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…

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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…)



New Zealand’s Most Future Focused Building

A new development at Smales Farm on Auckland’s North Shore is being hailed as New Zealand’s most future-focused building by the developers, and not without just cause. Innovative use of space and the creation of positive work environments have been front and centre of all design decisions. When completed, the B:HIVE (short for Business Hive) will provide 11,000m2 of creative and highly-flexible work space, across five floors. Xigo has been providing full project management services to Smales Farm, a family owned development, since the B:HIVE project was first conceived. It is due to be completed later this year. (more…)



Asbestos Abatement – Do It Once and Do It Right

Asbestos has been in use for thousands and possibly even hundreds of thousands of years. Many archaeologists believe that Stone Age people used asbestos in candle wicks 750,000 years ago. We know for a fact that it was used by many ancient civilisations, such as the Ancient Egyptians who used it as an embalming substance for the Pharaohs and in cooking. In New Zealand, it was used extensively in many building and insulation products and materials until around the mid 1980s and it was still being used, albeit less widely, for many years after that. Nowadays, the word asbestos is mostly associated with health risks and, subsequently, abatement strategies. Xigo has successfully project managed a number of these asbestos removal and containment projects.  (more…)



Datacom Head Office Achieves Practical Completion

Project Tahi team (and Xigo) at the blessing of the new Datacom office on Friday 12th May 2017.

Practical completion has been achieved on the Datacom fit out in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. This will be home to Datacom’s 1200 Auckland staff where they will be occupying 12,000m2 across 5 floors of quality office space.

Xigo is thrilled to have been involved in this project as Datacom’s project manager and advisor for the past 3 years! For further details please refer to the project page.

 



Xigo Welcomes David Lee

david_leeXigo recently appointed David Lee as New Zealand General Manager. David is ideally positioned for this newly created role, having held many senior leadership roles in the past, including Company Director and New Zealand Geotechnical Manager for Beca. Xigo Director and Chairman Andy Mallard says that the combination of David’s past experience, personal qualities and deep industry knowledge will be an invaluable asset to Xigo and help steer the company through the next phase of planned growth, efficiently and successfully. (more…)



Minister and Mayor Launch New Housing Development

AurangaBuilding and Housing Minister, Dr Nick Smith and Auckland Mayor, Phil Goff, officially launched the start of earthworks at an exciting, new housing development in Drury. It started with a dawn blessing of the ground by South Auckland iwi Ngati Tamaoho and ended with Minister Nick Smith turning the sod. Xigo are Project Managers to this development for the client, Auranga, which will see the construction of over 1350 new houses under the Government’s Housing Accord legislation. The project also includes 15 percent affordable homes, 50 percent more than required by Auckland Council. Xigo’s role includes full project management services and providing guidance on overall project strategy as well as negotiating commercial agreements with outside parties. (more…)



Better Access and Security at the Beehive

BeehiveThe Beehive is the most publicly recognised building of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and this makes it a very popular tourist destination. Xigo are currently project managing a redevelopment of the Beehive’s visitor entrance areas. Visitor access and security have become increasingly important as visitor numbers continue to grow. Last year, from June 2015 to June 2016, the number of people passing through the Beehive’s front entry exceeded 200,000. A key challenge of the project is balancing security requirements with an open and welcoming environment for visitors, whilst efficiently managing high volumes of people. (more…)



Award-Winning GPS Company Finds Right Location

smartrakInnovative GPS company Smartrak needed to relocate to bigger premises. The company had grown from small beginnings in 2006, when it consisted of founder Alan Herbert and a small group of bright, University of Waikato graduates, to a Deloitte Fast 50 winner. The company’s success has been based on its ability to continually innovate and they wanted a fit-out design that reflected this creative company culture. Xigo’s Tauranga office was engaged to project manage this fit-out from the beginning to the end – from design, planning and consent stages through to construction and hand-over. (more…)



Xigo – Best for Health

Waikato HospitalAn increasing emphasis on quality of life plus an aging population have led to increasing demands for health care services and retirement facilities. Xigo has been helping District Health Boards and other providers meet this demand with a rapid growth in its portfolio of health related projects. Recently completed is the Hugh Green retirement village, a purpose built health care facility for BUPA Care Services with a project value of $50m. Xigo managed the project from conception – through all design, resource and multiple building consent stages – to construction. Three Xigo health projects currently underway include putting together a business case for Waitamata DHB’s mental health division, new renal facilities for Auckland DHB and a three-floor refurbishment for Starship Hospital.
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