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Breakfast seminar: design management

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We are delighted to announce our ‘Design management: Breaking down the silos’ breakfast seminar will now be held on Wednesday 6 August from 8.30am at Chateau on the Park, 189 Deans Avenue.

The seminar will include a forum to present and discuss how the emerging role of the independent design manager is challenging traditional perspectives. There will be discussion around value management, BIM and LEAN design principles – all of which we consider to fall under the global heading of efficient design management. This approach, successfully used internationally, can provide significant cost savings to construction projects, and results in greater coordination when it really matters.

Certificates of attendance are available for those that require it for professional development purposes – further details available on the day.

Please join us for breakfast to learn more about Coffey’s opinions and innovative approach to this thought-provoking topic.

Space is limited – please rsvp to secure your place (see RSVP details on the pdf invite).

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July 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm

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Design management: breaking down the silos

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Note: this seminar has been postponed. Please check back soon for further details. 

A fundamental change has taken place in the way projects are being delivered. A greater emphasis is being placed on a fully integrated design management role that bridges the gap found in traditional project teams between clients, designers and contractors. An independent design management approach that focuses on value management (VM), building information management (BIM), and LEAN construction principles is challenging traditional perspectives on how to get the best project outcomes from the project team.

By breaking down the discipline silos, improving communication and quality, and embracing tried and tested technologies it is possible to reduce project costs by as much as 19% and reduce the project duration by up to 37%. In the current environment where price is the undercurrent of the Canterbury rebuild, this approach can pay dividends to all parties involved.

Want to learn more? Join us at a breakfast presentation in Christchurch on Wednesday 2 July.


Rudy van Heerden
Coffey Design Management Specialist
An expert in the practical application of BIM technology for over fifteen years, Rudy’s portfolio includes challenging design projects in New Zealand and around the world, including commercial office parks, covered equestrian and sports centres, multi–level car parks, and bulk earthworks projects. He has adopted Value Management, LEAN construction, and BIM principles as an integral part of successful design management delivery.

Victoria Whitta
Managing Director, Red Quantity Surveying Ltd
Victoria is managing director and principal shareholder of Red Quantity Surveying Ltd. She has considerable experience in residential and commerical quantity surveying, and in project management. Victoria has experience on both the client consultancy side, and in the contracting environment.



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June 18, 2014 at 4:02 am

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BIM: Building Information Modelling – The Facts and the Fiction

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Thursday 12th December, 8.30am, Westpac Business Hub

The hot topic of the moment around town is BIM. But while everyone is talking about it, do we really know what ‘BIM’ means and how it should be implemented to best effect in our projects? Well, the simple answer is yes—we do.

Coffey would like to invite you to our last breakfast presentation for the year BIM: Building Information Modelling – The Facts and the Fiction.

In this breakfast discussion we will discuss the huge potential of BIM to genuinely provide win-win-win results for clients, design consultants, and contractors alike. We’ll also talk about the potential pitfalls and fish-hooks to be aware of.

Implemented correctly and through the right medium, BIM has been shown to save up to 14% of total project costs. Come and join us to see how to get your share!

Paul Haggath
Business Manager Project Management, South Island 

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Learn all about BIM at this Coffey breakfast seminar on 12 December.

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November 27, 2013 at 3:08 am

Guest post: Coffey Projects manage Collingwood Football Club redevelopment in Australia

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Project Director Rob McFee of Coffey’s Melbourne office shares his insights on the recent Westpac Centre refurbishment project for the Australian Football League’s (AFL) Collingwood Football Club. Rob, along with Project Manager Corey Mackay, led the $AU9.5 million internal redevelopment project of the original Westpac Centre.

The successful delivery of this project hinged on us as the project managers being able to effectively balance the client’s expectations against the programme and budget, and at the same time meet the needs of the many stakeholder groups. Of course, identifying and effectively mitigating risk is also an essential requirement of any project, and sports venues present their own unique challenges and considerations such as working around football seasons and training times. We addressed and worked through each of the key risks with the client, and this process helped to further strengthen our relationship and ensure high levels of trust between both parties. The final result is an outstanding new facility that includes state of the art player training and recovery facilities with a sports science department, increased training floor space, altitude training room and hot and cold hydrotherapy pools. The lessons learnt from this extensive sport and leisure venue project will also be highly applicable and transferable to similar projects being managed by Coffey Projects teams across Australia and New Zealand.

The Westpac Centre structure was originally built to house the swimming and diving pools for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and since the 1980s it has been through a number of internal redevelopments. In 2004 the Collingwood Football Club moved in and shared the space with the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS).

The recent departure of the Victorian Institute of Sport from the Westpac Centre meant that the Collingwood Football Club were able to redevelop the remaining internal space. Coffey Projects have also been engaged on the next $23m stage of the redevelopment, which includes a new function area, café, meeting rooms, gymnasium and change rooms that will be shared with community groups.

Rob McFee, Project Director, Coffey Melbourne

Read our previous posts on stadium design here and here.


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September 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm

All about stadium design

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Thanks to all who attended our recent breakfast seminar on the subject of stadium design economics.

As promised, here are the slides and notes from the presentation.

Three separate pdf files are available:

  1. Paul Haggath’s overview of stadium design, with discussion around key drivers, economics and design considerations: Coffey_Stadium Design_with notes
  2. Paul Haggath and Colin Stuckey present a series of stadium design case studies: Stadium Design_case studies
  3. A look at stadium disasters from around the world: Stadium disasters_when things go wrong
KC Stadium, Hull

KC Stadium, Hull

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August 28, 2013 at 3:56 am

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Our thoughts are with Seddon

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As a spate of quakes continues to rumble at the North of the South Island, our thoughts are with the people of Seddon. The disruption and heartache caused during these times is all too familiar for many of us. Keep strong and stick together….

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Stadium design economics: an art or a science?

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Breakfast with Coffey

Tuesday 13th August, 8.30–11.30am
Westpac Hub, Jack Hinton Dr, Christchurch

Join us for an exciting and insightful presentation and discussion that looks at stadium design around the world.

8.30 – 10.30 am
We will discuss international stadium case studies that demonstrate:

  • What makes a great stadium design?
  • Successful outcomes
  • Emotion, business and safety
  • Mitigating the ‘white elephant’syndrome
  • Economic sustainability

10.30 – 11.30 am
Stadium disasters — when things go wrong…

Spaces are strictly limited, so be in quick!
RSVP to Tess Martin
Phone: 03 336 5402

Presented by:

Paul Haggath
Business Manager, Coffey Christchurch
Paul is a specialist in delivering sport stadium and leisure facilities, from feasibility and business case to procurement and delivery. His projects include the KC Stadium and Ricoh Arena in the UK.

Colin Stuckey
Project Director, Coffey Melbourne
Colin project managed the design and construction of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the state of the art Telstra Dome (now Etihad Stadium).


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July 23, 2013 at 4:27 am

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