University of Auckland Student Accommodation

Client: University of Auckland
Timeframe: 2020
Total value: Confidential

Project description:

As part of the ongoing commitment to growing its offering of student accommodation in close proximity to its main city campus, the UoA is developing a site on the edge of Grafton Gully to provide a purpose built accommodation facility to house 786 students.  The building will be constructed in two towers of 14 and 12 levels of accommodation on top on a 2 level podium and split basement.

Our role

Xigo have been providing project management services on the Project from the Concept design phase.  This has included the management of the design process and designers as well as establishing a procurement strategy for the project going forward.  The nature and size of the project as well as the current construction marketplace challenges has meant the development of a robust construction procurement model is critical to the timely delivery of this project.

Main challenges

The existing site is extremely challenging with topography, existing significant utility services and easements as well as constrained road access to the site.

The current Auckland Construction market is at capacity necessitating the need for an innovative and robust procurement methodology to attract appropriate contractors to the project.

Xigo produced a number of procurement options which were assessed with the client against the specific project drivers, objectives and risks with the final procurement solution being the best with which to ensure a commercial engagement is achieved as soon as possible thereby giving the Contractor the best opportunity to engage and provide commitment to the subcontractor market.

A strategy was established involving ECI with a Design/ Build Contract on completion of Developed Design. The contractor will deliver a pre-determined scope of pre-construction services to assist the project team and procure potential savings through alternative design and construction solutions.