HG helps Dunedin to create a sustainable future
Dunedin City Council is the first local government in New Zealand to adopt the international “Thriving Cities - City Portrait” tool....read more
Dunedin City Council is the first local government in New Zealand to adopt the international “Thriving Cities - City Portrait” tool....read more
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of three new board members from within HG....read more
Businesses, creatives, students and New Zealand’s top tech talent came together to unlock the potential of businesses as part of Hack T?maki....read more
Bryce Powell, HG Senior Planner, shares key learnings from the 2021 NZPI conference....read more
‘CA 9’ in the Catalina Precinct of Hobsonville Point has been carefully planned and designed residential development....read more
We’re delighted to introduce three outstanding professionals to the HG team....read more
Congratulations to our Managing Director, Glen Cornelius, on his recent appointment as Vice President of Engineering New Zealand (ENZ)....read more
Jonathan Chambers, recently earned a place on a highly prestigious United States Government professional exchange programme....read more
In December 2019, new digital monitoring rules came into place for New Zealand’s commercial fishing fleet....read more
Engineering New Zealand’s Wonder Project aims to inspire more students into STEM careers, regardless of their school’s decile rating or location....read more
In 2018, HG joined forces with five other companies to form Piritahi - an alliance of civil engineering and construction companies....read more
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of three new Technical Directors and a Technical Lead at HG....read more
A team from HG has been involved in high-density 'design sprints' with XLabs, New Zealand's first circular economy lab....read more
We're proud to be celebrating a major milestone this year - our 135th birthday....read more
HG’s Emerging Director, Jonathan Chambers, was recently appointed Deputy Chair of Infrastructure NZ’s Emerging Talent Network....read more
HG is one of six companies which joined forces almost two years ago to form Piritahi....read more
Welcome to Claire Neville, who has recently joined us as our new Chief Operations Officer....read more
An update from Managing Director Glen Cornelius...read more
My message is about gratitude....read more
An update from Managing Director Glen Cornelius....read more
A message from Glen...read more
HG is fully operational and committed to supporting all our clients during this difficult time....read more
Our Managing Director Glen Cornelius is standing for the role of Vice President on Engineering New Zealand's Board and needs your support....read more
Richard McIntosh, our Chief Operations Manager, has been instrumental in creating an important new industry body, UDINZ....read more
Branxholme Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is the sole reticulated water source for about 51,600 people in Invercargill and Bluff....read more
HG’s use of UAVs (drones) for survey grade mapping, data capture and 3D modelling has skyrocketed since we introduced them back in February 2018...read more
Jo Brosnahan was appointed Chair of HG’s Board in July. She talks here about what makes a good board, a good leader and a successful company....read more
Ben Inger is HG’s Waikato Operations Manager....read more
Thirteen of HG’s mid-career women recently completed a four-month Growing Greatness programme....read more
The design of our Parnell office received a Gold Pin at the Designer's Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards in October....read more
Welcome to Terri Carajannis, who has recently joined us in the new role of Chief Digital Officer....read more
Congratulations to our senior surveyor, Josh Mason, on his appointment to the new role of Technical Manager – High Definition Surveying....read more
13 of HG's mid-career women recently attended the first workshop in the Growing Greatness programme run by Anne Elder-Knight...read more
We're proud of the recent recognition received for a number of different awards ranging from diversity to office design and property....read more
The Bay of Plenty's new University of Waikato campus in the heart of Tauranga city opened in March 2019....read more
Jenson Prasad is our new Auckland Airport Office Manager....read more
Congratulations to Jonathan Chambers, newly appointed as Emerging Director on the HG Board....read more
Welcome to Karen-Ann Venter, our new Team Leader - Civil Engineering in Wellington....read more
The Government’s first set of National Planning Standards (17 of them) were released on 5 April 2019 and will come into force on 3 May 2019....read more
Congratulations to our 24 technical experts who have been recognised for excellence and leadership in their fields....read more
Innovative sustainability features are the hallmark of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's $25 million redevelopment of Regional House....read more
Vicki Taylor has joined us in the new role of Senior Programme Manager - Advisory Services....read more
A new high-level executive team has been appointed....read more
It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of three highly talented independent directors to our board....read more
Congratulations to the three highly regarded industry leaders recently appointed to key senior roles at e-Spatial....read more
