As Published in Business North September 2013 Edition Page 29 http://issuu.com/waterfordpresslimited/docs/business_north_7f565d71fa4fc9
Building background brings benefits
Logan Architects Lts is distinctive in that the director Logan Reilly is a registered architect and has also worked in the past as a builder. “From working on building sites myself I know what will work abd what won’t when it comes time to construct. “This means that everything we design at Logan is not only extremely buildable but intelligent and creative,” says Reilly. In fact it was this key point of difference that he felt he could offer the marketplace that prompted him to start the company in 1995. “I felt that I could better add value to people’s projects in different and better ways than what was currently available.”
Based in Muriwai, Auckland, LoganArchitects offers a full range of architectural services fromm project feasability studies and pre-purchase design consultation through to finished drawings, consents and tendering. The company has worked on historic buildings to contemporary homes.
Reilly encourages his staff to regularly get out on building sites: “If they can’t visualise the materials or don’t know the weight of a piece of timber or steel for example how can they put it in a design and know it will work on site?” One example of the benefit of his hands on practical knowledge brings was in a commercial project the company has just designed. Logan Architects was able to reduce the steel equirements for the project by one fifth. “The result was a building that was comercially viable, giving the client excellent return on investment and tenants a favourable lease rate.
“Working closely with clients to review costs and ensure that projects are commercially viable is essential, especially in today’s market,” say Reilly. He says the strength of his practice is listening closely to clients then delivering what they want combined with offering them excellent design solutions. “We approach projects as a team from sub consultants to contractors on site so all involved have a good rapport and feel a part of the project. “This ability to work with people is vital because of the complexity of regulations today. Everyone must be on the same page.” To ensure this all projects are managed personally by Reilly, who travelled extensively and gained invaluable experience while working in architectural practices overseas in Brisbane, London and Frankfurt.
Logan Architects has now successfully completed many resedential, comercial, health, community and retail projects. Logan Architects is presently working on the North Piha Surf Club and depite tight limitations of the site will deliver design that maximises the building by smart utilisation of space. The company is also working on a new building for Hamilton Orthodontics and has just completed an office fit-out for Juralco and Autex.
A member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Logan Architects works throughout New Zealand. “Our practice is committed to producing outstanding achitectural solutions. We achieve this through an intimate knowledge of the art and science of architecture and constantly evolving our design and technical solutions. By listening carefully to our client’s requirements, asking questions and exploring design options we can ensure we always deliver the best result. The fact that we are a smaller boutique practice means that clients only deal with me. I have very loyal staff some of whom have been with the company for 10 years.
“This means our clients enjoy an extemely personal individual service.”