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Company:LT McGuinness Wellington
Project:Charles Fergusson Tower, Wellington
The Charles Fergusson Tower threw-up some significant challenges to this young Project Manager/Site Manager pairing, whose central philosophy was that they were the custodians of the client’s interests. They practiced this throughout the project; when unforeseen challenges arose, they looked at ways they could mitigate cost and programme blow-outs.
An unforeseen asbestos issue alone had the ability to derail the programme. To mitigate, LT McGuinness appointed, and then coordinated, three asbestos removal companies to undertake the work concurrently. Likewise, the surprise development that the floor configurations would need to be reconfigured to allow for a tenant change came at a time when the services had already been run for five of the 17 floors. The proposed solution of folding-in the separate fit-out contract into the base-build contract ensured that no time was lost.
Outside of the project challenges, it was Ben and Nick’s attention to detail and their communication processes that also impressed. The site was adjacent to a residential zone including a multi-unit residential block and a creche. Neighborhood engagement and the circulation of written newsletters to the 300 individual stakeholders were implemented, something Ben and Nick went above and beyond on. This included update visits to the creche. In return the creche produced murals for the site’s pedestrian gantries and baking for the construction team.
The client was won-over by Ben and Nick’s commitment and approach. “Projects of this scale, with these challenges, do not often come in on programme, or with relationships intact. That is not the case for Charles Fergusson Tower … This project has been a success because they care, are inclusive in what they do, open about the challenges, and lead from the front.” From the judges’ perspective, “Ben and Nick are young guns who smashed this project out of the park.”