We’re delighted to announce the creation of our advisory services team....read more
Peter Affleck has joined our Wellington office in the key role of Team Leader - Building Services....read more
We’re delighted to introduce Greg Rozen, recently appointed as Technical Lead - Advisory Services....read more
Congratulations to Karen West, our General Manager - People & Communications on her appointment to the Board of Infrastructure New Zealand....read more
Digital monitoring to ensure New Zealand’s fleet of 1,100 commercial vessels is fishing sustainably is a game-changer for both the Ministry for...read more
Christchurch City Council’s transformative use of spatial technology won a significant award at the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards....read more
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for two independent directors to join our Board - one as our new Chair....read more
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of three senior leaders to key roles....read more
The engineering and construction industry was in the spotlight last month with the annual Week of Engineering event....read more
It was a great honour to receive an Excellence Award at the recent TVNZ Marketing Awards, for the Best Internal Marketing Strategy for the creati...read more
Earlier in the year we merged with spatial information specialists e-Spatial....read more
Harrison Grierson’s Young Professionals Group recently teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help renovate a home for a local family in need....read more
Earlier in the year, Harrison Grierson got behind the Diversity Agenda....read more
The Week of Engineering returns for 2018 from 13-18 August celebrating the work engineers do every day, and showcasing amazing engineering feats....read more
Our traffic and transportation business unit HGT2 will come under the HG umbrella from Monday 2 July 2018....read more
Next week our Newmarket and HGT2 teams move into our new office in Parnell, Auckland....read more
An international expert in urban development has been appointed to a newly created senior role at Harrison Grierson....read more
The Week of Engineering returns this August to celebrate the work engineers do every day to improve the world we live in....read more
In just three months, our Newmarket and HGT2 teams will have a new home in Parnell....read more
HG is a participant employer in the LookSee Build New Zealand programme which aims to address NZ's need for engineers....read more
HG Senior Urban Designer, Lauren White has been appointed to a chair position on the Auckland Urban Design Panel....read more
Congratulations to our 26 employees who have been recognised for their technical excellence and leadership....read more
Change of some form is desperately needed, says our General Manager - Infrastructure Steve Finnemore....read more
Auckland currently faces some major issues. We have a growing population, a shortage of houses, and significant traffic congestion....read more
Our General Manager - Land Development, Richard McIntosh talks resilient infrastructure....read more
Auckland Transport and HGT2 (as a key consultant) scooped up the prestigious awards at the Asia Pacific Cycle Congress....read more
Harrison Grierson, along with more than 100 other companies, recently signed an open letter to New Zealand....read more
On 14 November 2017, we announced our merging with spatial information specialists, e Spatial....read more
Health and safety is always our top priority....read more
The world of engineering was brought to life across the nation....read more
We take a look at the sectors we work in, and each party's policies...read more
We enjoyed great success at the Innovate NZ Awards of Excellence last month....read more
A recent Queenstown appointment creates an immediate presence for HG in the region...read more
Two new appointments to the Harrison Grierson Board were approved at yesterday’s Annual General Meeting....read more
New appointment in HG's new Environmental Services unit....read more
HG now have a presence in Hamilton, and our Newmarket office is set to move back to Parnell....read more
Discover what the world’s humblest superheroes create every day with the Week of Engineering....read more
HG landscape architects scoop up top award....read more
Congratulations to our 14 team members who have been recognised for their technical leadership and excellence....read more
We are delighted to announce that Glen Cornelius, our Managing Director, has been made a Fellow of IPENZ....read more
We’re the first in NZ to own the high-tech Trimble SX10. It’s a game-changer in survey equipment....read more
We recently attended two awards ceremonies as finalists, and have been short-listed for another....read more
We're pleased to introduce three new senior staff in our Christchurch and Tauranga offices...read more
On 1 February 2017, we merged with traffic and transportation engineering specialists, T2, creating a new business unit called HGT2...read more
Harrison Grierson recently made health and safety history, with the highest score ever recorded in New Zealand for SiteWise certification...read more
Located in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD, our new office in Spring Street is modern, bright and spacious....read more
Rachel Ducker, a big picture thinker and highly experienced senior planner, has been appointed Planning Manager in our Christchurch office....read more
Our structural engineers have used the latest technology in two world first applications....read more
