What value do architects add to developments?

Maximising the value of development projects can be challenging, particularly for new developers, so what value do architects add to developments?

There is no doubt that a good architect will add value, whether it comes from designing a product that is attractive to the market, changing use, improving functionality, increasing capacity or making a scheme more buildable. They will always look to develop solutions and propose ways to reduce the overall cost.

They apply impartial and creative thinking whether you are planning a new build, or adapting or expanding an existing property. Architects are fundamentally curious about situations and are excellent at problem-solving. Their involvement and value are apparent from the early design stages through to ongoing construction.

Architects will work to understand your needs and support your strategic decision making. From an early stage, your architect can assess the site, set out the options, carry out feasibility studies and help you develop the strategic brief into the project brief. Architects can set up and lead the design team to consult with the community, help achieve planning consent and complete the project more effectively and efficiently.

An architect will work to understand your business and ensure you maximise your investment. They will assess the best ways to achieve your aspirations and will present options to you and your stakeholders, enabling you to decide on the best route forward.

So what value do architects add to developments, well appointing one from an early stage could well be key to optimising the asset and creating value for you and your stakeholders.

Tonic Architecture is a RIBA registered firm and offers free initial consultations. Choosing an accredited RIBA Chartered Practice will give you peace of mind. They comply with strict criteria covering insurance, health and safety, and quality management systems.

Talk with Tonic today and they can listen to your ideas and plans as well as share details about similar projects they’ve worked on.

If you’d like further information, we have some downloadable resources to help explain the processes involved on the services page of our website, and the Royal Institute of British Architects also has lots of useful information on their website.

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Some of what we do


With you step by step

Step 1

The Chat

No commitments, no cost, just a simple conversation to better understand your thoughts.
Step 2

Your Needs

Capturing your requirements, helping establish potential costs and the top level structure.
Step 3

The Brief

Turning your requirements into a working brief that allows us to explore key details and techniques.
Step 4


Using the agreed brief to explore ideas and approaches in the form of conceptual designs and sketches.
Step 5


Taking the concepts further to look at how space is being used, focusing on how people interact.
Step 6


The next level of design, adding the critical details that inform the planning process and the project process.
Step 7


We work with the construction team to manage the approach to the project, from briefing and beyond.
Step 8


Reviewing all aspects of the delivery, checking compliance with the plans and giving you full confidence.
Step 9

In Use

We review with you post completion how the project has gone and how it is working out in use.

Views from Clients and Contractors

Having discussed the project with a number of other architects it was refreshing to find a contemporary but sensitive approach to the refurbishment of a historic building. Their attention to detail throughout the design, planning process and build was excellent.

B Arron

They have overcome many challenging planning issues and technical building problems, navigating the project team through historical building projects while keeping a keen eye on the clients’ wishes for design. It is a pleasure to work with them.

Tom Carter. Director, Stonewood Builders Ltd.