Everything starts with a thought!
Consider – every built environment
started as a thought or idea in someone’s mind.
The key is to get clear on what you want.
Sometimes, clients have a vague idea of what they want but
it is only when they start to talk through their ideas that
they get clarity. At other times, they feed off our ideas
and together we create something that wasn’t there before
... something that is better than before.
Being able to see what a client wants, sometime
even before they do, is an essential part of what we do. By
listening for and drawing out those thoughts, clarifying meaning
and then re-presenting in a way that a client understands
and identifies with, we build a shared vision of what is possible.
Conception is also the phase where we identify
opportunities and relationships that will benefit by and from
those opportunities. We like to cluster like minded and complimentary
business together because a building can be more than just
the physical walls, floor and roof. In many cases a new building
and/or a new neighbour is the catalyst for reviewing the business
model, and in some cases, a new business model more than justifies
the expenditure on a new building!
If we follow the above, we believe we will
engage with our clients. After initial meeting(s) and a broad
acceptance that working together will benefit all parties,
we do ask that we formalise our relationship with an engagement
agreement. It is at this point that we really get into design
– particularly from an architectural perspective.
Good design is everything, and it need not
be expensive. Not only do we refer to architectural design
but from recent events, we are all aware of the importance
of engineering design as well. We use a range of architects
and engineers however we are happy to work in with a client’s
professionals if required. The key for us is communication
– both ways. Design however goes beyond these areas.
Usability of space is very important and so understanding
a client’s process flow is critical in achieving good
At the end of the concept phase we will
be in a position to put forward a proposal that addresses
your property needs, be it a design/build or refurbishment.
You will have clarity around the design, timing, business
case and next steps for your new property.