Too Big For Our Boots!

As our company continues to expand due to our large referral base and the extremely high quality of our product, we have outgrown our current premises.

We have designed a new head office, purpose built to house our management, drafting, administration and manufacturing departments.  This will be the new home of Clarke’s Design & Construct.

Our two storey office will be constructed from concrete and other commercial products such as:

  • Aluminium composite cladding
  • Reconstructed weatherboards
  • Galvanized steel
  • Commercial glazing

The internal fit-out will follow the industrial theme with raw finishes such as polished concrete floors, brickwork, timber ceilings and glass partitions. Check out this 3D video model that we have generated in house for our new head office.

The structural steel manufacturing department will be aided by an overhead gantry crane and will be set up specifically for cleaning, welding, painting and dispatch of steelwork.  These efficiencies will not only allow us to produce product quicker, but at a more competitive rate.
We will keep you updated with the progress of our new development, so you too can enjoy the journey with us.
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If you’d like to find out more about how we could help you, or if you have any questions, please call on 1300 11 25 11.

You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Speed to do a Quality Job

The common assumption in the building trade is that the faster you go the worse the job will be.  But what we’ve found is that you don’t have to sacrifice speed to do a good, quality job.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a limit and you still need to be careful of builders who overpromise as you don’t want them to cut corners.

Clients often ask, “How quickly can you do it?”, and obviously in most cases they want it done as quickly as possible.  Some builders will promise the earth and then end up cutting corners leading to a poor job and not giving you exactly what you need.

The real answer a builder should give you is, “We can get your building completed reasonably fast and still provide a good quality job”. This is what we do at Clarke’s.

Often when clients talk to us they need the place built tomorrow.  That’s understandable, as most of the time they’ve been thinking and planning this development for a while.  The important thing for you is to make sure you plan for a reasonable amount of time for construction.  Otherwise you’re at risk of the builder cutting corners to fit with your timeframe, which will cause you problems down the line.

So, what is a reasonable timeframe?  Obviously that depends on the size and the complexity of the building, but as a guide an average size building of around 1,500m² would take around six months to construct.

For a larger project, say around 2,500m², you’re probably looking at around nine months as a reasonable time for construction.  And then for a smaller project between 300m²  to 500m² you’re looking at around four months.

These timeframes are just a guide and it will depend on the details of your project, but when you’re planning for the construction this should be a reasonable timeframe to allow, nothing less.

I hope this has been a helpful guide, however if you have any questions then please give us a call on 1300 11 25 11.

How to get a Better Return on your Investment

We are being asked more and more these days, to design and build warehouses with increased volume.

Depending on where the land is situated and the current zoning, most industrial areas allow buildings up to 11.5m high and some areas (like Yatala) even higher.

From a construction point of view an increase in the height of the building is not proportional to the overall build cost.  Sometimes it is only a small increase in price to go from 7m high to 11m, which will give you a much larger volume.

To give you an example, pictured above is a building we have just completed.  It is 11.5m at the highest point.  The floor areas is a little over 1,700m² with a volume over 19,000m3.

Whilst the ability to charge higher rates of additional rent is not always there, you will find the building enters a new market where prospective tenants will pay a bit more per meter.

From an owner occupier or business owners perspective it is a great benefit if you are storing product on pallet racking or bulk storage.

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So in summary, for a small additional outlay on the construction cost you will increase the return on your investment as the land price remains the same, therefore bettering your return.

If you’d like to find out more about how we could help you, or if you have any questions, please call on 1300 11 25 11.