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Company:NZ Strong Group
Project:Metlifecare Pinesong Village Manukau Building, Auckland
This was Thomas’ first Project Manager role and included him being involved in the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) team during the pre-construction phase. An outcome of the ECI was that the project changed from redeveloping an existing building to a new build. The location was a steeply sloping site with restricted access. It was a construction site in the middle of an operational retirement village, whose combined resident and staff head-count numbered 500.
Outside of dealing with tough site conditions, it was Thomas’s personal skills that shone. An example of this was a sub-contractor who Thomas had to get contractual with, who clearly held no grudges, as they provided an excellent verbal reference for Thomas.
When another sub-contractor went into liquidation early in the programme, Thomas signed 25 of their employees up as direct hires to NZ Strong for the remainder of the project. Though the tight labour market meant that this approach was critical to ensure that the project stayed on programme, the consequence was that additional financial pressure and reporting requirements were placed on Thomas and his team. The judges saw Thomas as having done a really good job, he kept his team close, and site stakeholders onside.