This article was republished with permission from Business North/Waterford Press.
Providing land developers with a comprehensive risk assessment at the very outset of a development project is crucial to project success says McKenzie & Co’s Taupo and Rotorua Manager Jerome Feuillade.
“There are always risks in any project, and some have more than others. McKenzie & Co. recognise that developers have a lot of money invested in their projects and as such they provide a robust risk approach from the very start of a project. If we believe a project faces significant uncertainties, we will clearly indicate that straight away, keeping our client in control of their project and assisting them to make informed decisions – and that has been key to our success.”
McKenzie & Co. provides land developers with expert land development design, delivery and advisory solutions for a diverse range of projects including residential, commercial, industrial, recreational and tourism.
With offices in Auckland’s CBD and Manukau, along with Warkworth, Taupo, Rotorua and Tauranga, McKenzie & Co’s team of eighty professional staff provide their services throughout the North Island, and have also been engaged to undertake projects in Queenstown.
“Our involvement in a land development project commences with advisory services, taking into account all the different aspects of a project including the legal requirements, what Councils require, what the client wants, and what development restrictions there are on the land,” explains Jerome. “We put all that into the mix and provide the appropriate advice, which provides an important foundation for the project. It’s also where we undertake the initial risk assessment so that the developer understands the impact on time, cost and the projects ultimate success. We then provide surveying information on the land, design the civil engineering for the project including earthworks, roading, services.”
McKenzie & Co’s preparation of resource consent applications takes a consultative approach increasing the opportunity to add value and reduce risk. This phase includes consulting with a range of key stakeholders including local Iwi.
“Once resource consent is granted the project moves to implementation of the consent, which is the actual civil construction which we then observe and monitor. When civil construction has been completed we take it through to compliance including documentation and the legal survey to enable titles, if it’s a residential subdivision.”
While McKenzie & Co. is not always engaged to undertake every aspect of the development, for the Wharekura Estate project they were involved from inception right through to the issuance of titles.
Jerome says that along with ensuring that the technical aspect of the work is of a very high standard, the McKenzie & Co. team also focus on building close client relationships with a personal approach.
“That approach has ensured the company’s successful growth over the eight years it has been in operation.”