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2 hours ago, snoozee said:

well, in URA website, it does say that a QP (either a PE or an architect) can do submissions for A&A works. assuming that the PE can submit to URA for your reconstruction with additional storey, how confident are you that the PE will know all the necessary building regulations to design your house according to the allowed guidelines? the building/renovation of a house is not just involving URA or BCA. there are other agencies involved as well like PUB, NEA, SCDF, LTA, NPARKS, IMDA.

I would suggest you speak to your PE to ask if they can do all the submissions to all agencies for you from approval of project to TOP/CSC. if your PE can and is willing do everything, then good for you to save on architect's cost.

honestly speaking from personal experience, having different consultants for different purpose will save you money and headache. if you are not well versed in all the technical requirements and such for buildings, then having the additional person (architect) to check/verify the requirements is better than just relying everything on the PE to do. remember that humans do make mistakes. and mistakes in construction can become costly.

I always thought that PE is a must in A&A/Reconstruction but architect is optional... I have the impression that PE is more technical incline than the architect.

Below is the scope of work from the PE, they will also check for me about the sewage line and whether RC trench is needed, etc. I presume it should cover all... but I am not sure. They do a lot of landed housing and I am quite confident they know what to do. So I am not so sure what is the role of the architect... and whether should spend additional money to get one. I just hope to find a good builder that can complete the job.

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1 hour ago, PWS said:

I always thought that PE is a must in A&A/Reconstruction but architect is optional... I have the impression that PE is more technical incline than the architect.

Below is the scope of work from the PE, they will also check for me about the sewage line and whether RC trench is needed, etc. I presume it should cover all... but I am not sure. They do a lot of landed housing and I am quite confident they know what to do. So I am not so sure what is the role of the architect... and whether should spend additional money to get one. I just hope to find a good builder that can complete the job.

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PE is a must as long as building structure is involved. Architect’s role is normally everything else apart from items which involve the structure. One of the important job the architect will do is to do up the tender specifications for builders to tender for and call the tender. Inside the tender specifications will also be specs for doors, windows, types of finishes, etc.

if you feel the PE is enough, then it’s your own call. 

SIP and DIP can be purchased by yourself from PUB/SLA actually. Some people buy it before signing the OTP so as to avoid building an RC trench. Depending on the depth of the sewer, the trench can cost a 6 figure sum to build. 

 

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1 hour ago, snoozee said:

PE is a must as long as building structure is involved. Architect’s role is normally everything else apart from items which involve the structure. One of the important job the architect will do is to do up the tender specifications for builders to tender for and call the tender. Inside the tender specifications will also be specs for doors, windows, types of finishes, etc.

if you feel the PE is enough, then it’s your own call. 

SIP and DIP can be purchased by yourself from PUB/SLA actually. Some people buy it before signing the OTP so as to avoid building an RC trench. Depending on the depth of the sewer, the trench can cost a 6 figure sum to build. 

Noted, thanks a lot for the information.

By the way, will the SIP drawing indicate how deep is the sewer?

 

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32 minutes ago, PWS said:

Noted, thanks a lot for the information.

By the way, will the SIP drawing indicate how deep is the sewer?

 

Yes. SIP will show the information. But you will need to know how to interpret the plan. If the sewer don’t run through your land then there’s no concerns at all

 

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