When it comes to manifesting an architect’s design, putting new ideas forward might not come naturally to a lot of builders, but Andrew Payton is a doer. Having completed his apprenticeship in New Zealand where he worked predominantly on large, architecturally-designed homes – not unlike those he constructs now – he founded Sydney-based AJP Constructions in 2011.
Described by those closest to him as ‘passionate and driven’, his aim is to push sustainability, efficiency and technology adaption in that market.
‘I do believe a lot buildings have been built in a similar way for the past 30 years…there’s a lot of room for improvement and increased efficiencies to deliver a better quality product in a tighter time frame, which is what homeowners want,’ he says.
‘We are starting to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies which incorporates really well with CLT by using 3D modelling at an early stage to identify road blocks and problems in the project and also eliminate a lot of waste and time onsite.
‘When you’re planning in a computer environment it might take an hour to fix an issue while you could spend half a day trying to fix that same issue onsite because you’re reacting to the problem rather than looking at it proactively.’
It’s clear Andrew operates in a technical and methodical fashion on all of his projects and for these clients, his methods were exactly what the project called for. The impressive result of this renovation and addition might not have been possible had it not been for his thorough calculations, forward-thinking and willingness to plan extensively before hitting the tools.