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Company:NZ Strong Group
Project:Manukau Bus Station, Auckland
The Manukau Bus Station could be described as a big civil project with a building on top, with that building incorporating a highly technical roof. The site is bound by three busy roads that created daily Health and Safety issues that needed to be solved.
The judges described Jimmy as a thoroughly modern manager who is very proactive in solving problems. Jimmy’s experience allowed him to identify structural and cladding detailing issues that he then bought to the design team’s attention early. One example of this saw Jimmy individually photograph each unresolved junction on the cladding. With the design issues resolved in facilitated workshops, Jimmy initiated a construction sequence that allowed the programme to be protected.
Such collaboration with the design team and sub-contractors was made easier by having a site shed brought in specifically to allow the design team to be based on site. The client representative was likewise based full time on site allowing Jimmy to communicate any required changes quickly and effectively. This helped to eliminate delays and ensured that the client was always kept informed. Jimmy’s approach was to be proactive in managing design and construction issues. In his words, “to nail stuff early.”
Jimmy created a ‘no surprises’ working environment and managed his team’s workload to ensure that work, lifestyle and sports were well balanced. His philosophy is that “he encouraged his team to be under pressure but not under stress”. In Jimmy’s view, “human relationships are the key to success in this confrontational, fragmented sector”.
This was a building that was simple in concept though complex in its detail. A designer on the project described Jimmy as being “committed to working together (with the design team) honestly and respectively, his enthusiasm for life and passion for delivering buildings shines through and engenders enthusiasm and commitment in the team he leads.”