Environmental & Urban Planning
We advise on the district, regional and unitary planning and statutory requirements, and the development potential of projects. We prepare and process resource consent applications and provide the environmental expertise necessary for AEEs involving infrastructure, multi-lot subdivisions, network utilities and commercial/ residential ventures.
We have significant experience with notices of requirement, outline plans of works, designation alterations and requiring authority applications, and have prepared several local and national policy documents and submissions.
Property Acquisition, Disposal & Legalisation
We are Accredited Crown Property Agents. We provide property negotiation, acquisition, disposal, legalisation and valuation services for roading, rail, electricity, water and waste projects, and commercial and residential developments.
We act on behalf of the Crown, councils and commercial operators. Our expertise includes the Public Works Act 1981, Local Government Act 2002 (leasing, licensing and road stopping), Electricity Act 1992, Resource Management Act 1991 and several other land related statutes, regulations and codes of practice.
Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture & Planning
We prepare master plans and development plans from initial concept through to detailed design for infrastructure, open public spaces, streetscapes, sports facilities, residences, commercial premises and shared-space environments. We also draft contract documentation, including working drawings and design specifications, and offer onsite supervision and contract management during construction.
We produce visual and landscape assessments, viewshed analysis, visibility mapping, photomontages, artistic impressions, mitigation measures and hearing evidence to support feasibility studies, route evaluations, resource consent applications and policy assessments.
Project Management, and Route & Site Selection
We have proven experience in planning and managing the route/ site selection, property, consenting, stakeholder engagement and the communication work streams of major infrastructure projects. This includes the budgeting, programming, law, governance, and risk and contractor/ consultant management. Our multi-disciplinary approach, decision-making processes and project management are underpinned by the agile method. The entire approach is staged to prevent waste and to build the certainty needed for investment.
We locate and design routes and sites in a way that is more likely to be accepted by stakeholders, and to gain consents and property rights on time and budget. The location and design of a proposal is optimised by breaking it down into smaller, comparable parts and continuously fine-tuning it in response to expert advice and stakeholder feedback. The work and stakeholder engagement is programmed by integrating the main workstreams and reverse engineering the critical path in line with construction deadlines, regulatory timeframes, and stakeholders needs and influence.
Stakeholder & Citizen Engagement
We have significant hands-on experience engaging and collaborating with stakeholders for small and large projects. Examples include affected parties, community groups, interested parties, landowners, iwi and the public. We provide engagement strategies, obtain approvals, manage public and media relations, collaborate, and engage in land owner liaison and negotiation. We also provide and operate software platforms that track engagement and negotiation with large numbers of stakeholders, and that produce chronologies and statistics.
Geospatial Data & Design
Our experience tells us that interactive mapping tools and aerial imagery streamlines service coordination between clients, project teams and stakeholders. It also tells us that mapping tools aid in the successful development of ideas and designs, selecting optimal locations for proposals and reporting on the spatial progress of projects.
Our planning, property, landscape architecture, civic hacking and stakeholder engagement services are fully supported by our experienced geospatial team using the best mapping technologies. We apply these technologies to a wide variety of environmental, electricity, water and transport infrastructure projects, as well as commercial and residential development projects.
We work with authorities and communities to advance opportunities or solve deep-seated problems using the Agile and Lean Business methods. We draw on a variety of tools, such as service design, co-design, open data, GIS, mash-ups, hackathons, storytelling, facilitation and (net) huis.
We get you thinking about "why" something is a problem or opportunity and use design, user experience, data and validation to help you make quality decisions. We help you to discover the data needed to solve a community problem; to work with it, map it, present it and share it. We facilitate group activities to help people air their thoughts, listen to others, and teach new skills and thinking processes by working with real challenges. We show you how to experiment with prototype solutions, to test them, to fail, and to improve or 'pivot' them; and to track community ventures with feedback loops.
Smart Cities & Towns
We help local government, authorities, boards and network utilities understand how their cities (or towns) can leverage emerging technology and data, and how they can use these fresh opportunities to support policy-making, development and service provision. Potential benefits include greater democracy, economic development, operational efficiency, education, healthy environments, safety, accessibility and crime reduction.
A smart city (or town) relies on the participation of citizens in the co-creation of its civic affairs, emerging technology and data. We formulate community ecosystems and innovation platforms making service design user-centric. We introduce clients to a wide array of methods, channels and technologies to gather data for visibility, correlation, information and decision-making. These include a mix of Agile and Lean methods, apps, e-petitions, open-source databases, open data, hackathons, GIS, mash-ups, crowdsourcing, virtual design & prototyping, online communities, forums, chatrooms, e-mail lists, discussion boards, virtual & augmented reality, sensors, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth.