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REQA are most comfortable when we partner with people for the entirety of their building journey. A project can be full of unknowns and a daunting proposition. Our roadmap has been curated and refined based on experience and lessons learned. 
Aerial view of the house overlooking the front | REQA Architect Design | New bespoke house urban residential | Chelmsford Avenue Larne

Replacement of a detached dwelling on an infill urban plot with a bespoke home in Larne.


The journey starts with connection. We find out as much as we can about your project and vision. We ask what your expectations are of the build, budget, timescales and the service we can offer. Once the details are correlated, we will send you a formal agreement, and the ball is rolling!


To start the project in the best possible place, we value spending time with clients to define the brief. We want to uncover what your ambitions are and develop a vision together. These conversations are documented and form the Project Brief - a text articulation of the goal or direction.
Foodbank Concept - Sketch Section transparent | REQA Concept Design Study Project


We value a 40 feet perspective of the project before digging into the nitty-gritty details. Time dedicated to engagement meetings helps us understand how the client can (and should) influence the design. Without being invasive, we like to be inquisitive. We want to ask about habits, way's of life, style tastes and more. Analysis and surveys of the project location uncover opportunities and restrictions that will influence what is possible. Finally, we research and mood board images, materials and references that will play a part in our design phase.
House - Site block massing diagram | REQA Architect Design | New bespoke house rural residential | Ballymacbredan Magheralin


Of all stages along the journey, this is the fun one. We take all the information gathered and blend it with our design experience. Our process is iterative, where we dedicate time to investigating various solutions. 2D sketching, 3D modelling allow us to develop thoughtful and suitable proposals. A concept is born that responds to the brief, a living response to the brief. We like to focus this into one or two options for the next stage.


Our goal in design is to present something unexpected that can redefine clients' perceptions for the project. An evolution of the original vision and ambitions considered with principles of architecture as well. This is often a mini-stage in the process and can take as long as needed. Back and forth exchanges allow the design to arrive in the right place for REQA and the client.


REQA act as agents to obtain the statutory permissions required for building developments to proceed. We take care of the process from submission right through to decision making. This stage is outside of our control in many ways, yet we work hard to convince and inform authorities about the project. Our attitude is to be responsive and available to answer queries or supply information in a bid to get approvals as soon as possible.
Community building Monopitch Roof | REQA Architect Design | New Build Community and Sports Facility | Kilcoo Eoghan Rua GAC County Down


Intertwined with the consent processes, we work alongside other consultants at various points. We lean on our consultant network to cover all the specialist details of the design. At the appropriate stages, different design team members come to the fore and add their expertise to aid progress. This isn't a case of too many cooks; think of it instead, as many skillsets collectively working toward a thoroughly considered technical design.


Finding the right fit for the construction phase is hugely important. We can help with that. REQA regularly organise tender processes for our client's. This includes a cost schedule for the build to assist financial management. We ask questions that offer insight into capability and experience. Before making a commitment, this process affords clients an insight into the company trusted to complete the project.
On-going construction photo - Main Hall Steel Portal Aerial | REQA Architect Design | New build church hall | St Cedmas Church Inver Park Larne


It all becomes real when the machinery starts arriving on-site and work starts. From the first day we keep tabs on progress, routinely visit the site, update information, send many emails and manage progress review meetings. REQA is the primary communication channel for everyone involved in the building phase, which ensures a smooth and accountable result.
Refurbished and upgraded Sports Hall | REQA Architect Design | Community and Sports Building - Extension & Refurbishment | O Neills GFC Blackwatertown Armagh


First in last out. When the construction process comes to an end, we review every minor detail to make sure we are satisfied. REQA doesn't stop when the building is formally signed off, we are still available for catching up and making sure the original vision has been realised.
New Sports Hall | REQA Architect Design | New Build Community and Sports Facility | Kilcoo Eoghan Rua GAC County Down

Double height community / sports hall at Kilcoo GAC.

Living room with access to private garden patio | REQA Architect Design | New semi-detached house residential development | Stranmillis Road Belfast

Finished living room with private garden patio overlooking the woodland beside the River Lagan.

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