The Canterbury region is certainly no stranger to earthquakes. Prendos’ Christchurch-based team has been there through the devastating Canterbury and Kaikoura events, and has put their diverse skills to good use as they work with local communities and businesses to rebuild.
The Prendos team in Christchurch are a diverse bunch. With 12 staff based in their Burnside offices, they come from all corners of the globe – from Britain, Ireland and Slovenia, to China, the USA and New Zealand. But it’s their diverse skillset that has proven particularly useful to their clients over the years.
“We have a true multi-disciplinary team,” says Prendos Director and Christchurch Manager, Rory Crosbie. “We cover building and cost management, structural engineering and project management. What this means for our clients is that we offer the full package – intelligent solutions for any of their property needs, whether they require just one service or a tailored combination of two or more.”
“Our cultural diversity also provides a unique perspective. Our key people have worked in the New Zealand market for almost ten years, so they’re well versed in the local issues and legalities. However they also apply their international experience and knowledge where relevant. This collective broader view has resulted in some very positive solutions for our clients.”
In fact, it seems much of the work delivered by the Christchurch team demands specialist skills. Current projects include large earthquake insurance claims following the Kaikoura event, as well as closing out ongoing Canterbury earthquake claims.
“The earthquakes have brought about a great deal of specialist work, all of which demands a particular skillset. Lots of the work we do requires us to act as expert witness, and our knowledge of the legal process, contracts and technical issues, as well as the experience we’ve gained working as a multi disciplined team, gives us a far broader perspective. Our building surveyors, for example, are exposed to our engineers’ conversations on the seismic strengthening of buildings. And our structural engineers now understand how timber decay and passive fire issues can affect a building’s structure.”
On top of this earthquake related expertise, the team work on lease reinstatement and maintenance management work, pre-development surveys and bank finance as well as defective building expert witness and project remediation. While the engineers are busy with structural work, both remediation and new builds, the cost managers keep the rest of the team on their toes when it comes to project costs and risks.
“Working through the aftermath of the earthquake events has been challenging, both personally and professionally,” says Rory. “But it’s also been hugely rewarding. The best part has been assembling and working with the current team and our clients. We really appreciate the relationships we’ve developed, and we’re committed to continuing to deliver for them. We also look forward to building new relationships into the future. Contributing to the rebuild has been a once in a life time opportunity for all of us.”