Services

CROSBY architects sees architecture as more than designing buildings and often it is about not designing buildings at all.

But when it is about buildings the core architectural services are as follows:

A.1 Concept Design

  • The Concept Design Stage usually consists of two parts:

  • Pre Design

  • This is a gathering of information process, these are the areas of enquiry:

    • Establish your brief. This is a document that sets out clearly and simply your aspirations for the built environment you want to create. It will include the type of spaces you may need, the budget you have, the feel you are after. First of all it should confront why you need a new building and if that is actually the answer to your requirements. Asking the right questions is fundamental to getting the right answers.
    • Collect and collate all relevant information. This will include anything that could have an impact on the design either positively or negatively. For instance the conditions of the ground (soil report), the slope of the site (land survey), the prevailing weather conditions, the amount of rainfall, the proximity of services such as sewer, electricity, water. The proximity of other buildings. The nature of flora and fauna on and around the site. The views to and from the site. Access to the site.
    • Provide recommendations for appointment of other specialist consultants as required, including their fees, see attached list and description.
    • Make initial inquiries regarding authority regulations and requirements. This usually relates to Town Planning regulations but could also include other regulators such as the CFA or Coliban Water.
  • Schematic Design

  • Other Consultants

  • These consultants will include a Quantity Surveyor who prepares Cost Plans for the project, a Structural Engineer, a Geological Engineer, who tests the ground conditions to allow the structural engineer to design the foundations of the building. And an Energy Rater for assessing the thermal performance of the building. A Building Surveyor who will assess compliance with the building code and issue the Building Permit.
    Other consultants may be required depending on the project. These could include a Town Planner; a Civil Engineer, who designs services such as water, electricity and sewer connections and also roads and crossovers. A Landscape architect may also be engaged.
    Any of these consultants would be engaged by you directly under our guidance. We would coordinate their work and integrate it into the project on your behalf.

  • Outcomes

  • At the end of this stage a number of documents would be provided and approved so that the process can move to the next stage. These would normally include:

    • A written brief.
    • A formal budget.
    • A plan of the site showing all pertinent condition that may have an affect on the design.
  • Concept Design

  • This is the pulling together of all the gathered information from the Pre Design Stage  and responding to it in a conceptual way that will provide a filter for the project to come into focus through. At this stage it is as much about flow and relationships as it is about design.

  • Expectations

  • No two project go the same way but there are some generalities that show up in this stage. Early ideas may be strayed from but often looking back these original ideas hold the truth of the project. getting into detail too early can throw a project into a direction of piecemeal design that it is hard to recover it fully from.
    Each new project is a learning journey. The assumptions at the start are always modified, this includes those made by so called experts. Designing a building is always a one off process, although it is built it is not a manufactured object, there are no prototypes, no try outs.

  • Outcomes

  • It will incorporate the following:

    • Sketches, diagrams and other information to adequately explain the concept.
    • Coordinate preparation of a preliminary estimate of Cost of Works.
    • Undertake preliminary selection of materials and finishes.
    • Obtain client approval of the design concept.

A.2 Planning Application

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A.3 Design Development

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A.4 Construction Documentation

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A.5 Contractor Selection

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A.6 Contract Administration

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Additional services

B.1 Feasibility Study

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B.2 Record Documents

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B.3 Town Planning Application Negotiations

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B.4 Illustrations

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B.5 Trade Package Documentation

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B.6 Other Services

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