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It’s OUR BUSINESS to build YOUR BUSINESS
Ashcroft Architects can accommodate all of your commercial project needs. The office has carried out a number of projects within the commercial sector ranging from office fit-out designs and documentation all the way through to new retail/commercial buildings.
The need to maximise leasable floor space and car parking numbers within such developments is always considered a top priority for our office to provide to our clients. Aesthetic facelifts to the exterior of existing commercial buildings as well as the consideration of advertising/signage possibilities at the development are also considered of high importance.
Smart planning and workflow:
Site Analysis and Project Brief
The first phase is to conduct a ‘SWOT’ analysis (SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) for the site. In particular, we determine appropriate access locations, preferred building siting locations, and review existing service locations. We work in conjunction with clients to establish and formulate the project brief. We always aim to maximise the returns for the site.
The second phase is an overview of the project-to-be, including an estimation of timeframes, determining the clients preferred deadlines and advice on the required sub-consultants and their associated costs.
Design and Development
The third phase consists of designing the project with the help of our skilled architectural team using an advanced 3D modelling software. The design will be functional and aesthetically pleasing. During the design process, we continue to refer back to the project brief and site ‘SWOT’ analysis to ensure we are delivering a project that maximises the site potential and the client’s monetary returns.
Paperwork & council approvals
In the fourth phase, we will carefully prepare all the paperwork, considering the council requirements and up-to-date legislation, in order to get the necessary approvals and authorizations so that the construction process can legally start. As our office works well with all consultants, we will make this step as smooth and as expediant as possible, so you will benefit from a stress-free process for the duration of your project.
Management of the building process and quality control
The fifth phase is more of a physical-type of work and as quality control is paramount to our office, we only recommend our preferred experienced builders (but are always willing to work with your alternative builders as required). Our office prefers and advises to conduct weekly site meetings with the builder to ensure that the build quality and appropriate construction details are maintained. Builder suggested cost saving details are always considered however, and may be approved should building longevity and costs not be compromised. This weekly site meeting service is most beneficial to our clients to ensure future maintenance is minimised and hence future costs are minimised. Most financial institutions require our office to work with an experienced quantity surveyor to assess the builder’s payment claims at each stage of the project. Due to our real-life experience in building, this proves to be advantageous to our clients.
Project completion, expectations review
In the sixth and final phase, we complete a final review of the building and determine that it is acceptable to hand over to the client and any associated tenants. All certificates of completion are provided from the relative sub-consultants and sub-contractors via the builder to the private certifier. We always welcome feedback and testimonials from our happy clients.
Contact us and talk to our friendly specialists to find out more about how Ashcroft Architects can be involved in your future commercial project!
We came to Brad with nothing more than some pinterest pictures and some rough ideas of what we wanted for our new home. What he presented to us was perfect. We are so thankful that we engaged Brad to design our home. He took the time to listen and always had a suggestion for our questions. The whole process was simple, and the easy communication ensured that we always knew what was going on. We have no hesitations in recommending Brad to anyone looking for an architecturally designed home.
Bradley Ashcroft and his team have been designing homes and townhouses for our clients for over 15 years. We find not only is Bradley very approachable and personable with both us and our clients but understands how to design and build to a specific budget. This not only saves a lot of time in the design process, it also saves a lot of heartache for clients from alternate processes where too often builder pricing does not meet with design brief specified outcomes. When builder and designer work together good outcomes are achieved and Grow DDC P/L would recommend Bradley and his team to anyone looking for these types of outcomes in their projects.
Brad was very professional through all stages. He listened to our ideas and input and delivered something that we love to call home.
We have engaged Ashcroft Architects on two residential projects; one for a new house and the other for an extensive renovation. Brad is very professional and listened to all of our ideas and incorporated them into his designs. His knowledge in design/architecture and construction is very valuable and we highly recommend Ashcroft Architects.
I have worked with Ashcroft Architects for over a decade and have found Bradley Ashcroft to be a very talented and creative architect. Brad and the team at Ashcroft architects consistently provide excellent documentation that clearly describes the project in detail and allows construction to proceed unhindered and in a timely manner.
As a structural engineer it is a pleasure to work alongside an architect that appreciates the structural implications of their vision and works to accommodate solutions within the documentation produced.