Final acquisition phase sees Donald Cant Watts Corke on the move
Monday 15 May 2017 – National
Leading consulting firm, Donald Cant Watts Corke is growing again. The NSW team has outgrown their current office and is moving around the corner to a bigger premises. From Monday 15 May, Donald Cant Watts Corke’s Sydney office will be located at Level 10, Angel Place, 123 Pitt St, Sydney, just over a minute’s walk from their current address.
As Donald Cant Watts Corke grows from strength to strength, this office move solidifies the partnership between Donald Cant Watts Corke and well-established, highly respected quantity surveying and project management company, Heymann-Cohen. Operating in Sydney since 1998, Heymann-Cohen are experts in the residential and retail sector, specialising in high-end projects, as well as their renowned specialisation of Bank Reporting and Financial Certification.
The cultural fit between the two firms has enabled a highly successful integration, as well as the opportunity to expand into new service areas, since Donald Cant Watts Corke and Heymann-Cohen officially joined forces late in 2014.
From 15 May, all branding will be Donald Cant Watts Corke NSW, with the Heymann-Cohen website also re-directing to www.dcwc.com.au. These actions symbolise the final phase of the acquisition; new banking, legal and ABN information will be communicated to all clients in June, to ensure a smooth transition of business processes in the lead-up to the new financial year.
Chris Cusack, Managing Director, NSW is very excited about moving to the new offices and what the future holds. “The vision for us is clear. We want to be recognised as market leaders through three factors; our best people, outstanding results and sustainable business.
“Our company and team of trusted advisors take pride in developing strong relationships with our clients and stakeholders, which has seen us be instrumental in delivering some of Australia’s most advanced and complex developments across a wide range of sectors.
“Ensuring our businesses are able to operate efficiently and effectively is of primary concern. Growth is positive; and by having a greater space in which to liaise with clients, develop plans and truly help our clients turn their ideas into reality, we eagerly await this next chapter of Donald Cant Watts Corke NSW.”
The integration of these two teams has also helped maximise the range of skills and specialist services available to current and prospective clients. Rolling out the bank reporting and financial certification service nationally, has enabled clients across Australia to entrust our former Heymann-Cohen Directors, to assist them in key residential projects, whereby they couldn’t access these resources previously.
“This move is both exciting and significant for our team,” said Chris Cusack. “As market leaders, Donald Cant Watts Corke is committed to providing its clients with a service that is focused on delivering outstanding results no matter the project. The new Sydney office will allow our business to continue delivering this high quality service to our clients, as partners for excellence.”
Donald Cant Watts Corke has a history of over 50 years, with an intermittent presence in Sydney since the 1980s.
Whilst the address for Donald Cant Watts Corke’s Sydney office is changing, all other contact details remain the same.
New Director appointment announced to support Retail construction industry
Donald Cant Watts Corke today announced the appointment of Mr Mark Vass as a senior level director of the Victorian Quantity Surveying (QS) team, effective immediately.
Mr Vass has over 27 years of construction and strategic project delivery experience successfully managing projects from initial feasibility to final account, valued at $200,000 through to $750 million.
“Mark is a highly skilled professional in both project and program delivery. He has led transformational change from the client side PMO and capital programs, delivering significant savings from service redesign, organisational change and effective procurement,” said Mr Stephen McCollough, Managing Director, Quantity Surveying Victoria, and Group Board Member.
“We were looking for someone with significant experience, particularly in our rapidly expanding Retail, Commercial and Technology sectors and are delighted that Mark has decided to join us.”
“With over 20 years of construction experience in the UK, combined with four years in Australia, Mark has worked with some of Australia’s leading retail clients – a testament to his tenacity and leadership in this field.”
