Architectural Services

Stage A

Prior to going ahead with any decision to build we recommend fully understanding your requirements and aspirations. We will discuss options and help with the development of a brief as well as any other specific requirements. We will discuss the opportunities and constraints of your site and provide detail of process of design and construction.
During this initial stage we discuss the overall scope or the project including the budget and establish realistic goals and aspirations. We develop the brief if one hasn’t already been established and start to assess what special requirements may be required by any relevant authorities or through the context of the site. We discuss what essential sub-consultants such as engineers or landscape architects may be required and produce the necessary sketches, drawings, models and diagrams that may be required to describe the project and outline the cost plan.
Many projects will require approval by council to proceed. UDA have a thorough understanding of the Victorian Planning Scheme and how it will apply to your site. Some clauses will require specific attention and we will highlight these early in the design process.

We will assist you in preparing a thorough planning application and attend application meetings as required.

Following an approved concept design, as the title suggests, we add detail to the design and prepare a package of drawings, sketches, models, perspectives etc. that provide the client with a clear understanding of the projects finer points. Engineers and other consultants will have provided coordinated input and the cost plan is further developed. Approval is sought to move the project to the documentation stage.

Stage B

With the design stages completed and planning approval gained the next stage in the process is to prepare a set of detailed documentation suitable for tendering by a builder. UDA have a thorough understanding of construction techniques and will produce accurate and sophisticated detailing that remains true to the design concept
The approved contract documents as prepared in the previous stage are taken through to the tendering process in order to find a suitable contractor.

UDA will answer contractor’s questions, produce addendums if required and assess the tenders to advise the client.

Stage C

Once a suitable contractor has been selected, the price agreed and the contract signed UDA take on the role of independent administrator of the contract as well as being the clients representative. The roles differ depending on the nature of the circumstances at which they come in to play. We can further discuss the nature of contracts and the benefits of an ABIC contract which utilises an architect as an independent administrator

Partial Services

UDA offer a basic design service that includes an overall concept for your project. If you aren’t sure of what it is that can be done for your site this quick set of design ideas might help you clarify your ideas.
UDA provide a fast analysis of the commercial potential for your selected site. Whether it be a small townhouse development, high rise or child care facility. UDA revise the planning scheme thoroughly to fully understand the constraints on the site and produce a set of concept plans and detailed area schedule. This service can be produced free of charge for a high-level analysis or at a minimal fee for larger more complex sites.