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Contents .4 Design something exceptional .6 Bringing it all together .8 Our team .10 Moving the vision forward .11 Planning for success .12 Caring for the environment .14 Safety matters .16 Going from plan to reality
Playspace Design + Build 3. Designing New Zealand’s next generation of public playspaces. After years of working in the playground After assembling a team of some of New Zealand’s most building industry, we were tired of hearing experienced playspace construction professionals, we set up shop in Parnell, Auckland. From there, we began from councils who were frustrated with the planning, designing, and installing playgrounds for complicated process of designing and building Councils, Schools, and Early Learning Centres all over the public playgrounds. country. The standard process of building a playground involved With consistency in the make-up of our team, we had working with multiple partners. Partners like landscape continuity from project to project, which meant we could architects, construction companies, and equipment learn from, and improve, the design and build process. As suppliers. Often, these companies were siloed in we grew, this enabled us to deliver simpler, faster, better their own areas of expertise and unable to deliver the project experiences to our clients. complete playground package. Our biggest mission when we set up Creo was to make We decided the best way to fix this was to start our own people as passionate about playground design as we are. playground design company. A company that would That is still our biggest mission today. bring together the services of landscape architecture, construction, and equipment selection, under one roof. A specialised playground design service that could offer scalable design and construction services, a simpler customer experience, and ultimately, better play spaces. Consequently, in February 2017, Creo was born. Contact us on: 0800 000 334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Playspace Design + Build 5. How do you achieve exceptional? How do you take the ideas from your local community and turn them into something tangible? How do you capture a vision and make it a reality? At Creo, we have an expert team of landscape architects, project managers, and installers who can help you to do just that. Our team has years of experience designing and building public play spaces for councils and community groups, so we understand the demands your outdoor spaces must meet. It’s all about striking the right balance between flow, practicality, and play. About making spaces that are accessible and flexible, ensuring safety standards are met, and making sure eco-friendliness is a priority. We’ll work within your processes to produce expertly crafted outdoor environments that are a joy to maintain and play in. In doing this, we’ll turn your community’s dreams into reality and continue our mission to deliver exceptional play spaces to New Zealand’s towns and cities.
Playspace Design + Build 7. Building a new play space requires design, planning, procurement, project management, and construction expertise. Until now, bringing these services together involved working with multiple companies; each with their own unique culture and ways of doing things. Working in the playground installation industry for the past 20 years, we’ve seen first-hand how this approach almost guarantees mistakes and budget blowouts. With so many different parties working in one space, it can be a communications nightmare. With our full-service approach, we’ve solved the communications problem and eliminated the stress clients feel when creating a new play space. Our highly qualified landscape architects work with you to match design with your needs. Our experienced project managers and playground construction teams work alongside you to ensure your design is delivered as intended. By bringing all the necessary disciplines together under one roof, Creo delivers better play spaces within shorter time-frames. Best of all, Creo makes the process simple and stress free.
Playspace Design + Build 8. Our Lariss Moyle team Senior Landscape Architect, BLA Reg NZILA Larissa has over 13 years’ experience as a landscape architect, working on a wide range of projects. At Creo she specialises in child-focused outdoor environments, ranging from Early Childhood and School play spaces through to Council parks. She has an interest in creating high-value play areas and an ability to work at all project stages including master planning, concept design, conceptual design, and detail design, tendering and design oversight during construction. Larissa is the mother of two boys and spends a lot of time visiting new play spaces and the outdoors. Craig Jones Ben Witty Senior Project Manager Playspace Consultant Craig has spent 17 years in the civil construction Ben joined Creo in 2018 in the client-facing, Playspace industry, working in the landscaping sector. Consultant, role. Since then, he has helped many Creo customers through the playspace ‘design and build’ journey, He has hands-on and managerial experience in delivering some of New Zealand’s most exciting playground hard and soft landscaping, concrete and paving projects. His favourite aspect of working in this role is construction, and the operation of landscape-based seeing the passion and excitement build in people as their plant, equipment and machinery. playspace comes to life. His management skills are extensive and have been As Ben puts it, “The sheer variety of size, palate, budget, honed over the past decade of project managing large- theme and setting that each playspace requires makes scale projects from ‘concept to completion’. every project special. There is no such thing as a ‘copy Craig has the proven ability to lead site teams, manage and paste’ project, so the challenge to create something the programme, manage subcontractors, forecast distinctive each time is hugely motivating. I love working with project cash flow, and work with local stakeholders. our clients through the design journey and understanding He has a clear understanding of NZS 3910:2003 exactly what their vision is and delivering on it. People have a Conditions of Contract. lot of passion when it comes to creating a playspace, so the whole process is incredibly rewarding.”
