WGM Design

Welcome to WGM Design

architecture and building – design excellence

Starting in Architecture in 1970, the first incarnation of WGM Design arrived in 1975 as WGM Design Partnership and continued until 1986 when the partnership was dropped and we became “WGM Design”

Throughout the life of WGM Design, we ran a small design studio servicing the residential, retail and small commercial world specialising in Retail Design, as well as contracting my services out to the broader Architectural world, which is where I spent the majority of my time in latter years.

We are now located in the beautiful Lake Macquarie area 1.5 hrs north of Sydney and a short 40 mins to Newcastle CBD. – Live the Life Love the Lake – where we have established our design studio to service both the private and business community with our knowledge and expertise.

As part of this new phase of our business life and with 40+ years involvement in the Architecture industry, many of them spent designing specialty retail businesses, we are in a unique position of providing expert planning, design, business operation and branding advice with a strong ongoing commitment to assist existing retail businesses and new business startups.

We cover all aspects of concept design, documentation, construction design and detailing. We are dedicated to giving our clients what they want, with excellence in design outcomes, high quality documentation, prompt and personal service, with our primary design expertise centering around:

  • Retail
  • Commercial
  • Residential

As well as our primary design expertise, we also have significant experience in other building types including:

  • retail malls
  • institutional
  • social housing
  • hospitals
  • tourism & hospitality
  • Commonwealth and State government projects

My personal skills and expertise are in the areas of:

  • project management – manage the project including document control and delivery, cost management, team leader/management, consultant co-ordination, client relationship/management
  • project programming and resourcing – team selection for major projects, (up to 20 team members) producing project programming schedules including all deliverables, drawing schedules
  • mentor – mentoring young graduate Architects within the organisation (Group GSA), to impart some of my knowledge and experience onto the new generation of Architects. An invaluable role for all of us.
  • project fee proposals - proposals for D & C and full Architectural service for major projects up to $500 mil including, scope of service, manning schedules, project delivery methodology etc.
  • site supervision – acting as project architect to supervise project on site in the interest of the client, ensure conformity to project brief, on site problem solving with builder/developer
  • consultant co-ordination – manage the project consultant team, manage and run weekly project meetings, review consultant document progress, assess progress claims etc.
  • people skills – innate ability to “get on” with people across all levels from student architects to CEO’s, have gained significant experience in managing large project teams with diversified backgrounds.
  • business mentoring program – have assisted many retail businesses over the years and am now specialising in assisting the new business entrepreneur in starting a new business, focusing on the retail industry.
  • construction problem solving – experienced in solving those unforeseen construction issues on site that pose real cost issue for clients and developers, generally in collaboration with structural engineer and other project consultants.
  • construction design & documentation – expert in construction design and documentation and love this aspect of my profession. This is the field I was sought after for and where I gained my most valuable learning from.
  • documentation check /services co-ordination – experienced in checking documentation for accuracy, errors, and most importantly, build-ability. Do they do the job they are required to do, can I build the building from them, can I set the building out on site etc. Checking/co-ordination of all consultant documents against Architecturals for errors and conflicts.
Although we love all aspects of Architecture and design, we specialise in RETAIL DESIGN including consulting services to existing businesses and Shopping Centre Managers to assist and advise retailers through what could only be called difficult times. We are strongly influenced by the internet and use it extensively for marketing, research and business expansion and we are currently involved in setting up a range of online services to assist the retail industry.
If you would like to discuss anything Architecture or Retail please drop me an email so we can hook up.

Email: warren@wgmdesign.com.au

Web: http://www.wgmdesign.com.au

Blog: http://www.wgmdesigngroup.com

Business Startup: http://retailstartupinabox.com

Linkedin: au.linkedin.com/in/wmeadley/