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Moull Murray is an award-winning architecture, interior design, and planning firm located in the bayside suburb of Brighton, Melbourne. Established in 2002 by founding Directors Ken Moull and Andrew Murray, the firm is committed to delivering buildings of high quality and excellence in design. With over 30 years of experience each, the senior partners provide their expertise in designing a wide range of building typologies, developing intelligent design briefs, and ensuring close attention to detail throughout the design and delivery stages.

The firm's architectural design services include master-planning, space planning, consultant co-ordination, contract documentation, tender analysis, contract administration, safety in design, statutory approvals, submission approvals, project management, feasibility studies, relationship and stacking diagrams, and accommodation schedules. Moull Murray is also proficient in the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software, enabling the generation of construction documentation with greater accuracy in the coordination of structure and services.

Moull Murray prioritizes environmentally sustainable design, striving for naturally ventilated environments with integrated architectural shading mechanisms, generous insulation, exposed thermal mass, good orientation, and protected internal court spaces. The firm uses renewable plantation timber and low VOC paints and employs energy-saving devices such as light fittings activated by motion detectors and solar PV panels.

Overall, Moull Murray's expertise, commitment to quality, and sustainable design approach make them a leading architecture and design firm in Melbourne.

Who are we

This is a detailed description of the stages involved in an architectural project, from the initial design concept to the completion of construction.

Stage 1, the Schematic Design phase, involves establishing the project brief and inspecting the site to assess conditions and constraints. The architect develops a schematic diagram into plans and elevations, providing the client with 3D perspectives to fully explain the design. Initial ideas regarding finishes and fixtures are also provided.

In Stage 2, the Design Development phase, the concept design is further developed into a final solution with detailed drawings that explain the design intent. The architect provides advice on selecting a Structural Engineer and Building Surveyor, engages secondary consultants, coordinates their work with the architectural design, and provides a preliminary schedule of finishes and materials. The architect also undertakes preliminary analysis of authority regulations and requirements.

In Stage 3, the Town Planning phase, the architect prepares a Development Application (DA) and Construction Certificate (CC) application, including drawings and a finishes schedule. The architect assists in obtaining approval by negotiating, attending meetings, and preparing further information as required from the local council. The architect manages the entire application process.

In Stage 4, Appeals (if required), the architect handles issues related to the appeal, along with a Town Planning Consultant, if necessary.

In Stage 5, Documentation, the architect prepares a recommendation to the client on the preferred method of tendering and prepares preliminary drawings which will be reviewed and altered as required by the client. The architect reviews and updates the schedule of finishes, materials, and prepares specification notes. A final set of contract drawings, including plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules, and specification, is prepared. The architect also organizes, attends, and chairs consultant/client meetings, coordinates and integrates the work of consultants with the architectural drawings.

In Stage 6, Tendering, the architect prepares a list of potential tenderers (if required), calls tenders, responds to inquiries from tenderers, coordinates quotations for client-supplied items (if required), and advises on tenders.

In Stage 7, Building Permit and Re-documentation, the architect negotiates with the successful tenderer, re-documents the Contract Documents to account for alterations to drawings to suit advice from tenderer and/or the client, prepares contract documents, and submits the documents required to obtain a building permit.

In Stage 8, Contract Administration, the architect undertakes periodic site inspections, checks work in progress regarding design quality control, materials selections, and performance as described in the contract documents. The architect reviews shop drawings and other builder's submissions, provides supplementary details and information, provides instructions to clarify the contract documents where required, administers variations and obtains client approvals, arranges and attends site meetings and other meetings as required, provides the client with regular reports regarding progress, coordinates consultants, prepares a defects list prior to practical completion, inspects the works, and prepares a final defects listing.

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Brighton 3186
Victoria, Australia
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