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09 308 0070  |  info@penzl.co.nz

     c  Pacific Environments NZ Ltd


The building process is a minefield of rules, processes, regulations and often contradictory advice.

Our approach is to guide the way while making the process understandable and more enjoyable. We do it together where we tailor the services to suit your needs -especially if it’s your first-time. We recognise the huge investment and the trust that is needed when starting out.

Through our education and experience we have developed necessary skills to provide an overview of the entire building process to steer you through and where necessary know when to get outside help. All projects are unique and we offer a selection from our comprehensive services:


Pre-Design – site selection, pre-purchase feasibility, assistance with developing the brief, research


Concept Design – developing initial ideas and options to test the site and design direction


Preliminary Design – indicative floor layouts, elevations


Developed Design


Detailed Design -working Drawings and Specification


Procurement (Tendering)


Contract Administration or Observation

To provide an inclusive design service we can provide

Urban Design

Interior Design

Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD)

Master Planning and feasibility studies

Guidance with selection of Consultants as needed.


We emphasis the value of listening and -really understanding the spatial and budgetary needs, as well as your lifestyle and dreams. Only then do we start the design process. Your involvement in the project -whether more hands-on or fully guided, is discussed to ensure expectations are achieved.  


The outcome for you is a well-designed and resolved project, added value, on programme, budget and an enjoyable process.

The teams’ enjoyment comes from working through unique and complex design challenges while delivering innovative and exciting pragmatic outcomes -hopefully that fulfil and often far exceed initial expectations. Their positive, energetic and hands on approach means they deliver real tailored solutions, not generic answers.

It’s important that everyone is proud of the achievements.


"The principle of listening, someone has said, is to develop a big ear rather than a big mouth" - Howard G. and Jeanne Hendricks

A successful building hinges on much more than a creative solution. It also requires an understanding client and a supportive architect who are both prepared to listen and question.

The Architect transforms the client's ideas and needs to deliver the satisfaction, enjoyment and thrill of producing a finished building.


"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them" - Ralph Nichols

As Architects, Pacific Environments will get to know you - their clients, not just through your brief but through understanding and empathizing with your lifestyle i.e. what it is about your life and way of living that is deeply important to you. This can include applicable research.

The brief defines the functional, rational and spatial requirements of a project, resulting in a 'naturally belonging' building that fits within it's physical and social environment.


"There may be many answers, but only one solution that really fits" - Anonymous

The design process is an exciting 'multi-stage' and encompassing investigation by which the design team explore several spatial, conceptual and aesthetic options for each design brief.

Pacific Environments explore and offer possible answers and (along with the client) will determine which of these answers 'fits' best in terms of the site, brief, budget and client's lifestyle etc. 

The design process involves a hands-on and communicative approach between architect and client, with both parties generating ideas and energy from the other as the brief often evolves and develops over time.

The most relevant answer is the solution.


Here are the typical steps that Pacific Environments Architects will generally follow when undertaking a project. The process may vary depending on the scope of the project and is tailored to get the best for the project - whatever it is.



  • Assist the client in identifying sites and opportunities.

  • Identify factors affecting the site's suitability.

  • Undertake bulk and location analysis -utilising Town Planning data.

  • Assess potential layouts and re-use of existing buildings.

  • Overview of Town Planning rules and criteria.

  • Establish/clarify the brief and scope of work.

  • Research to determine design parameters and new/relevant ideas.

  • Identify and define design direction, concept, constraints and opportunities.

  • Determine key design issues / concept overview.

  • Discuss budget, timing, technology, materials and construction methods.



  • Preliminary design and drawings are done to explore design opportunities and clarify parameters.

  • Master Planning and/or Urban Design at the widest level - meeting long and short term aspirations.

  • Development of floor plans, elevations, and/or exploratory sections presented to client for comment.

  • Ideas presented with drawings, models, CAD 3D presentation and/or photo montage.

  • Establish extent of possible consultants scope of work; budget estimates (by Quantity Surveyor).



  • Expand the agreed preliminary drawings for final client approval.

  • All design decisions made and materials defined.

  • Revised cost estimates completed (by Quantity Surveyor).

  • Plans, elevations, sections and perspectives provided with fitting and furniture layouts for each space.

  • Urban Design overlay.

  • Resource Consent applied for.

  • Environmental and energy-efficiency studies, sustainability analysis and design.



  • All design decisions documented - working drawings and specifications processed for Building Consent application, tendering and construction.

  • Additional team members engaged to complete Interior Design (as a separate service).

  • Concept drawings - layouts, cabinetry etc.

  • Provide sample materials and actual colours.

  • Complete interior finishes schedules.

  • Source materials, furniture and products - fittings, finishes.

  • Building Consent applications.

  • Liaise with Council for consent approval.



  • Prepare documents for signing and construction contract.

  • Clarify programme and contracts.

  • Additional documentation provided and specifications expanded to include building contract, special conditions for pricing and insurances.

  • Outline responsibilities of client and builder.

  • Additional drawings.

  • Could include electrical drawings, kitchen and bathroom fittings, shop fittings, graphic design, landscaping structures and tenancy fit outs.

  • Essential for obtaining fixed price contracts.



  • Liaise and administer the building contract between client and builder.

  • Visit site to observe progress and ensure compliance with contract documents.

  • Supply supplementary details to contract documents if required.

  • Process project payments.

  • Practical completion.

  • Practical completion assessment.

  • Remedial works follow up.

  • Check final accounts.

  • Certificate of Practical Completion issued, followed by Code of Compliance Certification.



  • Building and equipment maintenance.

  • Arrangement of appropriate on-going maintenance contracts.

  • Post-occupancy evaluation.

  • Energy studies