We like collaborating with Paul Gardiner Architects.
Having already teamed up to deliver five projects and nearly 10,000 square metres of office space, we know we provide a dynamic and well-rounded team. However for those previous projects BRM provided project management guidance directly to the client. So when Paul Gardiner approached BRM for the high profile University of Melbourne Department of Surgery project for our input on loose furniture, front of house display and work zones, we were both honoured and feeling a little nervous to contribute to the design.
Paul’s brief was simple. “Just meet the client. Give some design input where you feel you can add value, and make sure you get it right!” Now that’s trust. But we love a challenge.
What followed was a reverse team, with BRM working under PGA who handled the lion’s share of the project. And to be honest we relished the idea of seeing another operator manage the budget, grapple with the construction detail and lead the client meetings.
We loved the PGA design, from initial concepts and samples through the finished result. And we enjoyed watching a passionate and exacting client absorb, argue out and shape the plans. Which is why we worked so hard to deliver solutions worthy of the design.
BRM enlisted the specialist signage and presentation skills of Hindsight Design for a challenging brief, recommended and sourced loose furniture from trusted suppliers and provided workstation and joinery input through the design development phase.
Hindsight Design's “Dean’s Wall” concept provided a flexible Rubik’s Cube modern approach to displaying the department’s long and proud tradition of contributing Deans. The furniture schedule was tweaked and vetted by all stake-holders to blend in with the design. The original workstation concept morphed into purpose built joinery with seamless overlap between storage and work zones, using workstation solutions to deliver the cabling, power and storage.
Did Paul Gardiner Architects like our input?
“BRM were great at working in with and building on our design” says Paul Gardiner.
“The client and I were particularly impressed with BRM’s co-ordination on the Dean's Wall proposal – so much so we felt compelled to juggle the budget to incorporate the concept. And it evolved to form the centrepiece of the entry.”