Architect Consultancy Services

Personalised collaboration

Our Architectural Consultancy services cover a wide range of aspects. First and foremost, we work collaboratively and closely with you to realise your dreams or satisfy practical matters that need professional and well-considered solutions. 

We capitalise on our extensive experience in architectural services, accessibility and in managing a variety of projects from small and medium scale residential, through to commercial and seniors living. 

A key component of our services will be the provision of reports and reviews of accessibility requirements of projects, to ensure compliance with Australian Standards and relevant legislation. Our consultancy services also include specialist design or certification of Specialist Disability Accommodation, under the NDIS.

Our services are thorough and will utilise internal Quality Systems, including a Project Plan to provide assurance to clients that we are in control of their project and all of the issues that are required to be considered.

Our Purpose Statement drives day-to-day operations, as follows;

To provide highly professional services incorporating creative and considered solutions.

 

Alchemy Consulting believe that Positivity is critical to successful relationships

Briefing: Understanding your objectives

It is critical for us to understand you as well as the aims of your project, whether fundamental needs or aspirations, prior to any designs being provided.  Through conversations, we will elicit and interrogate critical information to allow us to provide a solution that responds appropriately to your particular circumstances, without going through countless design alternatives.

Various techniques and tools will be used to obtain Briefing information, including checklists, schedules or graphic diagrams to capture the critical elements which will form a strong basis for future architectural design decisions.

We capture various information to build a strong brief for your Architect Project
We conduct our site assessment investigations independently for a non-biased report
Site Assessments are important to ensure legal and climatic factors are considered for the architecture project

Site Assessment:
An independent investigation

It is important that a project site is considered independently from the client requirements, so that Briefing objectives are not clouded by physical constraints.

We will investigate all legislative and climatic factors of the project site, including Federal, State and local government parameters and Development Controls.  Combined with topography, micro climate and impact on surrounding communities and properties, this will result in documentation of the Site Analysis and Opportunities. It can also include assessment of potential development options at high-level desktop review.

Master Planning: Defining the big picture

Our architect consultancy services will investigate the Master Planning for the project, incorporating information obtained in the Briefing and Site Assessment phases.  The careful consideration and interrogation at this stage of a project will allow an overview of development and assessment of key ‘big picture’ factors to test responses to opportunities and constraints. 

Elements including site and planning factors, programming, staging and project budgets will be investigated to determine the extent to which the project is able to be accommodated on the site.

Defining the architecture allows us to understand the extent to which the project is able to be accommodated on the site.
Concepts relating to the form of the building, to allow it to be clearly understood.
We create concept sketches to begin visualising the architectural structure of the project

Concept: Visualising the project

Following agreement on a Master Planning direction for the project, Concept sketches are prepared to explore the planning and design of the building and how it relates to the surrounding environment, including consideration of authority requirements.

The Concept Sketches focus on the site planning for the project, together with floor layout options and investigate concepts relating to the form of the building, to allow it to be clearly understood.

Detailed design

After the selection of the preferred Concept Sketches option, the design of the project is developed in greater detail looking at elements including detailed floor planning and external appearance, together with consideration of appropriate construction methods and materials. 

We will coordinate and work with consultants that are required in this phase of the project to ensure that all design, construction or legislative issues are considered. 

Detailed design documents are packaged for submission to the local Council or State Government as a Development Application, including coordination and incorporation of work from required Consultants appropriate to the project and application forms. 

We can work with you during the Approval phase of your project and act as your advocate in dealing with the Consent Authority, monitoring the progress of the Application and responding to any queries as they arise.

We develop the architecture plans in greater detail looking at elements including detailed floor planning and external appearance
Our detailed design phase considers appropriate construction methods and materials.
Architectural construction documents are created for Building Approval or Construction Certificate Application, tendering.

Preparing for construction

The design is developed to a level of detail that is appropriate for either Building Approval or Construction Certificate Application, tendering or construction of the project.  Fully detailed working drawings along with schedules and a purpose written specification provide necessary information for this stage of the project. 

The building is carefully considered in collaboration with appropriate consultants or suppliers and the amount of information provided is tailored to suit the project or client requirements.  Adequate detail at this stage minimises ambiguity with the builder and decisions that need to be made under pressure during construction.

Contract administration

Our services in this stage of the project can include obtaining Contractors quotations, or during the Construction, to provide our clients with satisfaction that the project is being managed and satisfactory.

Reliable builders are selected to tender who are issued with working drawings, specifications and forms. We manage the tender process to obtain competitive quotations.

We can administer the contract with the builder during construction including inspection of the works, clarifying details, checking progress claims and issuing certificates approving payment.

Following the occupation, the building is monitored for an agreed period of time. We will ensure that any defects identified at this time are be rectified by the Contractor before the final certificate is released.

Alchemy can manage the building process by obtaining quotes and managing the contract with builders.
Alchemy Management services also can include inspection of the works, clarifying details, checking progress claims and issuing certificates approving payment.

Memberships and Associations

Alchemy are proud members of the Australian Institute of Architects
Steven Bayer is a registered Architect of NSW
Steven Bayer is a registered Architect of QLD
Alchemy are proud members of Assessor of Livable Housing Design
Shoalhaven Professional Business Association
National Disability Insurance Scheme Accredited Assessor
Valley Chamber of Commerce
Association of Consultants in Access Australia Inc

Projects

Alchemy Consulting can provide reports to assess a variety of accessibility requirements over a wide range of residential, commercial and seniors living projects.
Commercial

Flagstone Hotel

Our clients purchased the site with an existing design and approached Alchemy Consulting to turn the project into reality.

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Headlands Hotel
Commercial

Headlands Hotel

We are proud to have been involved in the design and documentation of the hotel as well as the 61 self-contained serviced apartments.

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