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Design phase falls into four sub steps, i.e. (a) conceptual design which is establishing the general layout and external physical expression and the bulking of the building in relation to its surroundings so that its aesthetics and image are appropriate to the needs of the building, (b) design development which is taking the conceptual design and reducing it to the specificity of drawings from which the construction drawings can be produced, (c) construction drawings which comprise transforming the developed design to a level of detail that can be costed, priced, scheduled and built by building contractors, and (d) building specifications which are clear statements of the quality of all materials and machinery required in the building.

Apart from numerous specialists in the design team (mainly architect and engineers), other professionals’ advice, such as from quantity surveyors and especially letting/sales agents, etc., in the early or pre design phases are very worthwhile inputs to the building design.