Mark arrived in Christchurch just prior to the 2011 earthquake as a Brit with a Kiwi wife. He wasn’t expecting to stay that long. Then the ground literally moved from under him, and a decade later, his contribution to the rebuilding of Christchurch has been significant.
Whilst he enjoys numbers as a trained QS, Mark had a desire to be more involved. “It’s about understanding how the user journey affect the design and build process.” Mark says he thrives educating and encouraging developers to do something different. “I am particularly enjoying engaging with iwi as New Zealand shifts to embrace Māori cultural values for the better.”
Under Mark’s guidance, RCP’s Christchurch team has successfully nurtured competent regional managers now re-located in Taranaki, Dunedin and Queenstown. “We’ve deliberately thought about how to grow people from within. It’s a part of our DNA.”
Given the risks Mark has observed and measured over the past decade in Canterbury, and despite his relaxed style of management, he strikes one as the kind of person you’d be safe to go to sea with.
“You need to take time in the relationship to build a climate of trust where new ideas will be accepted.” RCP’s reputation for solving problems and thinking beyond the box has seen a significant number of engagements in Canterbury.
“We’ve grown to become a cornerstone of trust in project management. Because we become involved in the concerns of all stakeholders, we can engage in projects with greater depth. Sure, the ground’s moved from under me, but I’m staying put.”
Mark is an Associate Director at RCP and Christchurch Regional Manager. He is a qualified Quantity Surveyor, with 23 years industry experience. Mark has more than seven years’ experience with RCP in the NZ market and 15 years in the UK. His diverse and extensive experience ranges from small retail fit outs to $100M plus projects. Mark focuses on taking the client through the journey of construction from upfront masterplan design to handing the keys over. He builds relationships with the whole team to run a collaborative project and uses this skillset to review decisions with a commercial view point. His areas of expertise are insurance claim substantiation (CDHB $320 Million Dollars) and design management. Mark has a relaxed management style encouraging innovation, openness and team work ethic with the ability to drive a project to exceed programme expectation.
Ngai Tahu Tourism Hot Pools, Queenstown
24hr Clinic & Corporate Headquarters
CDHB Flood Mitigation
Earth & Sky Tekapo observatory
Kathmandu Head Office, Christchurch
CDHB EQ Remediation Project
Christchurch Civic Building EQ Remediation Project
University of the Arts central London
Refurbishment 4th Floor, Harvey Nichols
Aberdeen Investments shell works for Tesco
Refurbishment of Primark Stores – Spain various