Playspace Design + Build 9. Mike Senior Grant Cottle Operations Team Leader Auckland Site Manager Mike has been dreaming up and building play spaces Grant has 20 years experience in construction since he was 5 years old, albeit small projects for management working in a diverse range of industries. himself and his kids. It was only after taking on the Creo He has worked in the playspace construction sector for Operations Team Leader role that he was able to do it a significant number of those years. on a grand scale. Grant brings excellent people skills to the Site Manager In recent years, Mike has been involved in many large role which enables him to comfortably work with projects including Anderson Park in Napier and Royal the various groups and individuals involved in the Reserve in Auckland. construction process. Drawing on his varied experience in building, concrete He has an excellent understanding of site management work, hard and soft landscaping, site management and and has the experience and skills to consistently project management – he has been able to establish achieve high-quality project outcomes. a reputation for well-run job sites and excellent communication. Kelvin Smith Carn Parata Wellington Site Manager South Island Site Manager Kelvin brings 17 years’ worth of experience in the With 10 years’ worth of experience in the construction playground construction industry. His knowledge and industry, Carn Parata knows how to run a job site. Not expertise in this area run wide and deep and include only is he well versed in earthworks, landscaping and skills in site management, play equipment installation, drainage, but he also possesses a creative streak and a surfacing, and base works. love of big challenges. These skills, paired with a natural ability for problem- This mix of talents make Carn the perfect fit for solving, enable Kelvin to quickly resolve issues on-site playground construction where he enjoys the technical and continuously improve through innovation. challenges of creating spaces that are safe, enjoyable and, ultimately, fun. Kelvin has worked on many major playground projects over the years, too many to mention – but Anderson Carn has been involved in the delivery of some large- Park in Napier and Parliamentary Playground in scale projects including, the Dunedin City Council Wellington are two recent highlights. playgrounds revamp and the installation of the Cornwall Park playground in Hastings.
Playspace Design + Build 10. Moving the vision forward You’ve listened to the community. At this stage of the process, Creo can help you take the ideas provided by the community and turn them into a concept design that’s ready for You’ve gathered their ideas. presentation. Working closely with your team, we will develop an achievable playspace concept that You’re heading in the right direction. resonates with your community, makes the most of your available resources, and balances the competing demands on the space. What comes next? As your playspace design takes shape, you’ll feel the excitement and momentum build as you begin to see and share the vision.
Playspace Design + Build 11. Planning You’ve got your concept. for You know what you are going to build. success But how will you make it? This is where our construction detail team can help. With their extensive experience in detailed design, cost forecasting, and project programming, they will translate your concept into a set of detailed plans that are ready for the tender process. If required, Creo can help you select appropriate play equipment and materials and make detailed costings to ensure the overall project is kept within budget. Finally, Creo can provide design implementation oversight where required to ensure all aspects of your build are compliant with local and national standards and meet the standards set in the design phase.
12. Caring for the environment
Playspace Design + Build When selecting materials, we Our rubber safety surfacing products are made from renewable or recycled materials. The rubber is recycled 13. look for products that are fit from waste vehicle tyres using a clean and efficient recycling process in New Zealand, Europe or Canada. for purpose to ensure they Our dedication to reducing, recycling and reusing don’t need replacing a few ensures we minimise wastage as we maximize play years later. We look to include spaces. This is a company-wide mindset – our work is about creating smart, sustainable playspaces with the permeable surfaces as smallest footprint possible. much as possible and slope When selecting products, we also look at their longevity, areas to drain into gardens as the longer the product lasts, the better it is for the environment. We also factor in what happens to an item where practical. As well as at the end of its life; can it be reused, re-purposed or recovered? this, we are committed to We try to avoid staining, painting, and powder coating to environmentally friendly eliminate the need for touch ups and recoating as they products and sustainable chip and wear over time. We select appropriate grasses and plantings that won’t need excessive watering and manufacturing processes. maintenance.
14. Safety matters
Playspace Design + Build 15. At Creo, we’re constantly looking at ways to improve our health and safety performance. One of the ways we achieve this is through our partnership with SiteWise. As a SiteWise Green Partner we have demonstrated our ability to maintain quality health and safety systems and processes. We are committed to onsite safety and, as such, we know the importance of thorough staff training in this area. All our installation staff hold Site Safe Passports and our site supervisors hold Site Safe Supervisor Passports and first aid certificates. In addition to our commitment to health and safety training and processes, we believe in the importance of looking after the well-being of our team. We seek to support our staff with the provision of assistance and training through EAP Services.
Playspace Design + Build 16. Going from plan to reality Enough planning. It’s time to build. At Creo, we have a team of project managers, site managers and installers with years of building, construction, and landscaping experience behind them. It’s this experience that enables us to consistently finish projects on-time and as intended. The quality of your playspace is determined by the abilities of the installation team. Our site managers and installers are masters of their craft and specialists in playspace construction. Maybe more importantly, they are passionate about their work and take great pride in delivering exceptional playspaces. Throughout the build, our landscape architects are on hand to provide implementation oversight, ensuring that what goes in the ground is the same as what’s on the plan.
18. “ The designer made the playground flow and look fantastic and the project manager took the stress off our organisation. We had to change a few plans during installation and Creo dealt really well with these changes. The communication was great - very organised and efficient. Amanda Reid - Greater Green Island Community Network
40 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga, Auckland 1061 email@example.com 0800 000 334 No matter where you are in New Zealand, Creo can work with you. Our Designers can meet you on site and our local site managers provide nationwide coverage. creospace.co.nz
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