The services provided by designphase australia are best understood by examining the sequence of events that take place with any new project. These are:
1. Client Briefing
It is essential that the client’s needs, timing requirements and financial considerations are finalised prior to commencement of a project. Often we
prepare the brief itself based on conversations that seek to clarify the reasoning and basic assumptions of the client’s requirements.
2. Budgets and Time Programming
A critical part of our assessment is to determine how much the project will cost and how long it will take to complete. Feasibility of the project is
determined through analysis of the client’s requirements. We are then able to prepare preliminary sketch plans, a budget, and an estimated time scale.
3. Organisational Analysis and Space Planning
Following the initial brief the team begins an in-depth analysis of the current and future dimensions of the client’s organisation and working
structure. Once the inter-relationships of communications, personnel movement and work flow have been identified, the process of space planning can start. Within the parameters of the space and budget, a range of design solutions is then proposed.
4. Design Development
The final space plan sets the guidelines for the physical development of the design. In the case of an office tenancy fitout, this first design stage involves the selection of furniture and equipment types, partitions, work-stations, acoustic screens, etc. and their placement in the space plan.
5. Design Aesthetics
This stage is concerned with the selection of materials, products, final finishes and colour schemes. Colour boards are assembled and choices of furniture and equipment are made.
6. Design Approval
Sketch plans, colour boards and samples of selected furniture and equipment are presented to the client, together with a final budget for each phase of the project.
Working drawings for the complete fitout are prepared together with full written specifications for tender purposes. Recommendations submitted by
consultants – structural, electrical, mechanical, fire services and communications etc. – are checked and co-ordinated.
A programme of work is established and co-ordinated with contractors and consultants. Schedules itemising all elements of the project are prepared.
9. Authority Approvals
All requisite statutory approvals, licences and official consents are obtained in conjunction with the client.
10. Tenders and Order Placements
Tenders and quotations are requested from contractors and suppliers which are then analysed. Recommendations are made to the client based on quality, ability to adhere to the programme as well as cost. Contract documents are then prepared and orders placed.
The designphase australia team inspects and co-ordinates all phases of the construction process. Performance of suppliers is verified and the input of other consultants checked.
Control is exercised at all times in the areas of job programming, and progressive payments made to all suppliers. On completion, a thorough check is carried out to ensure that all work is as specified.