When the recent Havelock North water contamination issue hit the headlines, Iain Rabbitts became an authoritative voice on the matter...read more
In August 2011, Margaret created history at Harrison Grierson when she became our first independent director. Her appointment as our Chairman in...read more
Harrison Grierson has appointed Clare Tolan to General Manager - Survey. This completes our General Manager appointments...read more
Congratulations to our Chairman, Margaret Devlin, on her appointment as Chairman of Watercare Services Limited, effective from November 2016...read more
Our Water & Wastewater manager, Iain Rabbitts, says it was only a matter of time before contaminated water caused widespread sickness...read more
Harrison Grierson recently won two awards - including the coveted supreme award, at the New Zealand Planning Institute’s 2016 Awards....read more
We recently appointed a top specialist infrastructure manager and engineer to the newly created key role of Business Development Lead....read more
Congratulations to our 10 staff members whose promotions have just been announced....read more
Harrison Grierson independent director, Elena Trout, has been elected President of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)....read more
We’re pleased to introduce three new key people and an important internal appointment....read more
Cantabrians have much to be positive about, says Glen Hughes, our southern regional manager. “We can be optimistic about our future, despite"...read more
An international water expert has been appointed to a key role in our Auckland office....read more
The 30 year Infrastructure Plan was published by Treasury’s National Infrastructure Unit in October. It identifies big challenges for NZ....read more
Warren joined HG earlier this year from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) as our Civil and Infrastructure Services Manager....read more
Our exclusive capabilities in modelling and retrofitting existing buildings are in high demand. We’re using state of the art structural analysis...read more
Quad 7 will be a striking new landmark and an important gateway building when it’s completed next year....read more
Recently proposed changes to the earthquake prone building policy means there are some important points to remember...read more
We’ve had a few new appointments to our wider team and would like to introduce you to who they are, their roles are and a bit about them....read more
Two of our senior managers were appointed Technical Directors on April 1, and 12 other staff members...read more
Our structural team is offering state of the art structural modelling techniques, with the potential to save clients millions of dollars....read more
This year, Harrison Grierson celebrates 130 years in business....read more
Harrison Grierson was proud to be finalists in this week’s Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2015 in three separate categories...read more
Our water team is riding a wave of success. In the last few months, it’s received four prestigious...read more
Two experienced business leaders joined the Harrison Grierson Board in June....read more
Our Wellington, Christchurch and Manukau teams have moved to fantastic new premises this year…...read more
Kawakawa Bay is a small coastal settlement on the south-east coast of Auckland. Until the installation...read more
Adelphi House is a seven-storey heritage building built in 1928. Located in Wellington’s Courtenay Place Heritage Area, it was designed...read more
Today’s launch of a new visual identity for Harrison Grierson symbolises two years of significant positive...read more
Design work on Stages 2 and 3 of Mount Isa’s $33 million sewerage upgrade has been commissioned, with work...read more
Our Water & Waste team is enjoying three major successes...read more
Harrison Grierson has just released its fifth Sustainability Report, outlining our sustainability practices as a company...read more
A state of the art $10 million upgrade to the 70-year-old Kerepehi water treatment plant on the Hauraki Plains...read more
An explosion of work on the Christchurch rebuild has seen staff numbers grow by over 200% in 12 months for...read more
An expert in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) has jointly won a major New Zealand...read more
Harrison Grierson structural engineers have recently completed the complex seismic rehabilitation design of...read more
Harrison Grierson continues its role as professional advisor and design consultant on the Lakes residential project...read more
When Australasian engineering and design company, Harrison Grierson, appointed Dave Needham as its Tauranga...read more
In 2018, HG joined forces with five other companies to form Piritahi - an alliance of civil engineering and construction companies - comprising of HG, Tonkin and Taylor, Woods, Hick Bros and Dempsey Wood. The alliance’s owner-participant is K?inga Ora – Homes and Communities, formed in October 2019 and made up of Housing NZ, its development subsidiary HLC, and KiwiBuild. This is HG’s first alliance, and we consider it a privilege being part of the largest urban development project in Auckland since World War II.
Scott Williams was one of Piritahi's first employees, entering the alliance from HG. He recently became Piritahi's Principal Specialist, after 18 months as Neighbourhood Design Manager for its Northcote projects. We asked Scott to tell us what it's like being part of Piritahi.
