This is primarily a discussion stage, where the expectations, aspirations, needs, wishes, requirements, likes and dislikes associated with an idea for a project are discussed. This information forms a briefing document, which is used as a touchstone for the balance of the project.

The Brief is moulded and shaped by our clients (who input into its creation), the document is updated and it is presented back to our clients at agreed intervals in the form of a return Brief. An ever-increasing level of detailed information is applied over the base document as our clients and specialist consultants add their respective input.

Brief documents can vary from project to project, however in most commercial projects our process incorporates a two part briefing stage; the first we call a Scoping Brief which incorporates the following types of information:

  • Project description and background
  • Project status
  • The participants
  • Aims of the project
  • Team organisation and methods
  • Budget and finance
  • Programme
  • Laws, regulations, standards and codes
  • The site and surrounds

Following the development of the Scoping Brief, a Full Brief document is developed with the following items discussed:

  • Masterplanning
  • Site and building planning
  • Design objectives
  • Energy minimisation and sustainability
  • Signage
  • Landscape
  • Staged construction (where applicable)
  • Building hazards
  • Universal access and premise standards
  • Heritage
  • Schedule of accommodation
  • Zone and functional relationship diagrams
  • Room data sheets
  • Building materials and finishes
  • Equipment, fixed and loose furniture