The Design Process

  1. Initial meeting with client. There is no charge for this if the job does not progress any further. At this meeting the clients requirements and budget are discussed.
  2. A brief and fee proposal are prepared and sent to client. Usually this is a fixed fee for each stage of the project. If the fee proposal is acceptable to the client a contract is prepared for signing. We use the ADNZ agreement form and usually request a deposit at this stage.
  3. If necessary, a site visit is undertaken and as-built information is documented. In some cases we recommend that a land surveyor be engaged to carry out a topographical survey of the site.
  4. Scheme drawings are prepared and presented to the client. In some cases we provide several options.
  5. If necessary, scheme drawings are revised to incorporate changes requested by the client.
  6. At this stage we recommend that a quantity surveyor is engaged to prepare a preliminary budget estimate. If necessary, the scheme drawings can be revised to ensure the project meets budgetary constraints.
  7. If resource consent is required we usually apply for it at this stage. A planning consultant is engaged to prepare an assessment of environmental effects. We add further information to the scheme drawings and submit to council along with necessary documentation. We respond to any council queries and ensure the consent progresses smoothly through council.
  8. Working drawings and specification are now prepared. In most cases we need to get a structural engineer involved. Calculations also need to be prepared to ensure compliance with the new insulation code.
  9. We now submit the drawings, along with all necessary documentation, to council for building consent. We respond to any council queries and ensure the consent progresses smoothly through council.
  10. In some cases, our involvement ends at this stage.
  11. If required we can organise the tendering process. We prepare tender documents and send out to three or four building companies. Completed tenders are vetted and a report sent to the client.

    This ensures that pricing is completed within a reasonable period. Also clients can be confident that all items shown on the drawings and necessary to complete the job have been allowed for.

  12. During the construction process we can carry out contract administration or construction observation. With construction observation we carry out regular site visits to ensure that the building is built in accordance with the documents. With contract administration we also manage the contractual and monetary aspects of the project.

In order to design and document a building the involvement of several other consultants may be required. This includes land surveyor, quantity surveyor, planning consultant, geotechnical engineer, structural engineer, fire engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, heat loss consultant and weathertightness consultant.

We have developed a network of consultants who we work with on a regular basis. These consultants are generally based on the North Shore and greater Auckland area. However we use a heat loss consultant who is based in Christchurch.

We establish the brief, obtain a fee proposal and liase directly with the consultant to ensure that the project progresses smoothly.