Building Better Communities Through Collaboration

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Mark Williams Leadership Board
GM Major Projects Land Development / Director
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Navigating the complexities of land development calls for more than expertise, it demands collaboration. 

Leveraging the power of collaborative efforts enables us to draw upon a broad spectrum of knowledge, experiences, and viewpoints. This collective intelligence approach helps us to challenge traditional mindsets, foster innovation, and make well-informed decisions. 


The importance of collaboration 

Collaboration is vital in land development, where diverse factors such as environmental impact, societal needs, economic viability, and regulatory compliance intersect. Working together helps us to navigate these multifaceted challenges more effectively. 

Moreover, strategic collaboration is the engine that powers innovative solutions. It drives us to discover and execute plans that meet the needs and expectations of all stakeholders. Through these partnerships, we can fully understand and respond to the unique demands of each project. 


Keeping collaboration at the core 

As a multi-disciplinary firm, we have surveyors, engineers, and planners all working together at different stages of a project. This coexistence under one roof allows us to work together closely, sharing ideas, leveraging each other's expertise, and consistently providing feedback and inputs to address various project challenges.  

For instance, if an engineer encounters an obstacle in a development project, they can immediately tap into the knowledge of a surveyor to identify potential solutions. Or if an urban designer drafts a public space concept, they can readily consult an onsite engineer about its practicality. 

This multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach proves especially valuable on large-scale development projects where plans and designs often need to change due to factors like land ownership, infrastructure constraints, or regulatory requirements. It also lets us speed up the consents process to avoid delays or budget impacts.  

Through active collaboration with all stakeholders, we can flexibly adapt and find solutions that best align with everyone's interests.  


Community collaboration 

Collaboration is equally important when operating within an established neighbourhood.  

Amidst a project's progression, life for the community must go on—work, school, and everyday amenities like power, telecommunications, and plumbing all must continue without disruption.  

By engaging with and maintaining open lines of communication with all stakeholders and contractors, and by engaging with the local community, we can identify and proactively resolve potential conflicts, minimising disruption and creating positive outcomes for everyone involved. 

We view neighbourhoods not as disjointed entities but as interconnected ecosystems. This perspective enables us to anticipate and address potential conflicts proactively, thus ensuring minimal disruption to daily routines. 


Collaboration in an alliance framework 

This long-standing working practice of collaboration has enabled us to have a successful transition into the LEAD Alliance.  

While the alliance framework was on a much larger scale, our collaborative experiences across projects with private developers, retirement villages, and state-owned enterprises like KiwiRail have all informed our approach.  

Despite long standing competition among the pool of design companies, a collective commitment to balanced work distribution and equal contribution to the alliance has been notably evident over the past four years. 

As an active member of the LEAD Alliance, Woods contributes significantly to the design and delivery of infrastructure, ensuring its harmonious integration with the community. Our ability to collaborate and coordinate effectively has been pivotal in keeping the project moving. 


Choose Woods 

Strategic collaboration in land development provides the blueprint for creating communities that are more than just spaces to live—it enables us to develop environments where individuals and communities can thrive. 

Woods’ approach to land development underscores the importance of strategic collaboration. Whether it's navigating large-scale projects, integrating with existing neighbourhoods, or working within an alliance framework, collaboration is at the heart of what we do at Woods, and it's the key to our continued success.