Since moving to Australia, Mark was the Australian and VIC/SA sector lead at another consultancy firm for High Tech, Retail, Commercial, Corporate and Manufacturing for brands such as NAB, Suncorp, Coles, Target, Woolworths, Grill’d, Australia Post and Crown. He has also worked with Intel, Microsoft, AMP Capital, Jupiter’s Casino, Yarra Trams, Telstra and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
“Despite economic predictions a couple of years ago, the retail industry in Australia is continuing to be a growing market, with numerous developments appearing in major metro, outer suburban and regional areas,” said Mr Mark Vass, Director of Quantity Surveying, Victoria.
“Infrastructure in this industry in the coming decade is going to be in high demand, and having the right people to lead these projects will be critical for ensuring our continued success in this market,” said Mr McCoullough.
“Retail doesn’t at all appear to be slowing down. We have seen Aldi, Coles and Woolworths all increase their need for more stores, particularly into new shopping centre hubs, as well as a consistent need for updating their existing ones,” explained Mr Vass.
“To date we have seen a significant increase in demand for quantity surveying services in this area, and anticipate this will be a key sector for infrastructure over the coming decade,” Mr McCoullough added.
“Continuing to have strong relationships with our clients, combined with a focus on understanding their needs will ensure our reputation as trusted advisors is maintained, across all of the services and sectors we specialise in.
“Donald Cant Watts Corke prides itself in its national strength, local knowledge, relationships with stakeholders, and ensuring we are appointed as trusted advisors based on the people we contribute to a project. I looking forward to continuing to make a difference in the construction industry, and am delighted to be taking on this senior role in the Melbourne office,” said Mr Vass.
Queensland growth sees Donald Cant Watts Corke on the move
Leading consulting firm, Donald Cant Watts Corke is growing again and is moving offices this weekend.
From Monday 27 February 2017, Donald Cant Watts Corke’s main Queensland office will be located at Level 11, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane.
The new premises provide Donald Cant Watts Corke’s industry leading professionals with the cutting edge tools and facilities needed to continue offering a range of end-to-end cost management, advisory and project management services for our clients.
“Our team are dedicated to helping our stakeholders achieve the best possible outcomes for their projects,” said Bill Douglas, Managing Director, Queensland.
“Our reputation is built on integrity, passion and reliability. This, combined with specialised knowledge and depth of experience in quantity surveying, project management, infrastructure services, engineering services, independent certification and review, advisory and facilities management across a range of sectors, such as retail, residential, health, education, aged care, commercial, aviation and defence, are the key elements which enable us to influence client success.”
With a national history spanning more than 50 years, the new Brisbane office marks another important milestone for Donald Cant Watts Corke in Queensland. In 2000, the company opened its first Brisbane office; and in more recent years, expanded into North Queensland by opening an office in Townsville in 2012.
“We look forward to embarking on the next chapter of Donald Cant Watts Corke in Queensland,” said Bill Douglas. “It’s a very exciting time for our business.”
“Our new location will allow us to continue offering industry leading services whilst accommodating the growth forecasted for the coming years.”
As trusted partners in excellence, Donald Cant Watts Corke is committed to helping Australia’s most respected organisations turn ideas into reality. The new Brisbane office will allow Donald Cant Watts Corke to continue delivering the high level of outstanding results that clients expect from one of the nation’s largest 100% Australian and privately owned built environment consultancy firms.
Whilst the address for Donald Cant Watts Corke’s Brisbane office is changing, all other contact details remain the same. The new office boasts a 5-star NABERS energy rating as well as on-site café and parking.
New Director appointments announced to support Western Australia’s construction industry
Donald Cant Watts Corke today announced a number of senior level appointments in their Western Australia office, effective immediately. These include the appointment of Mr Neil Dickson to Managing Director, Western Australia & Northern Territory, replacing their current MD, Mr Richard Archer; Ms Sharon Yap from Associate Director to Director; and Ms Niamh O’Connor from Associate to Associate Director.
Mr Dickson is a longstanding leader from within the WA construction space. He joined the Perth team as a Director at the beginning of 2013, and has since led the opening of the group’s expansion into the Northern Territory, the opening of the Darwin office, along with the growth of our Project Management, Independent Certification and Facility Management services.
