OCCA DESIGN Work Stages in Interior Design

Client’s often don’t know what to expect during the interior design process, so we’ve put together our guide to the 9 interior design work stages that we undertake across our residential, hospitality or commercial projects.

These key work stages are also designed to wrap around the RIBA’s Plan of Work, which is the definitive UK model for building design & construction processes. On smaller projects we adapt the stages to suit.

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Interior Design 9 Key Work Stages

  1. Feasibility

    This initial phase of the project includes preliminary studies of the site or property. We will find out more about you and your design ambitions for the project along with your timescales & budgets, We'll work with you to build a detailed brief and identify your design preferences.

  2. Concept

    Concept Design is the beginning of the creative process. Through design workshops, we'll develop architectural layouts for your property as we begin to investigate finishes, design styles and influences. We'll create renders and early 3D models describing the volumetric aspects of the design.

  3. Development

    Throughout the design development stage we get into the detail of the scheme. We'll refine the internal layouts and specify key finishes and materials for the floors, walls, furniture etc. while we define the lighting concepts and M&E requirements for final sign off.

  4. Technical

    With the design signed off, we move onto the Technical Design stage where we prepare a co-ordinated, fully-detailed, technical construction pack for the project, including downtakings on refurbs and all the proposed new details for the build.

  5. Production

    We've completed the construction details so next we will develop fully detailed finishes schedules and FF&E specifications for every area in the property, designing out joinery, sanitary and electrical requirements for the Tender process.

  6. Tender

    As the detail design stages are complete, the tender process begins. We work with your design team to advise on the best form of contract & appropriate contractors. Together, we'll issue the tender pack and develop the construction programme.

  7. Mobilisation

    Once the contractor is appointed, we'll undertake workshops to review the design proposals with them in detail and advise on any specialist sub-contracted elements of the project, assisting them in mobilising resources as required.

  8. Construction

    While the project is on site we will work closely with the contractors and FF&E supply chain to achieve the successful implementation of our design along with the installation and commissioning of all the associated FF&E.

  9. Post PC

    As the project concludes we will visit site to inspect all the works & prepare a schedule of defects if required, We'll suggest remedies for the defects and assist the project manager in preparing and issuing the practical completion certificate.

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