Xigo Appoint New Directors

Xigo are delighted and excited to announce the appointment of Andrew McDonald and John Pengelly as two new Directors to the Business. These appointments not only recognise the considerable contributions Andrew and John have made to Xigo’s business, but also signal exciting times in Xigo’s growth and succession planning.

We take this opportunity to congratulate Andrew and John and welcome them to the board.

Andrew joined the Xigo team in January 2013. He has a strong background in project management procedures and processes and is experienced across a range of industries including design, construction and IT. He has also delivered projects using best practice methodologies for a range of multinational and local clients as well as a strong theoretical grounding from his PMP qualification. He has the ability to build and develop relationships with all involved parties and possesses excellent communication skills. Notable major projects during his time at Xigo include Northwest Shopping Centre, Pullman Auckland Airport Hotel, Datacom new head office and the Auckland City Mission – HomeGround project.

John’s Xigo career started a month after Andrew in February 2013, initially as Christchurch and Wellington Manager focusing on Christchurch post the earthquakes. A construction professional with over 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  John has hands on experience in the delivery of large scale design build projects.  He is strong in the project definition and strategic phases linking Client’s business metrics to project outcomes.  John recognises the big picture on complex projects, engages with all stake holders to map out drivers, dependencies and risks to provide value-based solutions that are “best for project”.  Some of John’s notable projects include Xero’s head office, the redevelopment of the entry and ground floor of the Beehive, and currently the New Zealand Defence Force HQ and the redevelopment of Wakefield Hospital Campus.

We look forward to Andrew and John bringing another dimension to the Xigo board and adding to our strength and depth.



From ‘Strength to Strength’

At Xigo we know that good project management is not all about speed, but that’s exactly what it was about on the  24th March when 25 Xigo employees and partners took part in the Dual multisport event on Motutapu Island. Xigo participants were represented in almost every event on offer, including running the half marathon, the 42K mountain bike race, and the hardy that did the triathlon. The profits from the Dual go towards protecting Motutapu and keeping it predator free, so it’s all in a good cause too.

It’s been a very busy last six months at Xigo (what’s new there?), and with demand for our services ever increasing we have been on something of a recruitment drive. This has worked out incredibly well and we have some fantastic new hires. New additions to the Auckland office so far this year are Dean, Grant, Hamish, Rachel and Theo. Our Wellington business continues to go from ‘strength to strength’ and we have just signed the lease to increase our floor area into the East wing of level 7 Customhouse Quay, to facilitate more meeting space, break out areas and room for our local team, which is now 15 people strong. This includes new hires Gareth, Zolna and Jarryd.

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Quality Aged Care Facilities Require Quality Project Managers

As the demand for quality aged-care facilities increases, so does demand for project managers with a proven track record in this sector. In tune with this, the portfolio of care home projects for Xigo’s Wellington office continues to grow, with two new developments currently in the pipeline. Xigo are providing full project management services to client Presbyterian Support Central (PSC), including consultant engagement, design management, procurement and eventually construction contract management. Both developments are based in Wellington.

“Xigo have been working with the PSC over the past twelve months, providing project advisory services and project management on some of their exciting new developments and we have a very good working relationship with them. We also respect what they are doing, providing elderly people with high quality accommodation and facilities appropriate to their needs. Our expertise in this area is growing apace, but we always enjoy the challenges that come with new projects,” says Xigo Director Andy Mallard.

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To Modular Or Not To Modular, That Is The Question?

As far back as 2000 years ago, Sinhalese Kings of ancient Sri Lanka were able to erect giant structures using prefabricated buildings technology, with some sections prepared separately and then fitted together.  Perhaps Shakespeare pondered the question, to modular or not to modular, when he built The Globe in 1559?  The entire Portugese town of Vila Real de Santo in the Algarve, was quickly erected in the late 18th century, using prefabricated materials.  During the 19th century, Australia imported a large number of prefabricated houses from the United Kingdom and by the 20th century prefab housing became a quick and easy solution in Britain to providing temporary housing after the wide-scale destruction of cities during World War II bombing raids.

With “prefab” being an umbrella term that encompasses off site building, “modular” is a more modern term that implies a more concise method of construction, which can encompass the whole build or just a small component of it.  For example, in the residential sector we may think of a fully constructed home, manufactured off-site and transported in whole or part and then finally integrated together with the site using traditional methods. Commercially, an example could be a fully finished hotel room that is transported to site and ‘stacked’ both vertically and horizontally to a medium or high-rise grade, with the balance of traditional works being completed around it.

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Xigo Project Managers in Major Hospital Redevelopment

Xigo have recently been appointed Project Managers of the $100 million redevelopment of Wakefield hospital in Wellington by Acurity Health Group Ltd. On completion, Wakefield Hospital will be a state of the art facility, showcasing some of the very latest technologies and services available nationwide and with a special emphasis on patient comfort. Xigo’s Project Manager for the Wakefield redevelopment, John Pengelly, says that Xigo are excited to be part of such an important, and challenging project.

“We are really proud to be part of the Wakefield Hospital family and looking forward to working closely with Acurity and leading the project team. Construction has to be very carefully planned as the hospital needs to maintain business continuity throughout the process. Currently, the plan is for construction to take place in three phases to ensure the hospital can function effectively whilst redevelopment is taking place,” says John.

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Auckland Airport Thinks Outside the Box in Huge Warehouse Project

Earthworks are under currently underway in phase 1 of the construction of New Zealand’s biggest design and build industrial facility, but this 65,000m2 warehouse and associated commercial office building will be much more than a giant box. The facility, which will be located at The Landing Business Park at Auckland Airport, is being designed to create something truly unique, reinforcing the established design ethos that underpins the Landing Business Park as New Zealand’s leading mixed use business park. As well as the warehouse, the development includes significant land development works, an 9000m2 office building and a 1000 capacity carpark complex. The office building is being designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star design and built rating for both base build and fitout.

Xigo are delivering project management services for client Auckland Airport for the development, from establishment phases, through the design and construction stages, right up until handover to operations for Foodstuffs, who will be the tenant. It is due to be complete in early 2021.

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Auranga Hitting the Headlines

Xigo are currently engaged as Project Managers for the Auranga Land Development Project.  The development consists of a new residential neighbourhood in Drury, South Auckland on what was rural land. This project is a Special Housing Area under the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act.  Auranga A will consist of 1,350 dwellings of various typologies offering a choice of standalone homes, duplexes, terraces and apartments. 

Follow this link to read the recent Herald article outlining the project in more detail, including plans for a further 1,700 plus homes.

Pictured right is the Karaka and Drury Consultant Auranga Team, together with Watercare and Xigo team members at an onsite Watercare signing (Dec 2018). 





Xigo Behind the Scenes

A few months ago, Xigo commissioned a group of MBA students at Auckland University to do some research with a segment of their current and potential business base. As part of this research, the business students asked some clients of Xigo how they rated the company. Any opportunity to get feedback is useful in business and Xigo’s project managers are seeking it almost daily in an informal way and more formally at the end of projects, but this study was different. It was conducted by people outside of Xigo and used a standardised questionnaire, so responses could be aggregated.

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Worried About Combustible Cladding? Read On…

http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/building-construction/consultations/fire-review

 

In the wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, and with the news that more than 180 high-rise buildings have now failed British safety tests carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire, it is natural for the New Zealand construction sector, property owners, property managers and the public at large to be concerned about the buildings they own, rent, manage or occupy. Xigo contacted the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to get advice for concerned parties about fire safety and possible combustible cladding on buildings in New Zealand. (more…)