Research facility draws on team’s skills
Combining the disciplines of project management with expert knowledge in construction costs and contracts sets a formidable point of difference for Nelson-based company, Noble.
Independently owned and operated by experienced project manager and quantity surveyor Andy Noblee, the company draws from 32 years experience running a wide range of construction projects from concept through to delivery.Founded in 1987 by Martin Hay, the business was known as Hay & Associates for many years.
Rebranded as Noble, Martin has now taken a consultancy role, ensuing the depth and breadth of his knowledge remains available to colleagues and customers.
Originally hailing from Scotland, Andy moved to Nelson eight years ago, progressively taking the business reins.
A hallmark of Noble’s effective delivery of challenging projects is that it has successfully merged the separate but interdependent disciplines of project management and quantity surveying, while maintaining independence from in-house construction and design teams.
Noble Project Manager Jon Marshall explains that the fusion of project management and quantity surveying creates significant value for Noble’s clients and property developers in terms of project certainty.
“Combining those skills creates a powerful individual or team that can assess the cost differences in design variances immediately, rather than having to outsource to QS companies.
We consider our-selves a boutique project management company.”
A small team of six with backgrounds ranging from main contracting, design and quantity surveying – Noble’s boutique flavour means it is manage-able, agile and dynamic.
“The six of us work in an open office and we hear everyone’s conversations. Typically we contribute to each others projects, so the client isn’t just getting a single project manager—they’re getting a collaborative team and benefit from that collective wisdom.”
Predominantly working in aged care, commercial and education facility construction, Jon says Noble engages in any project relating to the delivery of construction and cost control.
“We also prepare funding reports and draw-downs for banks when they have a client wanting to borrow funds for a development project.
“They engage us to ensure everything in the development balances financially as well as a contractual way. We will also manage the project if that’s required.”
In May last year Noble completed project management of the new Cawthron Finfish Research Centre in Glenduan, just out of Nelson.
Noble has previously completed a number of projects for the Cawthron Institute and was engaged to run the Finfish Research Centre project from its inception.
“The Finfish Research Centre is a state-of-the-art facility comprising of a 1650sqm insulated and bio-secure building with 27 freshwater and seawater holding tanks, in ground water treatment sumps, a wet lab and office area. The facility is designed to research how the efficiency of salmon and finfish breeding programmes can be increased.”
After initially assessing what development of the facility would cost, Noble was engaged to initiate the design process, coordinating the design team to ensure the project came within the budget that was set.
“We came up with a building design that Caw-thron approved and tendered the project out to get a main contractor and then got into the construction phase through to practical completion.”
Jon says that one of the key project challenges was stabilising the land that the centre was built on, which was prone to liquefaction.
“We engaged a company to complete a deep soil mix to improve the bearing capacity of the ground and that took 130 cement and soil piles that went 12 metres into the ground.”
Passionate about the art and science of project management, Jon says he loves working on a project from start to finish to deliver the end product that the customer is really happy with and the Cawthron project was a good example of that.
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