8 Nov 2011

Wellington firm attributes growth to diversity

8:00 am on 8 November 2011

Co-director of Wellington-based company Impact Project Management, David Weir, says the key to its success in difficult economic times has been its diverse range of clients.

Impact Project Management was set up in 1999 by Garth Palmer to provide independent project management services to corporate and government clients.

It now employs 14 people, most of them with overseas experience on mega-projects that include the Grand Egyptian museum in Cairo, multi-million dollar city developments in the Middle East and development projects at major international airports such as Gatwick and Heathrow.

Impact Project Management has just completed work on the $60 million redevelopment of the Wellington Airport terminal and is currently managing the $50 million redevelopment of the National Library, the Ministry of Justice upgrades of courthouses and Christchurch City Council's central city plan.

Mr Weir says the company has seen many of its peers downsize or go out of business while it has grown and he puts that down to the policy of trying to have a diverse range of projects and clients rather than specialising.

He says there is huge potential for growth in the project management sector, primarily in Christchurch with the earthquake rebuild but also in Auckland and in government infrastructure projects.