The Big Picture – December 2012

The Big Picture – December 2012


We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year. We thank you for your continued custom and support during 2012 and look forward to having an even better 2013.

Welcome to our first digital quarterly newsletter. Each month we will share our Impact Perspective with you, what projects we are working on as well as the key valuable insights we can offer. Our new Impact Leadership section aims to provide you with success tools so you can make the right decisions on your projects.

People are pivotal to all of our businesses and the success of all projects – we recognize this and will be featuring the new Impact People coming on board and new exciting things happening with members of the existing team (see Nick Regos’ win as NZ Project Manager of the year at the 2012 PMI Awards).

We hope you enjoy this Newsletter and would love to hear from you through our feedback loops! If we don’t see you before the summer holidays, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year for 2013.

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Impact’s Perspective

A view from the Director’s Chair… One of our long-term client’s recently remarked that as an organisation they were implementing some great initiatives but was it really ‘making the boat go faster’? A term coined by Team New Zealand’s winning America’s Cup campaign, it creates an environment where every new initiative that is implemented must ‘make the boat go faster’, or it’s simply not worth doing. It’s especially important in these current tough economic times.

Our medium term goal at Impact is to have an established national organisation and a strong presence in the Middle East. Many of our team have delivered complex projects and have formed strong bonds in that part of the world. We are halfway towards that goal and will achieve it ahead of time.

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Achievement of the Quarter

The three year $65 million transformation of the National Library of New Zealand has been successfully completed and was officially reopened to the public on 27 November 2012. This was marked by a ceremony with the Prime Minister, The Right Honourable John Key, cutting the ribbon to the Gallery. The event was attended by the Honourable Chris Tremain, the current Minister of Internal Affairs, Civil Defence, and Associate Minister of Tourism. The public now have the opportunity to see the new-look Molesworth Street Library, along with greatly improved services.

Impact Director, Garth Palmer who has been involved in the National Library redevelopment project since 2009 says “the 1980s building was deemed no longer fit for purpose, and rapidly running out of storage space – the collections valued at around $1 billion were stored in leaky or poorly controlled environments.”

Not only did the team deliver the collection protection but also the project has greatly improved public areas on the lower ground floor, ground floor and level one, which is linked into the new generation programme that has been developed by the National Library in parallel with the construction upgrade works. This enables New Zealanders and visitors much better access to the collections via social research spaces, interactive AV pods, Lifelines (a large interactive touch table) table, gallery spaces and a new Café on the ground floor (called “Home”) which use is intended for both and the public. Such additional elements of works were able to be undertaken due to close financial management that enabled the release of project contingency funding in a timely manner for this added scope.

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Impact Leadership

New Zealand is rapidly catching up with the rest of the world in understanding the unique skill set of the project manager as well as the benefits they provide in realising the full potential of a project. The sun is slowly setting on large and strategically important projects being led by engineers and architects. This is a good sign that independent project management is maturing in New Zealand.

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Project Profile – Masterton Courthouse Seismic Strengthening

Impact began working with the Ministry of Justice to manage the required building repairs and strengthening in January 2012. The ensuing project required strengthening the 900m² building to 100% NBS (new building standard), re-roofing and general re-configuration and refurbishment to bring the building up to modern standards for a courthouse and reopen for public use.

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Project Snippets

Impact have been working on a number of projects during the quarter including planning and scheduling services for a programme of seismic strengthening works to the civil campus buildings on behalf of Wellington City Council.

Impact have partnered with Cash Converters to lead the management of an extensive nationwide rebranding exercise to update all of their current stores, this will be combined with the ambitious task to upgrade the current stores and grow the number of nationwide stores substantially over the next five year period.

And finally, Over the past 18 months Impact has been engaged by CentrePort to find a cost effective solution to provide a separation barrier between the log yards and the access road to the north of the port.

As part of a suite of projects in Dunedin undertaken on behalf of the Ministry of Justice(MoJ); following the successful delivery of new temporary family & civil court facilities which were relocated out of the Dunedin court house to a central Dunedin location in May.

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