Philosophy

PRACTICE PRINCIPLES

RFA looks at each new project as an opportunity to expand and develop our design philosophy that focuses on the lifestyle, functionality and the requirements of the end users. This philosophy has paid dividends to clients, developers as well as being appreciated by many end users.

RFA’s approach every new commission with a strong commitment to a series practice principles.

 

MAXIMISING SITE POTENTIAL

RFA understand that maximising site potential can be critical in achieving viability of a project. RFA strives to achieve maximum yields whether it be the number and size of apartments in an apartment block or floor space in a commercial, retail or industrial development. RFA recognises however that maximum site utilisation often needs to be balanced against other important criteria i.e. functionality, amenity, target markets etc.

 

PROFESSIONAL ADVICE

The Senior Partners of RFA bring an average of 30 years’ experience each in the building industry to table. This experience ranges from planning advice, design, construction, dealing with councils, and contractual matters as well as dispute resolution

RFA values it ability to provide esthetical and professional advice at all times and to tap into a team of consultants and professionals with the skills to deal with any planning, design or construction issue.

 

A PLACE TO LIVE WORK AND PLAY

RFA design spaces for people to live in, work in, shop in, learn and work in. We have experience in designing spaces that recognise the unique needs and aspirations of people and workplaces and have seen evidence that when these spaces are achieved, buildings are highly valued.

RFA look at buildings as packaging for the functions they contain and like any packing; packaging sells. From a high profile Corporate Headquarters or a function-driven factory or warehouse to a quiet, private apartment full of sun.

A place to live and good design.

RFA believes that end users are becoming more sophisticated. They are increasingly recognising that good design is important. and that good design contributes to quality of life.

Good design is not necessarily expensive finishes, oversized spaces or grandiose architectural statements.

RFA recognises that good design is the clever use of spaces, the careful relationship of one space to another, the relationship of outdoor spaces to indoor spaces, the choice of simple cost effective and low maintenance materials, the careful placement of windows, privacy, security, a sense of place and how the spaces relate to the natural environment.

Any dwelling, even if it is situated in a large complex should satisfy more than the basic human needs. It should allow sun to penetrate in winter, it should enable that sun to be controlled in summer allowing for cool and inviting spaces, places to sit and read, entertain, contemplate.

 

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

RFA is committed to sustainability architecture, or ecological design, RFA’s is to ensure that our actions and decisions today do not inhibit the opportunities of future generations.

 

BUILDING REGULATION AND CONTROLS

Building controls are an increasingly complex minefield. RFA have a long standing working relationship with an experienced team of consultants who are committed to achieving results. These consultants range from Structural Engineers experienced in the latest cost effective construction techniques to Town Planners with an intimate knowledge of Planning Regulations, Law and Planning Precedent to Landscape Architects who are familiar with the requirements of Local Councils and can create landscaping which enhances the amenity of the development.

 

THE LAND AND ENVIRONMENT COURT

Planning approval for a project is often frustrated by councils with political agendas and a lack of cle

Our success in the Land & Environment Court is based on our tenacious attitude towards understanding the case and our client. We have successfully contested the majority of the Local Court matters we have been involved in.

 

BUILDABILITY AND BUDGETS

RFA are acutely aware of the need to build to tight budgets in an ever increasingly competitive world. To that end we are constantly searching for new cost effective construction techniques and materials.

RFA knows the value of loose fit detailing and tight tolerances can blow a budget. RFA are constantly looking for ways of using off the shelf products in new and innovative ways.

 

PROJECT DOCUMENTATION

RFA’s extensive experience in the construction industry ensure that the project documentation process delivers a product with well-co-ordinated services and structure while maintaining cost effective details that reflect a thorough understanding of the building process.

RFA’s stringent document and quality control procedures guarantee that contract documents and documents delivered to site for construction are of a standard that minimises costly variations and cost blowouts.

 

QUALITY CONTROL

RFA have developed procedures over many years that are tailored to the specific needs of the organisation, clients, secondary consultants and are compatible with ISO 9000.

These procedures ensure the seamless and efficient execution of the complete design, documentation and construction management process from feasibility studies, concept design through to the completion of construction and encompass a wide range of project types and sizes from the small through to the large multi storie residential development

RFA carries out regular performance reviews of these procedures to ensure the incorporation of the latest management techniques and technology

The cornerstone of this management system is the Project Management Plan (PMP)

A PMP is set up for each project at its inception. This plan is tailored is to each specific project and ensures the appropriate allocation of resources, programming, document control procedures, quality control, project review and communication between RFA-MPA as the head consultant / client / secondary consultants / authorities / and the site.