HARRIS BUTT ARCHITECTURE

198 Bank Street Regent ,
Whangarei, NZ

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The primary goal of Harris Butt Architecture is to produce elegant architecture that utilises a combination of proven building approaches and the best technological advances available today.

The Directors of HB Architecture strongly believe that the form of a building must first of all offer protection against the elements - wind, rain, heat and cold - and that the beauty and design of a building is as important as its usability and function. Only beautifully made buildings contribute to our built environment in a sustainable way - ultimately it is only these buildings that will be considered worthy of preservation.

The challenge is to integrate function and aesthetic value into an enduring architecture that cooperates with nature and works in concert with ecological principles.

HB Architecture is a new practice, established in 2007. However, the architectural design team as individuals has earned a strong reputation by working collaboratively with industry professionals in related disciplines for more than twenty-five years. Completed work span many types of commercial, industrial and residential projects.

HB Architecture will continue to provide creative design solutions backed by excellent communications technology and rigorous delivery controls.

Pre-design Services
We can meet to discuses your intentions or arrange a site visit. Liaise with surveyors to establish existing site conditions and collect any data that may need to be obtained e.g. Land Information Memorandum (LIM), Certificate of Title (CT).

Feasibility study
A specific building or site analyses bases on location, layout and conditions for establishing the best approach to your building/s and/or project.

Master Planning
Usually this occurs at the infancy of a larger multi-unit, mixed-use or commercial project but can also occur on smaller projects and are often undertaken after the feasibility study. The outcome is an architectural scheme that identifies a project's optimal possibilities, risks both short and long term and potential of staging a project. This process offers the client the design information necessary to assess the viability & success of a large-scale project.

Concept design
After establishing the clients brief, we create a design solution through basic concept sketch plans and drawings to discus with the client. We may also consult with Territorial / Building Consent Authorities based on the scope of work.

Preliminary design
Once the concept design has been agreed, we turn the concept plan into a preliminary design solution with 3D computer modeling. This will give you an impression of the finished project before it's built. Generally once this is complete we would obtain a cost report from a Quantity Surveyor to establish an estimate of the project cost.

Presentations
We can provide graphic presentations of any architectural project. We have specialised computer software to produce three-dimensional renderings as well as the ability to create an artists impression of the final project. These services are often used as visual aids for selling purposes or resource consent applications.

Resource Consent
In some cases the project many fall outside the scope and requirements of the district plan. In this instance we work with the relevant Council and Town Planning Consultants to obtain resource consent approval.

Developed Design
During this stage we coordinate and integrate input from specialists, sub-consultants, and any decisions made as a result of the resource consent process. The design is also refined to a stage from which detailed design drawings, building consent drawings and documents can be prepared. We also prepare finishes schedules of preliminary materials, fittings and finishes. Obtain and report on the cost estimate from a Quantity Surveyor and update / report on the project timeline.

Working Drawings - Detailed Design & Documentation
This stage takes the design documents to the next level where a more detailed and methodical approached is taken so to produce documents and drawings which allow the project to be accurately priced and built. From these documents the relevant Council will also approve the construction during onsite inspections.

Building Consent
As this stage the detailed design drawings and other documentation are submitted to council in order to obtain a Building Consent. We can also assist through the consent process by constant communication with the relevant Council.

Tender Drawings
Detailed Design Drawings are produced so that contractors can give you the best price based on the drawings that represent the finished project. We would also recommend the drawings be priced by a Quantity Surveyor at this stage for an accurate cost comparison.

Construction Drawings
Generally we would issue a final construction set of drawings + documents to the contractor before site works begin. This is to construct projects from the most up to date and relevant documentation. This step is also implemented as a quality control measure to ensures any changes that may have occurred during the consent and tender processes are picked up minimizing the risk of costly mistakes.

Site Observation & Contract Administration
While design and documentation of buildings may be rightly regarded as our core skill, the architect or design professional is also trained to take an overview of the entire building process. No other professional offers such a comprehensive service.

This stage of the process is sometimes referred to as project management, which historically has been the role of the architect. The construction process and the involvement of the many parties that participate can prove stressful at the best of times. Having a trained professional to assist you through this process can help to relieve any added pressure.

We offer site observation, which enables us to co-ordinate the building process with the client and respond to their enquires. We also make periodic site visits to deliver the final project as the design was intended.

During this phase we not only monitor progress of work and record variations but we also receive contractors' claims and prepare payment schedules. We also assess the quality and report on work finished while making sure it is compliant with the building consent documents. At the final stage we determine and certify practical completion, assess any defects and issue defects notices and assemble a maintenance manual for the client.

Interior design
As part of our service we can design the interior concept including the furnishings, finishes and colours to create the desired ambience throughout. We also have an established relationship with interior consultants to help us deliver the desired outcome.

Landscape design & Urban design
It is our goal to create desirable & interactive environments in which to live, work and play. As architects we are capable of producing both landscape and urban schemes that are an extension of the building and interior space.

We believe there is no one better situated to understand and integrate the overall design of the project or master plan based upon our concept. Often we work with outside consultants to establish a more detailed layout or planting scheme based upon our initial drawings.

CAD Technology
We use CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology for the majority of our drawings. This gives the added advantage of being able to view our designs in 3D. This also enables us to share information with other consultants quickly and accurately.

