Our Passion

Retirement Living and Aged Care Architecture

Our Passion

At Merrin & Cranston we are passionate about what we do. Our mission is to deliver socially responsible architecture and interior design that translates our Client’s aspirations into reality. We do this with an emphasis on valuing people, that is, all stakeholders throughout the process.

Our Process

We are in many respects an agile, boutique architectural practice, providing a range of professional consulting services from inception to completion.

We have delivered many successful projects, across many and varied project delivery frameworks. We welcome the opportunity to understand how we might be able to assist you to achieve successful project outcomes.

Our Philosophy

We value people, both yours and ours and strive for excellence in all we do. We want to create spaces that positively influence the individuals who interact with them. We see this opportunity as a great privilege and a huge responsibility.

Our Practice

…is a collection of unique individuals, all journeying together. At its core is an experienced leadership team comprising Managing Director George, Office Manager Louise and Associates Steve, Martin and Dylan. This leadership team has delivered many exciting and varied Residential Living and Integrated Supported Living Environments over many years. This core team has some 68 years of combined experience at Merrin and Cranston alone, specifically in delivering Aged Care and Retirement Living projects - consequently we are regarded as specialists in this sector.

Delivering projects across Queensland and New South Wales


While based in Brisbane, the Practice has delivered projects across Queensland and New South Wales including remote and rural areas.

People Centred Architecture

Our Proficiency

Proficiency comes with long-term exposure to the tasks at hand. At Merrin and Cranston, we have been involved in all aspects of the delivery of many and varied living environments for older Australians since our formation in 1970.

From inception to the successful completion of these living environments we can offer a complete range of professional Architectural and Interior Design Services, including:

  • Master planning and development potential assessments;
  • Schematic design and development applications;
  • Benchmarking against current and historical aged care and retirement village project data;
  • Developed Design and Construction documentation;
  • Building contractor procurement, including ECI, D&C, GMP and traditional delivery methods;
  • Construction administration services;
  • Interior design including FF+E selections and procurement;
  • Marketing materials, 3D images and model fly throughs;
  • Principal consultancy, direct appointment of other consultants;
  • Facilitation of project risk management and safety in design;
  • Asset portfolio review and facility opportunity assessments; and
  • Design guidelines and ACAR applications.

Types of Projects included:

  • Aged care;
  • Retirement villages;
  • Serviced apartments, adaptable housing and supporting living;
  • Childcare, churches and community buildings;
  • Allied Health, salons, café’s and wellness centres;
  • Units and apartments;
  • Greenfield and Brownfield sites;
  • Complex staged refurbishments within operational buildings;
  • Office fitouts, interior design;
  • School buildings, halls and auditoriums;
  • Modular and transportable buildings, land lease projects; and
  • Sales offices.

Enhanced Living Environments

With our desire to provide enhanced living environments, we see it important that both architecture and interior design is integrated collaboratively into our processes. We therefore continue to retain in house interior design services.

Delivering Quality Projects

A fundamental focus of ours is quality projects which stand the test of time; we are actually interested in how each building functions after 10, 15, 20 years.  Life-cycle costs, maintenance, longevity, functionality and staffing efficiency are crucial to each project we design and deliver, and for us, the key factor for assessing project success.

Our Architecture - Inspired By You!

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