Mr Dickson’s appointment will ensure we continue to enhance our reputation as leaders in the construction industry. “Our client base has increased significantly in recent times, similarly our presence in a greater number of sectors as well as the range of services we offer. I am delighted to be taking our business to the next level and helping grow the industry further on the West Coast,” Mr Dickson said.
Outgoing Managing Director, Richard Archer, has been at the helm of the WA office for a full decade, opening the office in 2007, and will continue to serve as a key Director of the State office as well as a national Group Board member.
Ms Sharon Yap joined Donald Cant Watts Corke in 2010 as a Quantity Surveyor, following a decade of industry experience. In 2011, she was promoted to Associate and in 2013 was appointed an Associate Director of Donald Cant Watts Corke, WA.
Sharon has a breadth of quantity surveying experience across all sectors, from multi-million dollar commercial mixed use developments to local shire community centres. Sharon has also equipped herself with extensive knowledge in Building Information Modelling (BIM) that includes 4D scheduling, 5D cost planning and 6D Facilities Management; and been an active coach and mentor by providing in-house and on-the-job training to suit individual skills set amongst the WA team.
“Now more than ever, we need to provide innovative ways of delivering projects and work together in partnership with our clients, to look for the best solutions that are designed specifically for individual projects and stakeholders. This is exactly what Sharon exemplifies,” Mr Dickson added.
“Donald Cant Watts Corke prides itself in its national strength, local knowledge, relationships with stakeholders, and ensuring we are appointed as trusted advisors based on the people we contribute to a project. I thoroughly enjoy working with people from all areas of the construction industry, and am delighted to be taking on a more senior role in our Western Australia office,” said Ms Yap.
Another recent promotion within the Western Australia team is Ms Niamh O’Connor. Ms O’Connor joined Donald Cant Watts Corke in 2014, and was quickly appointed an Associate in 2015 following her impressive results. From 2017, she is now an Associate Director for Donald Cant Watts Corke WA.
“Niamh has worked on several major projects in Western Australia across a range of sectors including Health, Aged Care, Correctional and State Government,” said Mr Dickson.
“With a breadth of skills in project, program, design and construction management, through to independent certification and ensuring efficient and effective operational processes are adopted, Niamh is an integral part of the success of Western Australia’s office, and growth in recent years.”
“Both Ms Yap and Ms O’Connor really embody of all our organisational values and are dedicated to providing quality service to our clients.”
“We are thrilled to see them reach this next step in their careers, and look forward to growing our company’s success even more in coming years,” added Mr Dickson.
Neil Dickson appointed WA Managing Director: Succession plan announced to support Western Australia’s construction industry
Donald Cant Watts Corke today announced the appointment of Neil Dickson to Managing Director, Western Australia, replacing their current MD, Richard Archer from 1 January 2017. Mr Archer, who has worked with the firm for close to a decade will continue to serve as a key Director of the State office as well as a national Group Board member.
Mr Archer said the appointment of Mr Dickson will ensure that our business continues to grow and enhance our reputation as leaders in the construction industry. “Our client base has increased significantly in recent times, similarly our presence in a greater number of sectors as well as the range of services we offer. This is notably due to the work Neil Dickson has secured in this area,” Mr Archer said.
“Neil is a longstanding leader from within the WA construction space. His appointment to Managing Director will ensure that our business continues to thrive in an industry which has unfortunately seen many economic setbacks of late.”
“Donald Cant Watts Corke prides itself in developing strong relationships with clients, developing partnerships with stakeholders, and ensuring we are appointed as trusted advisors based on the people we contribute to a project. Neil has often been at the forefront of these relationships, and we are delighted that he is now taking the lead on managing the Western Australian office,” added Mr Archer.
Neil Dickson joined the Perth team as a Director at the beginning of 2013, and has since led the opening of the group’s expansion into the Northern Territory, the opening of the Darwin office, along with the growth of our Project Management, Independent Certification and Facility Management services.
