Project Process

THE DUTIES OF THE ARCHITECT CONSIST OF 6 WORKSTAGES

Stage 1 : Inception
Receive, appraise and report on the client’s requirements with regard to:

  • The client’s brief
  • The site and rights and constraints
  • Budgetary constraints
  • The need for consultants
  • Project programme
  • Methods of contracting

Stage 2 : Concept and viability (concept design)
Prepare an initial design and advise on:

  • The intended space provisions and planning relationships
  • Proposed materials and intended building services
  • The technical and functional characteristics of the design
  • Check for conformity of the concept with the rights to the use of the land
  • Review the anticipated costs of the project
  • Review the project programme

Stage 3 : Design development

  • Confirm the scope and complexity
  • Review the design and consult with local and statutory authorities
  • Develop the design, construction system, materials and components
  • Incorporate ad co-ordinate all services and the work of consultants
  • Review the design, costing and programme with the consultants

Stage 4.1 : Documentation for Local Authority
Prepare documentation sufficient for local authority submission:

  • Co-ordinate technical documentation with the consultants and complete primary co-ordination
  • Prepare specifications for the works
  • Review the costing and programme with the consultants
  • Obtain the client’s authority and submit documents for approval

Stage 4.2 : Construction documentation
Complete construction documentation and proceed to call for tenders:

  • Obtain the client’s authority to prepare documents to procure offers for the execution of the works
  • Obtain offers for the execution of the works
  • Evaluate offers and recommend on the award of the building contract
  • Prepare the contract documentation and arrange the signing of the building contract

Stage 5 : Construction
Administer the building contract:

  • Give possession of the site to the contractor
  • Issue construction documentation
  • Initiate and/or check sub-contract design and documentation as appropriate
  • Inspect the works for conformity to the contract documentation
  • Administer and perform the duties and obligations assigned to the principal agent in the JBCC building contract, or fulfill the obligations provided for in the other forms of contract
  • Issue the certificate of practical completion
  • Assist the client to obtain the occupation certificate

Stage 6 : Close out

  • Facilitate the project close-out including the preparation of the necessary documentation to effect completion, handover and operation of the project
  • After the contractor’s obligations with respect to the building contract are fulfilled, the architect shall issue the certificates related to contract completion
  • Provide the client with as-built drawings and relevant technical and contractual undertakings by the contractor and sub-contractors

About Us

ACA Architects cc evolved from an architectural practice co-established by Jannie Laubscher during 1985.
The firm is headed up by Jannie & Liesl Laubscher and collectively they have more than 50 years experience in private practice.
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Contacts

Cape Town.
Address: 167 Bree Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 426 2688
Fax: 021 426 2848

Langebaan.
Address: 49 Oostewal Street, Langebaan
Tel: 022 772 1890
Fax: 022 772 2479
Email: info@africaarchitects.co.za