Get to Know our People and Their Stories – Scott Bracey

At Xigo, we celebrate our successes, especially when it comes to our people. Our people are essential to who we are and why we do what we do. Scott Bracey is one of our talented Project Managers, and his path to project management has been quite an interesting and super one!

Scott graduated from UNITEC with a Bachelor of Applied Technology, majoring in Marine Engineering. From there, Scott began his career in Marine Design with Auckland-based Manson Anchors, Bowmaster and Manson Marine. Some of the boats he has worked on are certainly impressive, from speed boats to superyachts. Scott spent three years leading design teams working on significant marine projects before transitioning into a project management role for the above companies.
Scott’s calm and collected with a great sense of humour. His capable demeanour puts clients and suppliers at ease. He’s a bit of a star on our 7-a-side footy team. We interviewed Scott to find a bit more about his work and what drives him. (more…)

TSA Continues its Expansion across the East Coast

SYDNEY, 5 December 2018 – TSA Management’s (TSA) growth trajectory continues with further expansion, this time in Australia. In its second acquisition for the year, TSA will see Canberra based project management organisation Xact, join the business this month.

Xact is a successful independently owned project management business, delivering ’client-side’ project and program management services, through every aspect of planning and delivery of capital works projects. (more…)

Meet the 2018 Keystone Xigo Scholarship Winner

The annual Keystone Awards evening was held on 25 October 2018 at Generator @ GridAKL. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the achievements of all the winning students with Katrina Jordan being named the proud recipient of the 2018 Keystone Xigo Scholarship.

Katrina is in her first year of a Bachelor of Urban Planning (Hons) degree at the University of Auckland. Her chosen degree reflects her passion for the relationship between people and their environment and her desire to address current local and global cultural and environmental issues. (more…)

Join With Us As We Enter a New Phase

We are excited to announce Xigo and TSA have teamed up! Two of Australasia’s most forward thinking and ambitious project management firms have joined forces to create a business with significant international reach and exceptional capability.

TSA Management is a specialist, independently owned project management company, with 200 project managers across the East Coast of Australia. Like Xigo, they specialise in providing independent project-based services to private sector and government clients undertaking capital works projects across a range of sectors including infrastructure, education, healthcare and aged care. (more…)

Xigo Campaign Goes Live

If you have seen some of our little adverts popping up around the place, and have clicked through to our website then welcome to Xigo!

We just wanted to let you know who we are, and what we do as a company. We’re a switched on collection of project management professionals who guide clients through the required processes for the delivery of construction, building and infrastructure projects. From the start to the finish. So have a look around and if you think we are ‘Best for your Project’ then give us a call. We’ll be delighted to talk!

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.


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.


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.