiation and contractor participation, various forms of Design and Build and other non-traditional tendering and contractual methods designed to suit specific Client needs. We are used to working directly with either Clients or Contractors and sometimes both through “novation” for all or parts of the design and procurement process.

Throughout all our activities we give emphasis to understanding and meeting the requirements of the Client’s brief, especially budget and programme and to satisfying the needs of the building users.

We have a reputation for reliability, technical competence and commercial awareness. Our professional expertise is applied in the most flexible and effective way and we encourage a team approach and a close working relationship between all involved parties.

A Practice characteristic is the direct involvement and personal service given by Directors. They are full design and production working members of a close-knit group that provides all the necessary professional services throughout the project.

We regard project management and co-ordination, including the work of the whole design and construction team as natural and inherent characteristics of our role and we are very experienced with either providing these services or working effectively with other project managers. We are used to introducing other consultants to the project team to provide additional professional services and we often arrange their appointments directly for the Client or as sub-consultants to ourselves.

As a long established close knit very experienced professional team used to working together to achieve client objectives, we have the inherent skills, and operational methods that ensure the natural quality control of our professional activities. This is further supported by simple QA office systems.

The application of progressive flexible thinking, traditional skills and modern technology within an Architectural Practice of over 150 years standing and a wealth of broad experience, provides Eric Cole with unique qualities. These combined with our traditional personal service and commitment, form a secure basis for our team to reliably fulfil our Client’s needs and meet the changing demands of the property and construction market.