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Creating a workplace for the future – Black Interiors

“Close collaboration was not only important but essential,”

Company project director, David Devery

At Black Interiors the focus is strongly on collaboration to deliver successful project outcomes. This was seen in action recently on the ANZ workplace strategy project in Sylvia Park Tower in Auckland.

Company project director David Devery says the vision was to create a workplace of the future.

He says the ANZ project presented complex challenges meaning collaboration became an even more important aspect than normal. Steel had to be craned in through the façade of the building and significant concrete cutting and removal was undertaken to make way for a new podium staircase.

This meant closely working with Warren and Mahoney, The Building Intelligence Group, Beca and BBD to find solutions.

A backup generator also had to be installed, which necessitated the re-cabling of mechanical and electrical systems both within the tower and also affecting adjacent eating precincts. This saw Black Interiors devising risk mitigation strategies and closely liaising with affected parties as well as completing work outside normal business hours as required.

“Close collaboration was not only important but essential,” says David.

“We had to identify any issues promptly then liaise with contractors and come up with solutions to present to the engineering and project management teams. It was about being solution rather than problem focused.”

He says this resulted in high levels of trust, which flowed on to a great project outcome.

The ANZ workplace strategy project was completed a month ahead of schedule and virtually defect-free first time.

“Everyone on this project had a shared vision and I think everyone knew it was a project that would be something really special.”

“It was a real testament to the Black Interiors and wider project management teams and we’re extremely proud of the result.”

It was a seminal project for the company – the largest it had ever undertaken since Black Interiors started in 2014 by director Dylan Hutt. Based in Auckland, Black Interiors works on projects nationwide.

David says having the right team has been a huge part of Black Interior’s success.

“We put a lot of effort into employing the right team and cultivating the right company culture. This has involved things like free gym memberships and medical insurance for staff, group fitness training, and organising social events that sees them happy, healthy and bonding together. This has great flow-on effects in terms of how we deal with clients and the results we deliver for them.

It’s about making the building process fun, easy and stress-free for everyone.”

David, who has experience completing many large fitout projects in Australia, says the ANZ project has led to enquiry for a lot of other large projects for Black Interiors.

It also saw the project team win a highly commended in the 2020 New Zealand Building Industry Awards for the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award and nominated for the Best Team award in the Property Council People Awards.

“At Black Interiors we’re hugely committed to delivering the highest level of execution and client satisfaction across every project we undertake. Our purpose is to deliver the new standard for inspirational interior spaces every day.”

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