A client we’ve worked with for a few years, Nextt Health, recently acquired Lizard Centre. The centre provides early intervention programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.
The client’s goal was to expand Lizard Centre beyond its existing Sydney and Adelaide presence by first setting up a blueprint space in Melbourne.
One of our directors here at BRM has some family members with autism and has seen the success early intervention programs offer – so we were immediately interested in the possibility of working with Lizard Centre to achieve its goal.
Apart from the opportunity to assist an organisation making a worthwhile contribution to the community, other factors also attracted us to this project.
The project was an interesting, challenging and broad one. It was an exercise in understanding the business model, client base, location, accommodation strategy and spatial analysis, leasing and fitout budget and the building and design requirements. All this was happening in a broader context, too, as Nextt Health was busy re-branding and positioning the centre for growth.
Tackling a challenging brief:
Our first step was researching autism and design. And the first thing we learnt? There’s not a lot of information out there on the topic and the information that does exist is mostly conflicting or vague!
So we pieced together information, and relied on strong input and feedback from our client, to tackle the brief. Prominent in the brief were the following:
BRM Projects proudly delivered Lizard Centre’s Melbourne blueprint on time and on budget. We were proud to work on the project and learnt a lot along the way.
And we were extremely satisfied with feedback from Lizard Centre’s National Operations Manager during the project, Jeff Temple:
“BRM Projects was attentive, available and responsive. All important things in these types of projects.
My own background is design and project management, so I knew what they were supposed to be doing and the process. I was probably more probing than the average client and wasn’t in a position to have the wool pulled over my eyes.
BRM Projects absolutely understood the brief and concept. The project came in within budget and the look and feel of the design was certainly what we wanted, it was a great result.”