By engaging a design-build contractor, you get the benefit of a 3-pronged design approach — good design, cost-effective design, and a project that is created with practical construction in mind. This approach helps to achieve the same results of a design and building only contract, but with the benefit of added savings for the client.
We provide in-house design services with our qualified architects, ensuring that you receive a personalised and well-thought-out design for your commercial fit-out or refurbishment project. These are designed in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible. This allows you to maximise your project’s budget and receive more value for your investment.
An additional benefit of using a design-build contractor is that, in most cases, the concept design phase is free of charge. As a result, you can see the design for the project before you make a financial commitment versus making an upfront investment in architectural services.
Design Build Construction
Design build construction in New Zealand is a relatively new concept, while it’s widely done in the residential construction sector it is often overlooked for commercial construction in New Zealand.
There are many benefits to a design build approach however one of the main reasons for offering design build construction in New Zealand is because we genuinely believe our client receives a better outcome.
Many times we have been involved with projects of all sizes where we have been presented construction drawings to price from and having submitted out tender we get the feedback from the client that all the project pricing has come in over budget. When this happens you have to think to yourself who was that set the budget? Mostly this happens as a result of an architect’s vision not been aligned with the client’s expectations.
On the other hand, clients are concerned that if they use a design build construction company that they will be ripped off and cannot be sure they are getting the best price in the market. This is totally understandable and below is our process that we use to ensure that you get the best design build construction project outcome:
In construction design is very important, poor design not only results in a poor functional space it costs money, persons that design buildings with little practical knowledge of NZ construction will more often than not design something that is complicated to construct or expensive and had they engaged with a builder earlier and got real-life feedback on the best and most efficient methods to construct buildings in NZ they would save the client $1000s of dollars.
Our Design Build Construction Process:
Step 1 – We engage with our clients early and find out what it is you want and need, we look at your desired outcomes and build an initial client brief.
Step 2 – We then establish a design build construction budget. This is where we rely on you to be open and provide as much clarity as possible as to what your budget is and what your willing to spend. By being open and honest we can then design to suit your budget you need to worry about being ripped off as we will put the project out to tender and provide you with a firm quote that will get you best market pricing.
Step 3 – We provide initial concept drawings for the design build construction project, this normally consists of a floor plan, elevations and a 3D render. Along with the concept we provide project budget pricing so you know that the concept is within or under your design build construction project budget.
Step 4 – Once we have finalised the concept details we move to construction drawings were develop tender construction drawings and use these plans to put the project out to tender and obtain the best market pricing.
Step 5 – Once we have the pricing confirmed and contract value agreed we sign a design build construction contract; we then request additional drawings needed for consent and lodge the project into the council to start the consent application process.
Step 6 – Once the consent is issued, we commence construction.