At Plop Designs, we are passionate about the projects that we undertake. Our goal is to ensure that each project we work on is delivered to the highest quality, and to the complete satisfaction of all parties involved.

Approach

Plop is a design-led practice with an emphasis on a personalised approach to a client’s brief. We aim to provide a rewarding architectural experience for clients, creating elegant and effective solutions incorporating sustainable and affordable principles. Our holistic approach starts with narratives, precedents, context, viability, and programmatic requirements; it interrogates at all scales from overall form, structural engineering, to the interiors: materials, furniture and beyond. Our challenge is to express beauty, flow, light and space through design. Our combined expertise offers a wide range of design services including Architecture, Landscape, Interiors, Furniture, Graphics and Branding

Services

We offer a full range of architectural services from developing the initial ideas in close collaboration with our clients right through to the realisation of those ideas.

Our design process from inception to completion can be summarised into the following stages:

Stage 0

This stage starts from our first meeting, where we will discuss the project requirements in detail, talk about your aspirations and provide our initial assessment.

– RIBA Plan of Works 2013 Stage 0

– Identify Client’s aspirations

– Identify opportunities, constraints & project requirements

– Review Project Budget & programme

– Assist in preparing the initial Client Brief

– RIBA Plan of Works 2013 Stage 1

– Assist in developing the Client Brief

– Advise on other members of the professional team required to deliver the project

– Advise on planning and other statutory requirements

Stage 1

This stage starts with the measured survey, from which we will prepare layout options and 3D models in line with the agreed Client Brief. Once approved by the Client, we will submit the required information to the Local Authority.

– RIBA Plan of Works 2013 Stage 2

– Explore layout options to ensure that the design meets the requirements of the Client Brief.

– Develop Outline Proposals to agreed Client Brief

– Client sign-off

– RIBA Plan of Works 2013 Stage 3

– Assemble a team of professionals and agree their fees on Client’s behalf

– Lead and coordinate design development with required inputs from the professional team

– Develop Detailed Proposals from agreed Outline Proposals

– Develop Outline Specifications & Scope of Work

– Client sign-off

– Prepare report and drawings for Planning Application

– Prepare information for other statutory approvals (Building Control, Party Wall, License, etc.)

Stage 2

During this Stage, we will work up the approved drawings in more detail, including a full design package with specifications and scope of works. At the end of this stage, you will receive a package which will form the basis for a competitive tender.

– RIBA Plan of Works 2013 Stage 4

– Develop Final Proposals from agreed Detailed Proposals upon planning consent

– Develop Tender Specifications & Scope of Work

– Client sign-off

– RIBA Plan of Works 2013 Stage 4

– Advise on a suitable form of Building Contract

– Prepare documents required for tendering

– Invite, appraise and negotiate on tenders

– Recommend the best value contractor and administer building contract

Stage 3

This is the most crucial stage of a project – construction, where we will manage a suitable building contract for you. During this stage, we will liaise with suppliers (kitchen, sanitary, flooring, lighting, etc.) to ensure that all agreed details are coordinated, and selected materials arrive on time. We will also liaise with building control and all other parties to obtain the final certificate and building control sign off.

– RIBA Plan of Works 2013 Stage 5

– Regular site inspection to ensure that work is proceeding in accordance with Building Contract

– Provide further information for construction where required

– Review design work produced by contractor’s specialist subcontractors

– Certify payments for completed work and advise on final cost

– RIBA Plan of Works 2013 Stage 6

– Make final inspections and advise on resolution of defects

– Agree final account and issue a final certificate

– RIBA Plan of Works 2013 Stage 7

– Advise on release of retention payment at the end of defects liability period

– Provide aftercare support

About Us

Plop was founded in 2013 by Patrick and Lirong who met while at university and have been working together since. They studied at the AA and the Bartlett, and continued their training with award winning UK practices McCormac Jamieson Pritchard, Sheppard Robson and Tate Hindle. Twelve years on, they have built up a portfolio encompassing a diverse range of both academic and realized projects across residential, urban design, laboratory, gallery commercial and institutional sectors. They believe that their interdisciplinary training and a shared natural curiosity are traits which are especially advantageous and relevant for the changing ways we now live, play and work.