Thinking about building? Appointing Sisco would be your best move.

Whether you are a developer, or a contractor, or a homeowner planning to build a new house or alter or extend your present home, it makes perfect sense to consult us first.

What Sisco’s architects can bring to your project – Not just the production of a set of drawings…

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As an RIBA Chartered Practice we can help you realise your ambitions by guiding you painlessly through the design and construction processes. The services we provide extend far beyond simply producing a set of drawings; we handle all of the associated paperwork and bring imagination, value for money and peace of mind to your project whilst keeping it on track and on budget.

Imagination – We can lift your project out of the ordinary and help you achieve your aspirations and vision. We are trained designers who will explore with you your needs and desires and find inventive and practical ways to enhance your living environment.

Value for money – In effect, we are professional problem-solvers. Our experience and insight can help stretch what can be achieved within your budget and add value to your project. We can suggest new and cost effective ways of utilising space and light and can enrich the proposed palette of materials, finishes and fittings by finding the right balance of quality and cost. We can also find a builder at the right price, and propose design solutions that will minimise the building’s running costs whilst maximising energy efficiency. At a fraction of the cost of your project, our fees will prove to be a sound investment.

Building Information Modelling - At Sisco, we are currently running the most up to date software and are working to BIM level two. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is changing how buildings, infrastructure and utilities are planned, designed, built and managed. This allows us to assist clients in delivering faster, more cost effective and more sustainable projects throughout the duration of the construction process as well as the buildings lifecycle.

Peace of mind – When you appoint Sisco, you will have a team of professionals on your side who know the construction industry inside out. You will be working with one or more architects who have undertaken seven years of architectural training – no other building professional is trained in design and construction matters to such a high level.

The term “Architect” is a protected title, and UK law requires those that use it to be registered with the Architects Registration Board (the ARB*). Only architects registered with the ARB and with the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects (the RIBA) can be called “RIBA Chartered Members”. Architectural practices which meet certain eligibility criteria, including requirements for the number or proportion of chartered architects employed in the practice, can register with the RIBA’s Chartered Practice scheme. Being an “RIBA Chartered Practice” is a mark of excellence, and provides an assurance of the practice’s quality, design and service capabilities.


There are more than 3000 RIBA Chartered Practices in the UK, ranging from sole practitioners to large practices that work on projects all over the world. By appointing an RIBA Chartered Practice like Sisco you can be assured in the knowledge that it has been accredited for meeting key quality standards such as having appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII), an effective quality management system, a suitably comprehensive health and safety policy and a sound environmental policy.

*The Architects Registration Board is the independent registration body for architects in the UK, for more information see www.arb.org.uk.

Setting the design brief

A design brief is your wish-list. It will cover everything we need to know about what you want from your project. A well written design brief is essential to success. It should be clear and unambiguous, and should set out your key requirements, outline your vision and communicate your aims and aspirations. It should also describe the main function of the finished project, outline your motivations and expectations, establish the design direction, describe lines of communication and set a realistic timeframe and budget.

One of an architect’s most important skills and roles involves helping to formulate the design brief. An architect can point out what is possible in terms of cost and design, after asking you questions and considering your replies. Your appointed architect should be well placed to identify the best and worst spatial characteristics of your building and to offer ideas that will enhance the space.

Your contribution at this early stage is vital, and would involve a number of discussions which would be essential for the success of the project. Overall, the design brief forms the basis of the professional contract you will sign with your architect.