3D Printing
HB Architecture has the capability to produce in-house scale models. Our practice has enlisted the help of a new 3D printer, which allows us to bring our virtual CAD models to a physical reality. The 3D printing process uses a filament called polylactic acid (bioplastic derived from corn). This filament is pulled through a print head and just before it is extruded, it passes through a heated tube that liquefies the plastic. The nozzle deposits it in ultra fine lines and the plastic solidifies quickly, sealing together layers. This new technology speeds up the model making process making highly complex models more accurate. Architectural models help communicate design ideas making it easier to understand volumes and spaces.

Please also refer to the New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated - Guide to Architects Services. 

 

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GRANT HARRIS

Architect
B.Arch (Hons.) Registered Architect
ANZIA, MNZIOB

Grant has spent most of his thirty years in building industry as an employee in some of the most respected architectural companies in NZ.
He originally trained as a draftsman before entering the Auckland School of Architecture where he graduated with honors.

Warren and Mahoney Architects employed Grant for a total of fifteen years where he worked on many award-winning buildings.

On leaving Warren and Mahoney Grant joined the now Ignite Architects where he also completed a number of award winning buildings.

Grant was a Director at Ignite and was part of the management team responsible for running a practice of fifty plus people as well as architect responsible for the design and delivery of projects.

During this time he was also involved with lecturing at Auckland University – School of Architecture – and attended the Glenn Murcutt Master Class at Newcastle University.

In 2007 Grant left Ignite Architects & moved to Whangarei where he partnered with Ian Butt to form Harris Butt Architecture Ltd. During the past eight years Ian and Grant have jointly worked on a number of projects, including the Waitangi National Trust Gateway and Amenities buildings, the Knoll Ridge Café on Mt. Ruapehu, and The Hub – new premises for Whangarei Art Museum & Heritage Trail.

Grant is the sole director / Architect with an overview of design, documentation and project delivery.

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IAN BUTT

Designer
Licensed Building Practitioner - Design D3
ADNZ, MNZIOB


Ian has operated in Whangarei for 24 years as an Architectural Designer employing up to seven staff.

His experience ranges through design, documentation and project observation of residential, multi-unit housing, commercial and industrial projects. He has a considerable knowledge of the Northland region and has gained a broad range of experience designing and developing projects throughout Northland and the wider area throughout his career.

In 1984 Ian opened his own architectural practice Butt Design Limited.

Butt Design grew steadily and over a near twenty-year period completing many of the well-known projects in Northland, such as the Whangarei Town Basin Development, Paihia Waterfront development, the Whangarei Mall Redevelopment and apartment buildings in Paihia.

In 2007, Ian partnered with Grant Harris (ex Warren & Mahoney and Ignite Architects) and started Harris Butt Architecture. Here they have been jointly working on key cultural projects such as the Waitangi National Trust Gateway and Amenities buildings. Most recently Ian has completed the new premises for Whanagrei Art Museum located in The Hub at the Whangarei Town Basin.

In March 31st, 2016, Ian officially retired as director and share holder of HB Architecture. He is currently employed on a part time basis.

His responsibilities in this practice include design, documentation and project observation.

TEAM

KERRY REYBURN
Senior Technician

BEN BROWN
Architecture Graduate
B.Arch

TODD ALLEN
Architecture Graduate
B.Arch

BRETT HULLEY
Architecture Graduate
M.Arch (Prof) B.A.S

ALEX CAMPBELL
Architecture Graduate
B.A.S

Waitangi Museum and Education Centre - Waitangi Treaty Grounds

  • SERVICE IQ 206 MUSEUM AWARD
    Te Kongahu, the Museum of Waitangi was jointly named the best project winner.
  • PROPERTY COUNCIL 2016 NZ MERIT AWARD
    Education and Arts property.

Northland Port Corporation - Whangarei

  • ADNZ DESIGN AWARD 2014 - REGIONAL WINNER
    Commercial / Industrial Design Award - Auckland / Northland Region

Northland Athletics & Gymnastic Stadium - Kensington - Whangarei

  • ADNZ DESIGN AWARD 2013 - NATIONAL FINALIST
    Commercial / Industrial Design Award
  • ADNZ DESIGN AWARD 2013 - HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Commercial / Industrial Design Award - Auckland / Northland Region

Knoll Ridge Cafe - Whakapapa - Mt. Ruapehu

  • DESIGN CURIAL 2015
    Best Designed Cafe in the World
  • NEW ZEALAND ARCHITECTURE MEDAL FINALIST 2012
  • NEW ZEALAND ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2012
    Commercial Architecture
  • NZIA LOCAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2011
    Commercial - Western Architecture Awards
  • NZ TIMBER DESIGN AWARD 2011
    Commercial Architectural Excellence
    Highly Commended
  • NATIONAL WINNER
    RMB 2011 Commercial Project Awards 'Tourism & Leisure Project' Category
  • SUPREME AWARD
    Waikato RMB 2011 Commercial Project of the Year
  • CATEGORY WINNER
    Waikato RMB 2011 'Tourism & Leisure' Project
  • GOLD RESERVE FINALIST
    RMB 2011 Commercial Project Awards 'Tourism & Leisure Project' Category
  • LIFE MEMBER AWARD
    Waikato RMB 2011 'Construction Excellence in workmanship, creativity and innovation

Northland Sports House - Kensington Park - Whangarei

  • ADNZ DESIGN AWARD 2011
    Commercial - Industrial Category

Waitangi Toilet Block - Waitangi Treaty Grounds - Northland

  • NZIA LOCAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2010
    Small Project - Auckland Architecture Awards
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