Environmental and 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 and 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.
Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
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 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.
We also draft contract documentation, including working drawings and design specifications, and offer onsite supervision and contract management during construction.
Route and Site Selection and Project Management
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. Stakeholder engagement is scheduled by combining the main work streams and reverse engineering the critical path in line with construction deadlines, regulatory timeframes, and stakeholders needs and influences.
Stakeholder and Citizen Engagement
We have significant hands-on experience engaging and consulting with stakeholders for small and large-scale projects. Examples include affected parties, community groups, interested parties, landowners, iwi and the public. We provide consultation strategies, obtain written approvals, manage public and media relations, and engage in land owner liaison and negotiation. We also provide and operate software platforms that track consultation and negotiation with large numbers of stakeholders, and that produce chronologies and statistics.
Geographical Information Systems
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 projects 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 communities to help them solve deep-seated problems using Agile and Lean methods. We draw on a variety of tools and techniques such as open data, spatial information, maps, mash-ups, facilitation, hackathons, storytelling and service design.
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 get you thinking about "why" something is a problem and use design, user experience, validation and data to help you make quality decisions. We facilitate groups to 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 and improve these (and if necessary fail); and to track community solutions via feedback loops.