Consultancy

  • Do you have a sub-dividable block of land and are interested in developing this?
  • Are you passionate about sustainability and community?
  • Do you want to do something different than a typical subdivision or re-development, but do not know where to start?

We would love to speak to you. We know from experience that doing the right thing is not always easy, but can help you make your contribution towards a more sustainable community.

Subdivide or not?

A lot of people think that you need to subdivide the land to be able to develop. This is not true. In fact, our developments would not have been possible had we subdivided the land. By avoiding breaking up the land into small individual parcels you have more flexibility in relation to design options which can be crucial when wanting to limit car access to the property and valuing green space. It is one of the key differences in developing with The Green Swing philosophy for sustainable urban communities.

How we can help

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Examples of typical site plans for duplex, triplex or multi-unit developments. Is this really the best we can do?

There are a range of things we can support and help you with which broadly fall into the following categories:

  • Facilitating the design process to sketch design

Develop and outline the design brief and other requirements; Preliminary research into local authority regulations and requirements for development; Analyze solar passive and Eco-effective design opportunities; Arrange engagement of architect or designer of your choice; Provide any necessary assistance to architect for design to sketch drawing level; Arrange for preliminary life cycle analysis and energy assessment on basis of architect’s sketches; Obtain samples of basic specification of materials and finishes; Obtain opinion of probable cost per square meter from two builders based on architect sketches and basic specification for owner’s construction budget.

  • Development approval

Architect to prepare more detailed drawings suitable for development approval submission; Assist with letters and forms required for development approval submission; Meet with representative from local government authority to review proposed development application prior to submission; Assist client with lodgement of development approval application; Liaise with local authority to facilitate development approval process; Respond to queries and requests for additional information as required

  • Preparation of plans agreement (PPA)

Client to choose whether to proceed with one or more builders; Arrange for builder(s) to provide you with PPA; Liaise between you and builder(s) through PPA stage to facilitate working drawings and pricing; Client to make final choice of builder; Arrange for builder to provide you with construction contract; Arrange for you to execute contract and to authorise building licence application.

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Concept plan The Green Swing / Genesis

  • Strata, pre-sales, construction and settlement

Facilitate client engagement of strata consulting company; Facilitate client engagement of agent for sales; Provide assistance to you in dealings with builder as required; Liaise with local authority and certifiers to facilitate post-construction approval processes; Assist you with consultants responsible for finalising strata arrangements; Assist you with agents responsible for progressing sales to settlement; Respond to queries and requests for additional information as required.

  • Anything else…

In the past we have been asked for advice in relation to windows, straw bale construction, selection of PV system, insulation and other building materials. It is an endless list of possible questions that you may have and would love us to help you out with. If we do not know the answer ourselves, we have a broad network of people and organisations that we can bring you in contact with. So don’t hesitate to contact us and ask for help!

Costs

We think it is important to get to know each other before entering into some formal work arrangement. We would like to meet you to discuss your vision, plans and dreams, how you would like to be involved and where you would like us to provide assistance. From here, together, we can determine a scope of works. We won’t charge you for this first meeting.

It is difficult to tell you exactly how much our cost is. It varies greatly on the scope of works, how much you want to do yourself and how much you would like us to help you make your project a reality. Many consultants work on a percentage of the cost basis, but we do not think this is really fair. For instance if you choose more expensive materials or construction methods we would be paid more while the amount of work involved for us is similar. We therefore think an hourly rate is more fair and generally charge $150/hour.

In some cases, we may be able to consider calculating our fee as a percentage of the expected profit of the project with an upfront payment by way of deposit before work commences.

While we can assist you with the end-to-end process of your project, as the client, you will engage all service providers by direct contract between you and the service provider; you will be responsible for payment of any accounts directly to these providers. Also all dealings regarding finance for the development are outside the scope of works.

Spreading the word

We love telling others that we are working with you on an exciting project. This means that as part of involving The Green Swing in your development, you can benefit from the reputation and exposure to publicity that The Green Swing brings to urban sustainable development.