Design and Build Process

At Anvil, we provide our clients with a clear understanding of the full design and build process, detailing each stage of the work required.

These fundamental stages are designed to encapsulate the RIBA’s Plan of Work, which is the definitive UK model for organising the process of briefing, designing, building and operating commercial projects.

Throughout each phase of the project we attend site on a weekly basis, holding design meetings and briefings. This offers clients the flexibility to choose whether to attend site or not, and should you not have time to be present, we provide visually documented weekly process reports to keep everyone fully informed.

For smaller tasks, we adapt and combine these stages to reflect the scale and scope of the work required.

At Anvil we value every client as a long term partner and often undertake smaller projects at short notice to assist with changes to your environment. Whether it’s the formation of a new meeting space, the installation of additional power for a new bank of desks, or a completely new tea point, our team can seamlessly deliver small works out of hours and at weekends. This gives your team and office the ability to grow and evolve with your business over time.


The initial phase of the process will commence with a preliminary study of the chosen site, gathering essential information about the building, organisation, headcounts, future growth requirements and required facilities. We undertake workplace utilisation studies to capture working patterns, business processes, and office culture, building a strategy for the property that delivers the most effective use of space and resources. Anvil works in collaboration with our clients to identify requirements, timescales and budgets, to create a detailed brief that incorporates their design and layout preferences.

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Concept design marks the beginning of the creative process. Developed architectural layouts and space plans are created to begin exploring finishes, design styles and influences that will sit harmoniously within each interior space. Sketches and early 3D models are created which enable visual descriptions of various aspects of the design.


During the design development stage, a deeper exploration of the detail of the scheme takes place. The brief becomes more refined and all key finishes, such as the materials used for floors, walls and furniture are reviewed. Additionally, lighting concepts and the M & E (Mechanical and Electrical) requirements are defined for final sign off.

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After the design has been signed off, a co-ordinated and detailed technical construction pack is prepared for the project. This pack will include documents that provide a wide range of technical information, from bespoke joinery requirements to the exact location of all of power and data sockets.


With construction details complete, the next stage of the process is to develop fully detailed schedules for finishes and FF & E (Furniture Fixtures and Equipment) specifications for every area of the build. This task also acts as an aid in helping to finalise cost schedules and prepare for the tender phase of the project.

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Anvil’s experienced procurement team collaborate with a variety of trusted partners, consultants, and suppliers to source, negotiate, and purchase furniture, fixings, and equipment requirements for our clients. We micromanage every step and create cost saving opportunities throughout the process. Once costs have been agreed, the tender pack is issued and the construction programme developed.


This is a preparatory stage of the process that refers to the activities carried out after contractors and teams are appointed by Anvil, but before they commence work. Coordinating with these partners, we undertake workshops to review the design plans with them in detail, provide advice on any specialist elements of the project, and assist them in mobilising resources as required.

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Mindful of your programme, our trusted construction team will work efficiently on site to ensure projects run to schedule. Anvil’s extensive commercial experience allows us to manage the entire scope and budget of the project. Weekly progress updates with detailed photographic reports are provided, and we work closely with sub-contractors and our supply chain to successfully implement the design and install fixtures, furniture and equipment in accordance with the general arrangement plan. We also oversee the installation and commissioning of all associated services, including mechanical, electrical and fire.

Post Project Completion

After the final clean-up, the finished project is presented to the client. This will include a walk round the completed scheme to inspect all the works, the preparation of a schedule of defects (if required), and a timeframe to rectify any minor problems. An operation and maintenance manual is then submitted which includes all practical completion certificates. Anvil is always available to revisit your project should you wish to expand certain areas or require any future alterations.

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