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[headline]GENERAL PROCESS OF OUR WORKS[/headline]

FEASIBILITY STUDIES

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.

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN

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 modelling 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 modelled with fly-throughs or hand-crafted sketches to explain the concept.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

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.

CONTRACT DOCUMENTATION

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.

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

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.

PEER REVIEW

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.