By Their Works ye shall know them.

Morris Bray lets its successful projects do the talking.

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-By John Boley

The Morris Bray Group offers a strategic portfolio of architectural services to the property industry. First formed in 1974, the two main entities are Morris Bray Architects Pty Ltd and Innervision Pty Ltd. Situated in Crows Nest, the company operates in a studio environment with a focus on communication and personal service. The medium sized practice has developed a reputation among its wide range of clients for producing building solutions by careful, well considered design processes which are tailored to suit the specific needs of each client. Areas of particular expertise are the initial planning stages, where the client’s needs are carefully modelled into a comprehensive brief, and the subsequent development of all the identified requirements into a building design. To ensure high standards are maintained, the two directors are personally involved in the preparation of the Design and Contract Documents, and the construction on site is personally overseen by a senior staff member, as prescribed by the Practice Quality Assurance Procedure Manual.

With a strong focus on staff agency and empowerment, Morris Bray has built a highly skilled team of professionals. The firm experiences very low staff turnover, enabling it to provide excellent service with consistency. Morris Bray takes a team approach to every project it undertakes, working closely with clients and sub-contractors to promote “an environment of trust, cooperation and teamwork and the formation of close working relationships, where problems can be discussed and resolved as they arise.”

Morris Bray combines innovative and creative building design with cost effective planning and construction methods to deliver results that blend aesthetic appeal with function and return on investment.

The company’s many successful projects include:

Master Planning:
Bunderra. Location: Boolaroo, NSW. Site area: 250 hectares

Following a remediation order in 2000, Pasminco Cockle Creek Smelter Pty Ltd ceased operations and was required by state order to remediate the environmental degradation resulting from its industrial manufacturing activities. PacLib engaged MBA to provide its master plan expertise in rethinking the site and delivering a sound and sustainable urban structure for the future development. A comprehensive site analysis has been undertaken to identify the physical and environmental constraints and opportunities for development.

Triniti Business Park. Location: 39 Delhi Road, North Ryde

A 30,000 square metre campus of three high quality office buildings, designed to achieve 4.5 star ABGR and with access to 1000 car spaces. The focus of the campus is a large landscaped outdoor public space and a café facility located at the heart of the buildings. The ‘campus style’ of the development will allow opportunities for corporate interaction, a lively business and staff community and capacity for expansion within the campus. The challenge to allow this integration whilst still achieving individual corporate identity has been satisfied by the variations in the architectural treatment and the differentiation in each building’s colour scheme.

Commercial :
Norwest Centra. Location: Norwest Business Park, Baulkham Hills

A spacious, contemporary commercial and retail development of new A grade, CBD style strata offices. The complex comprises two office towers of five and seven storeys, and a third lower level, two storey building of office and retail space, including six waterfront restaurants.

The total GFA of this successful development is 20,610 square metres, comprising commercial offices, retail and restaurant, and total car parking for 728 vehicles.

Belmore St Penrith

This development comprises two wings attached to a central climate modifying atrium. The atrium is the main environmental & transport hub of the building, aiding in natural heating, cooling and ventilation as well as naturally lighting the internal office spaces. It houses a series of lifts, bridged links & stairs which occupy the void above the lobby area, engaging people at street level with the occupants of the building. While producing a dynamic and ecological solution, the building form also maintains commercial efficacy – the use of the divided floor plate allows flexibility of fitout and the ability to take full advantage of multiple tenancies. The design provides for six storeys of commercial office space in addition to a retail, entrance and lobby ground floor area and substantial basement parking.

Council works depot. Location: 27 Gibbes St, Chatswood Client: Willoughby City Council

The challenges to the successful planning of this development included an awkward ‘L’ shape block with substantial cross-fall and a major gas regulator station in the central area. The development comprises of 5 levels with 18 two storey industrial tenancies and a café all accessed directly off the Gibbes St level. The Council Works Depot is located off Gibbes St via a ramp down and consists of workshops, storage areas, offices, car and truck parking over 3 levels.

State Transit Authority Head Office & Depot Masterplan, Pittwater Road, Brookvale

This plan sees a 4 Star ABGR rating and incorporates ecologically sustainable design development principles. It houses regional administrative offices and staff and driver training facilities. Features include a staff amenity area of recreation rooms, change rooms, and workshop facilities.

Multi-unit Residential:
Diamond Beach Red Head. Client: SAF Property Group

The Redhead site is located on existing farmland, approximately 10kms north of Forster. The site is an ocean front site with unique ecological features. “The Knoll” over an area of approximately 29ha comprises housing, apartments, bed and breakfast units, conference and commercial rooms, café and recreation areas. The site fans from a high centred point at the southern side down towards the northeast or ocean side. The proposed buildings radiate from this central point and step down the slope to maximise views and gain maximum northern sun.

Tourism and Leisure:
8 Golden Fish Theme Park & Six Star Hotel, Qingdao, China

The site has a beautiful south facing orientation toward the ocean and is ideally located to encourage water based activities, water views and aspect. The site is situated approximately 25 km to the north of Qingdao CBD and has an area of approx 380,000 square metres.

Smiths Lake, Forster, NSW

This site is a Resi/Resort Eco-development spanning approximately 10ha. It comprises 11 superblocks to be developed in 10 Stages. Featuring 70 total dwellings, with 10 detached, 16 townhouses, and 2 key resort units, facilities include a community centre, meeting rooms, catering kitchen, gym & sauna, lap & splash pool, children’s play equipment, walking tracks, and a boat store.

Such a varied repertoire has been possible due to Morris Bray’s strong focus on teamwork and skill-building. Reads the company’s website: “The fusion of skills and commitment of the people involved in a project is an important factor… we have significant experience of working on projects with external partners, and it stands true that where there is open communication, mutual understanding and a strong unity of purpose within a project team it is reflected in the success of the project.” Certainly that seems to be the case with this dynamic firm.

Making Sense of Management

Management is the art, or science, of getting things done through people. Sounds fairly straightforward – except for the fact that people are not robots waiting to do our bidding. People have their own minds, motivations, and goals. So how do managers keep operations – and the people behind them – running as planned?

November 21, 2018, 3:43 AM AEDT