Process Steps

Briefing
Initial briefing on the project scope and requirements.

Master Planning/Site Investigation
(If required) This step is used to create an overall Master Plan, to carry out feasibility studies, or to report on the suitability of an existing site.

Concept Design
Initial concepts are sketched out, relationships established, and an overview of the project mapped out.

Detailed Briefing
Detailed information is obtained from managers, users and stakeholders to ensure all relevant information is provided and then made available to the project team.

Preliminary Design
The next step in the design process where information from the detailed briefing is incorporated, options are investigated, and the project starts to take shape. Client "Sign off" for approval of this stage is requested before moving to the next stage or applying for Resource Consent.

Resource Consent (if required)
If a Resource Consent is required then this can be applied for as soon as there is sufficient detail to satisfy council requirements.

Developed Design and Outline Specification
With the design option/direction decided from the Preliminary Design, more detail is added, with final design and layout decisions being made. Detail on services, materials, joinery and the like is now being confirmed. Client "Sign off" for approval of this stage is requested before moving to the next stage.

Detailed Design (Working Drawings & Specification)
Drawings, specification, contract and technical papers are finalised to allow for a Building Consent to be applied for, and for the project to be tendered. In effect these are the construction documents. Client "Sign off" for approval of this stage is requested before moving to the next stage.

Procurement
Depending on your requirements the project will be tendered to building contractors, or a price negotiated with a selected contractor. Client "Sign off" for approval of the cost is required to select the main contractor.

Building Consent (if required)
Most projects will require a Building Consent from the local territorial authority. However there have been recent changes to the NZ Building Code which has changed the requirements on when a Building Consent is required. See our Specialist Services for more information on this.

Construction
The builder starts on site, and the ideas are turned into physical reality. We normally carry out contract administration and construction observation to provide continuity. Our role is to administer the building process on your behalf. We represent you (as the Principal to the contract), issue all directions to the contractor and administer the contract impartially between you and the contractor.

Completion
At the completion of the construction work, we carry out detailed inspections to check and verify that the building work has achieved Practical Completion, allowing you to move in. We also do detailed inspections to list any items that are considered to be defects, for the builder to put right at their own cost.

Post Occupancy
If there are any niggling issues after you have moved in and started using the new facility then we stay involved to ensure these items are put right.