As well as geographic expansion, Mr Dickson has worked on significant projects across the public and private sectors. These include the New Museum Project and working with the Department of Education and Department of Treasury on the Schools’ PPP project as Facilities Management Advisor, Sub-Independent Certifier and Financier’s Certifier. In the private sector, he has been involved in a selection of the new and proposed hotel projects including Crown Towers, a range of residential projects from bespoke homes to high rise towers as well as substantial new developments for the Aged Care sector.
“Neil is no stranger to the unique WA market, having been Managing Director of the Western and Central region (WA, SA and NT) for Davis Langdon Australia (now AECOM),” Mr Archer commented.
“The construction industry in Western Australia has been experiencing significant challenges in recent years. It is imperative that realistic independent advice is available to stakeholders needing this service,” said Mr Dickson.
"Donald Cant Watts Corke has built its reputation on being trusted advisors in this area. Our national strength and local knowledge ensures that we can provide this service to our clients.”
Reflecting on his time at the company, since joining in 2013, Neil Dickson said his views on the industry haven’t changed: "I am a great believer in looking for ways to improve projects, not just deliver them.”
“Now more than ever, we need to work together in partnership with our clients, to look for the best solutions that are designed specifically for individual projects and stakeholders.”
“Our focus for the business will continue to be on providing innovative ways of delivering projects including using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to improve cost planning, buildability and time management. This is where our true expertise lies across our various services, is what our clients seem to desperately need, and is a differentiating factor amongst our competitors,” said Mr Dickson.
Outgoing Managing Director, Richard Archer, has been at the helm of the WA office for a full decade, opening the office in 2007. During that time, he has grown the team from just himself to more than 20 staff and Directors.
Their offices have grown too. The firm has moved up from their humble beginnings on Havelock Street West Perth, to three other offices, including our most recent move to Parmelia House in St George’s Terrace in Perth’s CBD.
Mr Archer has worked at the heart of many of the State’s most important projects during his time as MD. Notably, he led the Quantity Surveying team for the new Perth Children’s Hospital and grew Donald Cant Watts Corke’s Facility Management Advisory team in Western Australia by supporting the Fiona Stanley Hospital.
27 October 2016
Trusted Advisors - 50 years on
Donald Cant Watts Corke has proudly turned 50 this year, and to celebrate this milestone have been celebrating with their clients across Australia.
Group Managing Director, Mr Glenn Corke, reflects on his experiences with the company, and shares his insights on why he believes Donald Cant Watts Corke has been so successful in leaping above the competition and ensuring the company’s growth has been so consistent, despite the economic demands and changing trends within each of the industries the company operates.
“Fifty years is an incredible achievement and a milestone for any organisation, particularly for a privately owned Australian business – especially when you consider that a very high percentage of start-up businesses do not survive the first two years,” said Mr Corke at the gala ball, recently held in Melbourne.
“Today, our competition is either foreign owned businesses, major international engineering houses or listed companies.”
Mr Corke proudly stated: “This has been an incredible journey which commenced at a single desk in someone’s house in East Melbourne. We have now grown to become a national business that employs over 150 people, and has worked on some of the most important and prestigious buildings which have become major icons across Australia over the half century.”
Mr Corke said that the celebratory book, “Foundations for the Future” which was published this year to commemorate the company’s golden anniversary is a reminder of how far the company has come: “The book recognises Donald Cant’s legacy, the contribution made by John Watts as well as the impact our highly talented team has on ensuring our vision and aspirations for the future are upheld.”
“From the time that Don started this organisation, he had a ‘hands on’ work ethic and a philosophy to be a trusted advisor to his clients. This mantra remains within all of us to this day.”
Mr Corke continued by saying, “It’s hard being a leader on your own, so bringing in people with strong skills and expertise has been vital. It’s not always easy or comfortable as they challenge me; the key is being open enough to learn.”
This mirrors Mr Cant’s motto, printed on the inner cover of the commemorative publication: “Well, you must always remember that you’re never too great or grand to learn something”.
