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Schematic design

The purpose of the schematic design is to develop the detailed design of the preferred development strategy, review the procurement methods and provide a total estimated investment (cost plan C1). The cost plan establishes a limit of cost that is the basis for the project budget and/or justification for a funding bid to government.

The schematic design clearly describes all major functional areas and their relationships in physical terms, identifies major plant and systems required for engineering services and structural, cladding and building elements. For reference in terms of outputs from this stage refer to the consultant’s checklist.

The schematic design guideline sets out the requirements for the first detailed design phase of the process, which leads to design development and documentation for conventional projects. The schematic design fully describes the proposed scope of works in architectural and engineering terms (i.e. plans and elevations).

This phase of a project can only commence after a feasibility study has been completed and the Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to the approved development option and scope of works.

Consultants are responsible to ensure that their schematic design is compliant with regulatory requirements including design requirements under occupational health and safety (OHS), essential services, planning requirements and building regulations.