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How to prevent a budget blowout Part 2 – Top 10 reasons budget blowouts occur
18 February 2019
In our previous post, we looked at how cost plans should be used as a tool in the design process. We discussed how cost plans should be undertaken at pre-determined milestones and that if the project is over budget, affirmative action should be taken to bring the project back on budget by making changes to…
How to prevent a budget blowout Part 1 – the use of Cost Plans as a tool, not a report
11 February 2019
In previous articles, we’ve looked at a famous example of a flawed business case and flawed briefing processes. In this article, we’re referencing an even more famous piece of Architecture – The Sydney Opera House. Today, the Sydney Opera House is considered one of the most successful examples of civic Architecture; it is known globally;…
Beyond beauty – Top 10 functional considerations when planning your next refurbishment
06 February 2019
In our last post we looked at the year ahead for entertainment and lifestyle design. We led with a discussion about Instagram-ability and how it’s become a huge thing. In today’s Instagram and social media-driven world it’s easy to think that the aesthetic design decisions are the elements of a refurbishment that will have the biggest…
THINK_2019 – the year ahead for entertainment and lifestyle design
24 January 2019
As we exit the 4th week of January most people have returned to work. So we thought this was a good juncture to discuss the year ahead for entertainment and lifestyle design. Last week we touched on some of the broader challenges facing the Club industry when we discussed Pubs vs Clubs – why Pubs are…
Pubs vs Clubs – why Pubs are streaking ahead and what Clubs can do to close the gap…
16 January 2019
Prior to 1997 Clubs had a big advantage over pubs – revenue from poker machines.
Together with entertainment on a grand scale, when Clubs hosted big bands and shows in the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s, pokies provided a financial windfall that fuelled growth in the industry.
How to avoid an ‘elephant in the room’! When good design doesn’t start with design – Part 2… why the ‘Return Brief’ is the most important part of the design process
14 January 2019
In our previous article we discussed business case; the importance of projects proceeding based on numbers, not gut feel; and how to avoid ending up with a white elephant. This week we discuss the designers Return Brief; why it’s the most important part if the design process; and why the return brief is such an…
How to avoid ‘white elephants’! When good design doesn’t start with design – Part 1… the importance of business case.
07 January 2019
Architects and Interior Designers love designing. It’s our passion, and it’s what we’re good at. But more often than not ‘good design’ doesn’t start with design, drawings or pretty pictures! Good design is only as good as the design brief, and the design brief is only as good as the business case that has informed…
The F-word in hospitality design… FAMILIES and the rise of the KID-ustomer!
05 December 2018
Recently, on a popular national radio show the comedian host shared the story of having visited a local café with his children for breakfast. Upon receiving their meals they requested tomato sauce only to be told that the café didn’t offer ‘sauces like that’. The hot topic threw open a range of discussion themes –…
Limited budget? How to achieve big results from small changes with intelligent design
26 November 2018
Big changes for small change… Putting in place a long term Strategic Development Plan (or Masterplan) is critical to steer any business toward ongoing success. However, grand visions can take time to execute and budgetary limitations often mean that they’re rolled out over a period of years or sometimes decades. Whilst it’s easy to get…
The extra dimension of ‘Layering’ in hospitality design that will keep customers coming back to your venue
14 November 2018
Have you recently completed renovations to your venue and have a sense it is missing something? Or perhaps have the feeling that your spaces are not as warm and inviting as they could be? Fourteen seasons of the reality television show ‘The Block’ have ticked by (where does the time go?!) and it is safe…
The use of ‘zoning’ in hospitality design: what is it and why do you need to do it
07 November 2018
Today, going out to socialise is about more than just the food; the drinks; the entertainment; or even the company. It’s also about the experience and how it makes people feel. Customers expect great food and drinks, but they also expect to be ‘wowed’ by an inspiring venue whilst feeling comfortable and at ease. One…
Where to start to make your venue the next ‘hot-spot’
22 October 2018
The journey to making your venue the next ‘hot-spot’ can be long and arduous. We’re often asked… “where do we start?” Our response is usually to recommend hitting the road and doing a venue tour to see what others are doing well to create a frame of reference. Venue or research tours can range in…
5 Key Features of Stress Free Projects
22 October 2018
Clarity and certainty are the keys to success for any project. When guided by these principals the results set the scene for lasting design partnerships. If your venue is currently undertaking or contemplating development or refurbishment, this may be a good junction to review your formula for building an optimum design partnership. Most hospitality venues…