Peter Thompson Architects have had a bright history of providing successful architectural design solutions and successful completion of projects. In particular, our expertise not only provides architecturally pleasing solutions, they are economic, structurally sound and environmentally sustainable. The buildings we build and the team of professionals we are, make us industry competitive.


Quality Assured

It is the policy of Peter Thompson Architects to provide to its clients the products and services which they require. At all times good techniques and procedures will be in operation and regular audits carried out to ensure that these procedures are followed and are effective. Peter Thompson Architects adopt a quality management system based on ISO 9000.


Why choose us


  • Successfully completed a wide variety & many major projects

  • Ability to identify opportunities for multi-use or shared facility & integration of long term objectives against present functional & financial realities

  • Accustomed to dealing with committees, councils & client groups

  • Ability to design functional & economical buildings with high quality design & within the bounds of various council overlays

  • Qualified & acclaimed members of staff

  • Personalised service from Directors & staff

  • Client involvement during the entire professional engagement

  • Proven ability to maximise facilities within the project budget

  • Record of accurate pre-tender cost estimates

  • Record of responsible project cost control



    The process described below is typical of the central design methodology that is practiced by Peter Thompson Architects. It also refers to the design ethos and philosophies of our Architectural Team and includes technical, functional and conceptual processes undertaken throughout the development of any project.

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Stage 1    Initial study of the brief

  • and research of the recommended publications is undertaken. From this analysis a fee proposal and return brief are developed, in which an introduction, capacity to undertake the project, summary of similar projects undertaken and the financial implications of engaging Peter Thompson Architects as the Project Architect. These factors are internally assessed and placed into report format for scrutiny by the client. This document also includes concept sketches to give an initial physical form to the project allowing indicative costing and budgets to be developed for funding purposes.


Stage 2       Review the functional brief by Architect

  • Assess each element with in the functional brief

  • Allocate actual sizes to areas nominated etc.

  • Commence to Formulate individual design briefs to the specific facilities (modules) included in  the project, taking the initial conceptual design into consideration.

  • Identify opportunities for multi-use or shared facility and integration of long term objectives  against present functional and financial realities.

Stage 3       Establish meetings with the nominated representative/s of the client, and

  • Develop a program to include the various stages outlined herein and critical completion dates for various stages of the project.

  • Form a working party or parties. The working party or parties as may be decided would be a  composite of Consultants in the field of Zoology and other fields of expertise that are related to the project, Administration and Persons external to the client group who represent the major activities to that the facilities are to service.

  • Develop principles for design features with the members of the working party to perfect product, costing and schedules.

  • Visit with the working party several facilities of similar budget to assist in providing tangible understanding of both the constraints and opportunities available

  • The architect is to review the data and assemble in a composite manner to form the detailed design brief

  • Review alternative site options , materials and

  • Instigation soil tests and investigations on site to evaluate cost impact.


Stage 4       Review by the Client (Nominated Representative) of the detailed design brief , material lists, revised target budget and project schedule.

  • Discussion between client and architect on site options, materials etc. and there impact on budget.


Stage 5       Concept design further developed by architect to reflect the requirements listed in the individual sections of the design brief. 

  • Preparation of Stage A costing by nominated Quantity Surveyor.


Stage 6       Review by the Client (Nominated Representative) of the design concept (each individual facility) against design brief.

  • Architect to revise concept to accommodate feed back from client.

  • Presentation to client group and review of concept design and design brief by client group

  • Client representative to advise results of design review

  • Architect to revise concept design and implement any changes.


Stage 7       Client representative to sign off on the design.


Stage 8       Architect to undertake design development drawings

  •         Client representative and architect to jointly review design development and Stage B costing from Quantity Surveyor drawings and report to client group.

  •         Quantity surveyor to complete Stage C costing


Stage 9       Client Representative to sign off on design development drawings and revised budget.

  • Architect to prepare Contract documentation and;

  • Have design development costed (Stage B) by Quantity surveyor.

  • Client representatives to review documents and;

  • Review budgets by Quantity Surveyor.

  • Advise client group of the progress of the project


Stage 10     Commencement of working drawings to go to site, and to be issued to all parties.

  • Architects report to client group and administration.

  • Client to commit to contract.

  • Signing of contracts and commencement of work on site.


Stage 11     Establish fortnightly formal site meetings builder, client representative and architect. Architect to take minutes. Meetings to continue throughout the completion of the project.

  • Monthly progress claim assessment by architect and quantity surveyor. Progress claim    forwarded to Council representative including variation additions and deletions, Time extensions etc. Client representative/architect review of Budgets & design brief Criteria

  • Site visits and meetings as may be required by the architect to administer the projects.


Stage 12     Completion of all works on site.  Review of contract by architect

  • Initial defects lists drafter

  • Review occupancy requirements with client representative


Stage 13     Occupancy

  • Finalisations of contract  by architect/  builder/ quantity surveyor

        Client Representative and architect to review final contract

        Architect and Client review of project as a whole.

        Maintenance period begins. Builder is to make good all and complete project according to final contract document to satisfy client and architect.

End of Maintenance period – completion of contract

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