Walker Group Architects Ltd. has it origins as far back as 1932 when the original firm, Lewis Walker, was founded in Auckland, New Zealand. Now, as always, we aim to produce buildings of aesthetic quality, sound construction through enduring honest design, lateral thinking and excellence. We take a holistic team approach with an integrated, total building focus to create inspirational and environmentally sustainable solutions, focussing on and meeting our client’s expectation through close client collaboration is baseline for us – “ we listen ”.
We understand that the clients of the modern building and construction industry require of its consultants an understanding of the latest proven technologies and trends. The resources, people and technology in Walker Group Architects enable us to undertake a wide range of projects, through our specialist business units, including commissions involving design, feasibility studies, planning submissions, contract documentation and administration, quality control and peer reviews.
Regardless of the size and complexity of the project, we seek to exceed expectations in both our documentation and service, delivering projects within agreed time frames and budgets.
What We Do
Determination of the feasibility of building site and overall location is often the first engagement on a project for Walker Group Architects. Our work at this early stage includes general principles, diagrammatic plans and sections.
Once the project proceeds, and feasibility has been accepted, we create our magic, developing the initial feasibility and creating options if relevant. The plans show seating layouts and number of seats per auditorium, projection configurations, and the use of our purpose designed computer programme and 3D modeling package to determine optimum viewing angles and other technical configurations, to provide maximum efficiency of space, and quality of sound and vision to the end user. Also at this stage we create sketches and images to give the “feel” of the place. This is an essential part where we clearly integrate our clients expectations. This phase of work forms the basis of the design development. This work can be 3D computer modeled with fly throughs or hand crafted sketches to explain the concept.
In this stage greater detail is overlaid on to the concept. At this point, working in conjunction with a Quantity Surveyor, we are able to design to a budget or give early expected cost parameters of various design elements for consideration. This can then be used for local architects to prepare construction documents, or Walker GroupArchitects can fully document this stage. If a local architect is used then we would liaise closely through the process to ensure the design intent is not lost, and ensure a smooth and comprehensive process for clients in their realisation of their new multiplex.
Accurate contract documentation is essential to a successful project and we pride ourselves in getting it right first time.From liaison with the developers shell architect through to the final drawings issued for construction every aspect of the cinema complex is covered.We produce thorough and fast documentation, with clever use of materials to ensure longevity and reduce future maintenance issues.We have an extensive data file to call upon which is continually updated to ensure we have access to latest trends and technology.
Administration of the contract begins at an early stage with meetings with the building shell developer usually alongside or on behalf of our cinema operator client.By constant liaison with the shell contractor we are able to pinpoint any irregularities that may affect our fitout project.Contract observation means we are able to provide immediate solutions to possible potential problems thus alleviating any worries the cinema operator may have.
RETRO FITS AND REFURBISHMENTS
Walker Group Architects through all its specialist companies has been commissioned to retro fit and refurbish existing buildings. The extra challenge of these constraints does not hinder the final outcome. Our latest multiplex retro fits have been highly successful and profitable to our clients, involving the use of the latest technology and standards into a holistic design that when finished seems as if it were purpose designed from the onset.
It is as a result of a regard for their attention to detail and available resources, that Walker Group Architects have become preferred peer review specialists.