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John Collins

Contact

(03) 365 4328

john@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Qualifications

B. Planning & Design

B. Property & Construction

(University of Melbourne)

Memberships

Greenstar Accredited Professional

John Collins

Skills

Live Environment Projects

John has extensive experience completing projects within a live operating environment.  In particular he is experienced in managing the complexities of maintaining "business as usual" activities while developing new environments, satisfying even the most demanding operational stakeholders and clients requirements.

Contract & Contractor Management

John's experience of working for contractors means he is skilled at anticipating issues that may arise in the construction phase of any project.  He is able to work effectively with contractors to achieve the best outcome for the client, mitigating potential budget or timeline issues through proactive management.

Relationships & People Management

John is skilled at facilitating project teams to deliver.  Having worked in a range of situations and projects his unique understanding of the various perspectives means he is adept at handling conflicts and understands the strengths and insights the various team members bring to the project  These skills ensure he is able to get best result for the client from their chosen team.  

In Previous Lives

After University, John worked for a boutique builder in Melbourne, completing large residential new builds, and retail and commercial fitout projects.

From there he moved to Edinburgh and worked for a building company undertaking amongst other projects, the live refurbishment of The St Andrews Hotel on the world famous St Andrews golf course before "graduating" to a role with a client side Project Management consultancy in London.

John and family returned to NZ to be closer to family here in Canterbury.

Client Projects

2010 & 2011 - Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Albert park, Melbourne

John worked in the Engineering Project Management Team on the 2010 and 2011 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix's. John was the Formula 1 Paddock Manager with specific responsibility for managing the fit-out requirements of the F1 team garages, pit lane, working facilities and entertainment areas of the Formula 1 teams and Formula One Management.  This technically challenging project required in-depth and precision understanding and interpretation of the unique requirements for this purpose.

Myer Bourke Street Store Redevelopment, Melbourne

John worked as part of the Myer project team helping to implement the Myer Melbourne, Bourke Street Store Redevelopment. The project involved a partial demolition of the heritage listed building, with a total redevelopment of the demolished areas and refurbishment of the existing building with a priority on maintaining "business as usual" trading. The Myer Melbourne store recently won the 2011 Store Design of the Year award at the Oracle World Retail awards in Berlin.

ANdAZ Hotel, Liverpool Street, London UK

During John's time in London he was the Project Manager for ANdAZ Hotel, Liverpool Street, (formerly the Great Eastern Hotel) which included the Health Club and 1901 Restaurant refurbishments. John was involved in all aspects of the project from concept through to completion and successfully delivered the project to the highest standard.

Why I Love What I Do

John has always wanted to work in the construction industry and "feels like a child in a toy store" when on site.

"I enjoy setting in place the necessary structure and procedures at the beginning of a project, and the problem solving that inevitably arises during the construction phase as concept turns into reality."

John Collins

Senior Project Manager

  • B. Planning & Design

  • B. Property & Construction

  • (University of Melbourne)

john@theprojectoffice.co.nz (03) 365 4328