Getting approval for a design is an essential part of the making process, but often the most challenging. By treating the authorities, heritage groups and broader community like clients right from the start, their official ‘permission to build’ can be gained more smoothly – a critical step in bringing a project to life.
Buy-in to a design comes from many angles; it’s not just about planning permission. We want everyone, whether they are users, makers, funders or neighbours, to understand the wider vision and feel invested in – and excited by – the project. As negotiators and translators, we are well practiced in making the complicated clear to those we need to bring along with the idea, whether it’s a chat over the garden fence or a more formal consultation.