Design & Documentation

By: Lab-works  06-Dec-2011

Concept Design through to Detailed Design

Design is often inferred as the essence of what we, as architects, do. We start by taking your ideas, needs, and objectives to distill these down into a design brief. This is then used to inform the design (or design options) that starts the process of creating your new built environment.

We typically present sketches, plans, elevations, and 3-D views to communicate these design ideas.

As we go through the design process together, the options and ideas are refined further and further until we have the best design solution to take forward into the construction documentation.

Selection & Engagement of Consultants

Depending on the requirements of your project we will recommend or help you to select the engineers, surveyors, and other consultants needed.

This can include structural, services, hydraulic, electrical, or process engineers, and quantity surveyors.

We have worked with various companies with a variety of experience, including multi-disciplinary companies. We are comfortable leading a team of consultants or working within a team to bring you the best result for your project.


This is the only way we have of explaining the project to others. Therefore we use a variety of methods depending on the situation.

Design work is typically sketchy and includes layout plans and 3-D views so you can understand what you are getting.

The local territorial authority and builders have a need for different information, so our documentation is more technical. Drawings and specifications create the construction documents, along with construction contracts and tender forms.

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Being registered architects and members for the New Zealand Institute of Architects means we provide comprehensive architectural services, right from initial concepts and feasibility studies through to construction and completion of the project. Also refer to our Specilaised Services for details on the added value services we offer.


Pre-Design & Planning

New site or the existing, entire facility refurbishment or just parts of it, building new or refurbishing an existing building, what happens if we acquire or divulge a division, what are the compliance issues. Many of our clients have found that having an independent review of their functional relationships has a significant improvement in their efficiency and productivity.


Procurement & Construction

To do this we visit the site regularly, answer questions and resolve problems, instruct rectification work, hold site meetings, and manage the paperwork that runs the contract. However there are times where it is more important to get value for money, where there is a need for a special quality of work for the right price.