Christopher Polly Architect is an award winning design and ideas-focused architecture practice established by Christopher Polly in Sydney in late 2005. In the same year the practice was selected by the Australian Institute of Architects for the ‘Emerging Young Architects’ Houses Tour and it has been widely published, both locally and internationally.
The practice distils a holistic detail design and process-led approach in the delivery of highly creative and pragmatic architectural solutions that resonate conceptual rigour and material invention. A strong emphasis is placed on a critical synthesis of the opportunities and constraints of each site, context and client brief as a catalyst for uniquely appropriate design outcomes in response to place, landscape and patterns of use.
Christopher Polly engages with clients who share in the reward of accomplishing bold visions to enrich their daily lives, who prioritise quality over quantity, and who place value in achieving inventive and well crafted spaces that are meticulously detailed and finished.
The practice has extensive experience in the design and procurement of projects across varied scales and types, and has garnered a reputation for delivering design excellence for projects on often complex sites. It provides highly personalised architectural services to clients and is involved in all stages of each project - underscored by solid working relationships with consultants and builders. Projects encompass new houses, additions and alterations to existing houses, and boutique retail, restaurant and workplace environments.
Christopher Polly Architect
17 Harold Street Newtown NSW 2042 Australia
ABN: 93 293 642 361
Nominated Architect: Christopher Polly
ARB Number: 7150
Australian Institute of Architects A+ Practice
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Christopher Polly is a registered architect who was educated at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 1997 with Class 1 Honours, the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Prize (best in state) and the Frank Fox Memorial Prize for his thesis on the urban design of Battery Park City in New York.
Prior to establishing private practice, he held a senior position with Tzannes Associates and previously worked within the practices of Candalepas Associates and Lippmann Associates. He has presented works in tours and talks, has been a juror for University of Technology final architecture studio presentations and was a selected juror for the 2017 AIA NSW Architecture Awards for Residential Architecture-Houses (New and Alterations & Additions).
The practice provides a full service of sketch design, design development, construction detail documentation, and construction period services for the best guarantee of a high quality outcome within the framework of a traditional procurement process from commencement of the project to its completion on site - broadly summarised as follows:
1. Sketch Design
/ Understanding client requirements and aspirations.
/ Preliminary review and analysis of council planning policies pertaining to the site, site visit to enable an assessment of site opportunities & constraints, photographic survey of subject site & neighbouring conditions, site measure and preparation of measured plan drawings of existing conditions.
/ Management of delivery of, and co-ordination & integration of the work required from a separately client-appointed Surveyor.
/ Exploration & production of sketch design options and supporting information aligned to the brief to reach the preferred design, with drawings encompassing a level of detail suitable for preliminary cost estimates if needed.
2. Detailed Design / Development Application (DA)
/ Development of the preferred and client-approved design option, with revisions as needed, into the final design for a DA to council, with preparation of a range of numerous accompanying documents as required by council.
/ Management of any separately client-appointed consultants as needed by council, and co-coordination & integration of consultants’ design work.
/ Completion of required forms and checklists, and obtainment of the client’s approval of the final developed drawings & documents to proceed with lodgement of the DA.
/ Pre-application meeting if needed with council to facilitate obtaining approval.
3a. Construction Certificate (CC) Documentation
/ Development of DA documents into detailed plan, elevation and section drawings & specifications with accompanying schedules for a CC application to a separately client-appointed Private Certifier, meeting detail requirements of DA consent conditions in accordance with the Certifier’s checklist.
/ Management of delivery of, and co-ordination & integration of the work required from separately client-appointed consultants to meet DA consent conditions.
/ Completion of all required forms and checklists, and obtainment of the client’s approval of the final developed drawings and documents to proceed with lodgement of the Construction Certificate application.
3b. Construction Detail Documentation
/ Development of the approved CC into variously scaled detail construction drawings, schedules, specifications & accompanying documents.
/ Client input for selection of fixtures, fittings, equipment & particular interior finishes.
/ Reviews and mark-ups of ongoing preliminary drawing sets prepared by the previously appointed consultants (at CC) for management of delivery of their final work, and co-ordination & integration into the final architectural detail construction documentation.
/ Meetings with the client and completion of the client approved final construction set of architectural, structural and hydraulic documents in readiness for tendering.
/ Investigations and vetting of suitable and available contractors via research and calls to contractors, with reporting of investigations to the client.
/ Preparation and production of all tender documents & forms in hard copy and electronic versions, and submission of complete tender packages to 3 selected tenderers and client, attendance of one tandem on-site meeting with each tenderer and the client.
/ Complete management of the tender process, responses to tender queries with information as needed, tabling and analysis assessments of submissions for clarifications, discussions with client and tenderers & tender negotiation period with one preferred tenderer with a view to their selection as the contractor.
4a. Construction Period: Contract Documentation & Contract Administration
/ Preparation of all Contract Documentation, with any revisions as required to the documentation following cost outcomes from negotiations with the preferred contractor, inclusive of the nominated contract, drawings and all other documentation into the final set of contract documents for signing by both the client and selected contractor, for a traditional lump sum architect-administered contract over an assumed construction period.
/ Attendance at fortnightly site meetings, preparation of meeting minutes, and preparation of supplementary details and information to clarify the contract documents.
/ Complete administration of the contract between client & contract to ensure design quality and workmanship are maintained & delivered throughout construction on site.
/ Complete financial management of the contract, documentation management, substitutions & variations management, further intermittent site visits as needed by the contractor and extensive off-site time as needed.
4b. Post Construction
/ Site visit and photographic record of defects and incomplete works once practical completion is reached.
/ Preparation of 1 defects list for defects and incomplete work to issue to the contractor under the contract provisions, with any further revised versions issued as needed.
/ Site visits to assess progressive completion of all defects as notified by contractor, and assessment of the final contract account on completion of all defects work.