Our Process

Brief Establishment Design Documentation Procurement Observation
Our Process


The brief is a combination of our thoughts and discussions, as well as details you have provided and any additional information, we feel is relevant to the project.  Please be aware that this is simply a starting point from which to base a design.  We value your comments and input at this point, before the actual design process begins.


The Establishment phase involves undertaking all tasks required to establish a good base of information before any design work takes place.  This is essential to ensure we have the correct information required to make the best decisions on your behalf.


The Design phase is the part of our process that you will find most rewarding. This is where we interpret your design brief and produce the actual concept plans. On conclusion of this phase a rough order of cost may be obtained from a Quantity Surveyor or through early contractor involvement.


The Documentation phase is undertaken in two phases and is estimated on completion of the Design. Phase 1: Developed Design includes the technical development of plans and specifications as well as subcontractor information. Phase 2: Detailed Design sees the balance of the technical work detailing & consent applications completed in order to gain a  building consent. This is completed to a level of detail and accuracy that streamlines the construction process ahead.


Procurement sees preparation of tender documents that, along with the approved Detailed Design documents, can be offered to contractors for pricing. At the conclusion of this phase a building contract may be prepared for execution between the client and their contractor.


The Observation phase is where we support the team throughout the construction process until completion. Assistance may be requested by sub-consultants, the contractor on site, sub-trades, council or from you as our client. This assistance keeps the project moving toward completion and ensure Code of Compliance is issued without delay.


Our process follows the Design Guidelines set by the NZCIC. No matter who you work with on your next project, we strongly recommend you select an agency using these guidelines as security for yourself and a high quality result.

"The CIC Guidelines are recommended for use in all building projects, and are considered important in the overall development of a quality built environment. They are part of a suite of Guidelines and evolving good practice for the industry, as well as for clients and decision-makers."

-NZCIC 2016