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Pre Design

  • Preliminary meeting at our studio
  • Consultation with client to establish project brief, spatial requirements and Initial budget parameters
  • Preliminary determination of required consultants
  • Fee and programme proposal.

Schematic Design

  • Site inspection
  • Existing building measure up, and photographic survey
  • Review of Council requirements for the site.(Including site-specific constraints such as bushfire prone areas, heritage buildings, conservation zones and foreshore areas.)
  • Arrange survey to be carried out of the land and any existing buildings.
  • Develop preliminary design sketches and concepts.
  • Collation of the above for review with client.

Design Development

  • Assessment of outcomes from client feedback from
  • Consultant fee requests and subsequent acceptance from client.
  • Develop design including CAD drawings of the same, including consultant feedback.
  • Arrange preliminary costings by Quantity Surveyor.
  • Collation of the above for review with client.

Design Application (DA)

  • Once client sign off has been received relevant documents are prepared for Council submission.
    (Application forms, site and waste management plans etc.)
  • Consultants report coordination and arranging correct number of final copies
    (BASIX reports, Statement of environmental effects etc.)
  • Full set of architectural drawings and required copies of the same.
  • Council fee coordination with client
  • Meeting with Council for submission of documents
  • Collation of the above for review with client.

Construction Documents

  • i) For Construction Certificate
    • Review of Council DA conditions.
    • Appoint PCA. (Private Certifying Authority).
    • Preparation of construction drawings and specifications for Construction Certificate submission (CC).
    • Coordination of structural engineer regarding proposed construction system
    • Preliminary finishes, fixtures and materials analysis.
    • Collation and submission to PCA for review.
  • ii) For Tender and construction purposes
    • On-going liaison with engineers to develop construction details
    • Detail drawings for kitchens, bathrooms and any other joinery items
    • Schedule of fittings and fixtures
    • Electrical drawings
    • Window and door schedules

Builder Selection

  • Shortlist suitable builders for tender
  • Ascertain chosen contract to be used
  • Prepare tender package outlining timeframe of tender period.
  • Answer builders queries on the same
  • Review received tenders and negotiate with preferred builders
  • Lock-in final scope of works if any amendments made to tender and award contract.

Contract Administration

  • A vital stage in the overall process of taking drawings to a built form.
  • Architects involvement at this stage helps to facilitate the building being built, not only on time and on budget, but to ensure that the quality of workmanship is maintained through to completion.
  • Confirm builders construction programme
  • Schedule for progress payments
  • Site meetings
  • Answer requests for information as they arise
  • Issue architects instructions for the same
  • Assess progress claims and variations
  • Assess Practical completion
  • Defects list and subsequent review of rectification works
  • Final certificate.

The above process seems exhaustive, but is necessary within the current Council framework for new development.

AMA aims to actively take the stress out of the process for the client, making it an enjoyable journey to realize a dream project.

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