“While 50 years is a huge milestone and something for us to be proud of, we need to acknowledge that it is simply that, and not a finish line,” Mr Corke added on his reflection of his time at Donald Cant Watts Corke.
“Now, we must look to the future and ensure the next part of the journey is as successful as the first five decades.”
“Under our 2020 vision, we will continue to grow our shareholders, our services, the industries we specialise in and strengthen each of our offices around Australia.
“We will also continue to give back to the community as our success continues, such as through the RMIT Scholarship, monetary partnership with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, research opportunities at the College of Optometry, as well as Brisbane’s first children’s hospice, Hummingbird House.
“These are all critical aspects of our business, which define how we relate to our clients, how we like to do business, and the legacy Donald Cant Watts Corke wishes to continually uphold within the consulting services arena,” Mr Corke added.
“Many things have changed over the last 50 years, but we have never lost our drive towards being a trusted advisor, a real partner with our clients. This commitment is our foundation for the future.”
NSW Capital Infrastructure boom drives change in consulting markets
Capital Infrastructure is booming across the state of NSW, as both state and private developers rush to support the growing health needs of metropolitan and regional residents.
Previously the ageing population has been quoted as the push and pull factors for increasing health demands but, as our population expands, we are beginning to see the effects of multiple morbidities on healthcare providers.
This growth phenomenon is being felt across various consulting markets, as demand increases for specialist health advisors to facilitate the redevelopment of existing infrastructure and address heightened demand for new health campuses.
Leading NSW property and construction consultancy, Donald Cant Watts Corke has experienced this market growth first hand.
NSW Managing Director Chris Cusack noted that “our NSW office has grown substantially in the last 18 months to support the expanding health contracts of both Health Infrastructure NSW and private health developers.”
“Our ability to deliver the Wollongong Private Hospital from an idea through to reality, helped pave the way for future appointments; including Calvary Health’s Bruce Private Hospital, the Dexus St Leonards health and retail development, the proposed East Tower at Royal North Shore Hospital and Health Infrastructure’s Sustainable Hospital Car Park Investment Program.
“Our recent appointment to the delivery phase of the John Hunter NICU project and the Manning and Muswellbrook Hospital, is a clear indication of the strength of the NSW capital development market,” said Mr Cusack
“Such growth within our project portfolio would not have been possible without a highly skilled team of specialist Health Planning, Project Management and Cost Consultants who continue to deliver outstanding results on major projects across the state.”
“Mick O’Driscoll [pictured] has been integral to this growth; his dedication and commitment to delivering solutions in partnership with clients, stakeholders and users is well recognised amongst his peers. The result is not only delivering value for money an innovative outcomes but most importantly improving patient outcomes and maximising service delivery across various health campuses.
“Mick’s continued focus on patient and client benefits has seen him recently promoted to Associate Director, within our Project Management team,” said Mr Cusack
“Mick’s appointment as Associate Director is a timely recognition of his achievements to date and foreshadows his future potential and contribution to our works.”
Calvary Health’s National Development Manager, Angus Bradley, was extremely positive about the contribution Mr O’Driscoll had made to their capital infrastructure program, noting “Mick O’Driscoll is an insightful and diligent project management professional. It has been a pleasure to work with him on three major health and aged care projects.”
When asked about his contribution to the growth of capital infrastructure in the NSW health market, Mr O’Driscoll commented that his “focus has always been to form a partnership with our clients to implement positive changes in the health sector. We develop and implement best practice solutions and embrace advances in technology. It is this philosophy which has been the formula for success.”
Mr O’Driscoll noted that “Donald Cant Watts Corke is committed to helping build superior health care facilities for the people of New South Wales and would continue to work with all project stakeholders to ensure superior outcomes for all end users.”
Donald Cant Watts Corke is a national consulting group with a strong reputation in the institutional space, working across some of Australia’s most prominent major projects, across various sectors including, health, aviation, aged care, education and defence.