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.


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.


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…


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.