On Saturday night Focus Eye Centre was awarded the 2013 MBA Excellence in Construction Award for Commercial Buildings (up to $5,000,000).

Congratulations to Beebo Constructions and Focus Eye Centre – View the Project here

Our inspiration, The Hotel Rolyat, St. Petersburg, Florida


Georgina Wilson has been invited to present a seminar at the Sydney East Architects (SEA) speaker series. She will discuss An Architect’s Value: A Fresh Approach to Presenting Architectural Services.

David Springett will also be presenting.

The seminar will take place Tuesday 8th October 2013 6pm start (register from 5.30pm to 5.50pm.)

Tickets are $25 per person (registrations to 5.50pm)/ $30 per person (registrations after 5.50pm.) CPE Credit: 2 Formal Hours.

Venue: Paddington Bowling Club, 2 Quarry Street Paddington. Includes finger foods; drinks will be available at the bar.


Georgina  presented a talk  at Randwick City Council, August 8, 2013 as part of the Architecture on Show series with Luigi Roselli, and curated by Andrew Nimmo.

Georgina spoke about “Successful design: the value of a transparent experience” and Luigi discussed a modern approach to conservation.

Thank you to all who organised and participated in the event – it was a very interesting evening with a lively discussion following both talks.


Cost of Works:

  • Construction Cost
  • Architect’s Fees (10%-15% of construction cost)
  • Consultant Fees (5%-15% of construction cost, depending on project complexity)
  • DA/CC Fees & Certification Fees (varies between Councils, and whether a private certifier is used)
  • Contingency Sum (10%-20% of construction cost)
  • Builder’s Margin
  • GST

Other costs to consider:

  • Furnishings
  • Loose Equipment & Electrical Items
  • Landscaping
  • Rental/Accommodation Costs during construction

Project Unknowns:

  • Archaeological finds
  • Contamination Issues
  • Structural problems with existing buildings
  • Geotech
  • Bushfire prone land

Issues affecting budget:

  • A building is the sum of its parts – size matters. The biggest impact on a project cost is the area.
  • Builder’s experience and type of building contract
  • Site conditions and access
  • New building vs. alterations & additions


  • The Client provides a design brief, budget and program.
  • GWA prepares a Return Brief listing specific project requirements;
  • The Client reviews and approves the Return Brief.
  • We talk about the process and estimate time required for the proposed works. Project fee is discussed.
  • GWA researches and assesses the development controls and authority requirements;
  • GWA prepares a DA checklist and Council Code Study;
  • GWA assesses conditions, constraints and opportunities of the site based on a site visit, survey and photos; (other consultants may need to be engaged depending on site conditions)
  • GWA assists the Client with the engagement of a building surveyor to undertake a site survey;
  • GWA prepares a set of ‘as existing’ drawings of any existing structures on the property, including plans and elevations;
  • Meetings with the Client as required.


  • GWA produces drawings that show the general planning and proposed style of the design options;
  • The Client reviews options and recommends updates. GWA incorporates changes or refinements based on this feedback;
  • GWA reviews the proposed design in relation to planning controls;
  • GWA may suggest a Pre-DA meeting with Council;
  • GWA provides preliminary sketch design documents, including basic materials and finishes, for costing by Quantity Surveyor or Builder if required;
  • Meetings with the Client as required;
  • The Client signs off approved concept design before proceeding to next phase of work.

What do you do at GWA? I enjoy working with clients on makeovers of their most cherished environments.

What were you doing before you joined GWA? After university I had extensive experience designing and managing projects of different scale and type. After living in France with my family, I had the opportunity to reflect on where to take my career, and GWA grew organically from there.

What do you do that’s not related to Architecture?
I play with my three kids, enter in local fun runs and love a quiet dinner with my husband.