Q: Scott, please tell us about your background and how you ended up at Piritahi?
My career began as a town planner at HG in 2010. During my time as a Planner, then Senior Planner, I had an interest in Project Management and being involved in the construction phase of projects as well as the design and planning phases.
In 2015, I had the opportunity to project manage a land development project that I was also the planner for. This was the first time I experienced the construction phase of land development projects and I was hooked!
In late 2016, I moved into HG’s Land Development Team and then the Urban Design Team as a specialist Project Manager. Ironically, despite my planning training and background, this wasn’t a career progression I had planned for.
My technical planning background still adds value today. While I no longer practice as a planner, I’m constantly drawing on my experiences and knowledge in that area.
Shortly after the alliance was announced, I put my name forward to join Piritahi because it was an opportunity to learn about different systems and processes and to gain experience of alliance designs, prices and constructs. These are quite different to ‘non alliance’ traditional land development projects. There was also the opportunity to work and build relationships with people from other companies, which I hadn’t experienced.
The beauty of the alliance is that it was like starting a new job, without having to resign from an existing job. So, while I’m still an HG employee, I’m formally seconded to the alliance for 40 hours a week, for the life of the alliance.
Q: What is your role at Piritahi?
My role as Principal Specialist means I work across K?inga Ora’s developments in Northcote, Mangere, Mount Roskill, Tamaki and Oranga.
Because Northcote is so far advanced with construction jobs on the ground, I’ve gained significant experience of the design, construct, price and build process.
The alliance has a Target Outturn Cost (TOC), as opposed to the typical NZS 3910 many of us are familiar with. Fundamentally, the TOC model means that early in the design process we set one price for the entire job with little or no chance of variations, unless it is a client change in scope. This means our various teams, including design, commercial and construction, need to work together to ensure the development is well thought through and we price the entire job once.
During my 18 months as Neighbourhood Design Manager at Northcote, there have been five work packages designed, priced and now under construction.
Q: Is there anything significantly different about being part of an alliance?
Piritahi is laying the groundwork for more homes to be built, faster. I really enjoy how swiftly projects can move ahead. In just one year, you can design and get Council approval for a development. Almost immediately, you see the build begin and then finished a few years later. For example there are several jobs in Northcote, that were issued to us in March 2019. They have been designed, consented, priced and construction started in September and October this year.
Q: Why is this?
Having everyone under the same roof makes it much easier to take a very streamlined and collaborative approach. During the design phase, we’ve got engineers, surveyors and planners all in the same room, as well as contractors who are itching to get out on site. There’s always quality information flowing around. Outside of an alliance , you don’t always have a construction or commercial representative right there in the same office at the start of the job.
Q: What are the benefits of an alliance model?
The alliance model is a far smarter approach for such a big and complex project as this. It means we all mesh together, identifying and solving problems, and approaching complex tasks with a problem-solving, resolution perspective. The scale and combined resources of the alliance have also allowed us to take on infrastructure. Traditionally, this would be procured and built by CCOs but because of our scale and ability, we’re able to take on those projects, which are key in unlocking land for housing - again streamlining the process.
Q: There are six different organisations in the alliance. How does everyone get on?
The old saying, ‘team work makes the dream work’ is absolutely true at Piritahi. Team members work together for a common goal. We all rely on each other to succeed. Every organisation within the alliance, every team and every team member right through to the foreman relies on each other to succeed. And that means we just have to work things out and get the job done. Notwithstanding that, there are always disagreements, or differing opinions – however there is always a resolution and way forward.
Q: Where to next for Scott Williams?
I’ve only been in my current role for five months and despite planning being my background, I’m not thinking ahead career-wise.
Having said that, as the first land development alliance in the country, Piritahi offers the potential for a large amount of career variety. There’s plenty of opportunity. You can go anywhere you want, within reason. The amount of experience you get coming here and being exposed to contractors, commercial teams, quantity surveyors and the community team in the same building is huge. I think you become a better-rounded professional with all this multidisciplinary experience. I know at HG I enjoyed the multidisciplinary exposure as a young graduate too.
It really is an honour to be involved in such a transformative housing change in Auckland and to be playing an active role in making life better for many people. This is one of HG’s core values and something I’m privileged to be able to do on a daily basis.