BY MARK HELAS PROJECT MANAGER
In this modern, high tech, fast moving world a project manager requires a diverse range of skills and talents, most notably strengths in communication are key to ensuring project deliverables are understood and achieved.
The Prendos project management team are working hard with our clients to achieve all that we have set out to do together. A common theme with many of our projects is that our work has a direct impact and influence on the well being of the people directly benefiting from changes implemented through our projects. Our expanding portfolio includes clients from private residential, body corporate, commercial and government sectors.
SUPPORTING IWI OBJECTIVES
Arguably one of our most exciting projects is with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. The people of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are a hapu (sub-tribe), of the Ngāti Whātua Iwi (tribe) based in New Zealand’s largest city, Tāmaki Makaurau, commonly known as Auckland. Today the tribe number over 5,000 persons who are scattered throughout the world, however they are centred around the Ōrākei Marae, a mere 10 minutes from the central business district (CBD) of Auckland.
The Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust (Trust) currently owns 167 hectares of land within 8.5 kilometres of the Auckland CBD, much of which is prime real estate. The property investment and development company Whai Rawa holds the assets on behalf of the Trust. It is Whai Rawa’s vision to work with partners in Auckland, so the people of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei can prosper.
HOUSING UPGRADE PROJECT
Our mandate from the Iwi for the housing project at Orakei clearly identified a desire to improve the standard of living for their people by upgrading their properties, addressing health and safety standards, and to remedy any structural issues to meet current building standards. Prendos have become a vital partner in ensuring the on-going well-being of the residents.
In early 2014 Whai Rawa contracted us to undertake surveys on a large number of properties on the Orakei Peninsula to determine the extent of works that would be required to upgrade buildings, including properties that were imminently returning to the Iwi’s care from a long-term lease to Housing New Zealand. To ensure that there would be a manageable process to cater for future property refurbishment projects Whai Rawa and Prendos agreed that a pilot project, enabling all parties to understand and manage the complex nature of the work streams and typical liaison required between the Iwi, residents, Prendos and contractors, would be the best way forward.
“Prendos have played a major part integrating the housing project with the people of Ngati Whatua Orakei, tribe members have been employed and have volunteered to partake in the projects in many capacities and this has created an environment of team work across all categories of project management.” Arepa Morehu, Property Manager, Whai Rawa.
Part of our project brief is to provide the Whai Rawa financial team with accurate reporting for the Board of Trustees. This has been achieved through customised formatting of report information as required, a bespoke service involving both our project managers and quantity surveyors.
We have managed the upgrade of 32 houses to date and our current brief involves individual project planning for a second batch of 44 houses. The project includes relocation of houses, site development and health and safety audits. This will involve on-going building surveys and design engineering utilising our in-house structural engineering capabilities. All facets of the project are proudly managed by the Prendos project management team and we are driven by the Iwi’s requirements.
HEALTH CARE IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is facing a set of unprecedented demographic shifts that will radically alter the demands of public policy over the next few terms of Parliament. The most salient and far-reaching of these is population ageing. In the near future New Zealand will have many more elderly people than we have younger and working-age people to support them. This change is happening now and can’t be averted. At issue is how the country will afford to support and provide services to the elderly given that the ratio of young people to older people may halve in the next 50 years.
RETIREMENT VILLAGE HOSPITAL WING EXTENSION
Rosedale Village is committed to providing all residents including those receiving medium and high levels of care, with quality accommodation, choices of care and support that invigorates and enhances their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. This ethos encourages the principle of ‘aging in place’.
In 2014-15 Prendos designed and project managed a large building addition to the care hospital in Albany, Auckland. The project involved the management of a large number of complex issues, the most challenging was that the existing wing of the hospital was occupied by residents and staff throughout the new wing construction program.
“Rosedale Village reputation is set on our ability to provide excellent, professional and responsible care to our residents, recognising that they have the right to privacy, dignity and trust and throughout the process of construction, with Prendos at the helm of the new project we were able to honor our commitment to our people. Our service is valued and our success was dependent on Prendos delivering a professional service.” David Eadie, Owner, Rosedale Village.
THE GOVERNMENT EDUCATION SECTOR
This April government announced a budgeted $244 million additional funding for schools, to be spread over 4 years and paid from the remaining proceeds of partial asset sales. Prime Minister John Key announced “as part of our package, we will also expand facilities and classrooms at four existing schools”. On top of that the government would fund an extra 241 classrooms at other schools around the country, with almost half of these being in Auckland. Many rural schools in the greater Auckland area and local communities are undergoing major changes to cater for future growth in their districts. Prendos are contracted to manage a range of enabling and construction projects in the region.
THE AUCKLAND BUILDING BOOM
The building and construction sector in Auckland is going through boom times and following the crippling global financial crisis businesses in this sector need to take solid measures and change gear in time to grasp the opportunities a new business cycle will offer. To ensure prosperity in the future and to consolidate their positions in the market place retail and distribution businesses are making crucial additions to warehouse, yard and office spaces to cater for increased client demands, increased stock supply and the fast turn-around times required from order to delivery.
RETAIL DISTRIBUTION REFURBISHMENT
PlaceMakers (Fletcher Distribution Ltd) engaged Prendos project management services for various works at two of their Auckland distribution outlets, the Cook Street and Waiheke Island branches, and also to manage a refurbishment project at the Placemakers head office in Mt Wellington. The refurbishment works at the branch locations have created an improved and safer working environment for staff and has enabled their clients to be served in a superior fashion.
“Prendos project managed our Cook Street branch refurbishment, which was a challenging refurbishment due to the age and layout of the adjoining buildings. They were able to control all the variations of the project, liaising with the contractor and Auckland Council due to conflicting floor plans and drainage issues. Prendos management throughout this difficult process produced the desired solutions and both branch staff and customers are very happy with the final results.” Lou Hill, Property and Projects Co-ordinator, PlaceMakers
An underlying aspect of all of our projects is that each sector is experiencing growth in the current economic climate, particularly as Auckland expands demographically. As project managers within a company that delivers services across the board to the construction industry we have carefully planed the growth of our own business unit. We are looking forward to helping more clients reach their project goals in future and in so doing make our roles as project managers rewarding too.