Colliers Corporate Solutions named Facilities Management Team of the Year

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Colliers International’s Corporate Solutions team has been named Facilities Management Team of the Year at the RICS Awards New Zealand 2020 for their innovative and sustainable work with a large corporate client.

Corporate Solutions was instrumental in the client’s corporate property strategy in Wellington following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, which took out a number of sites. Led by Stephen Holmes, the project involved relocating over 850 staff to new premises in Wellington.

Seeing an opportunity to enhance the client’s position, Colliers experts then rolled out innovative, sustainable solutions to ensure that the client has a best-in-market workspace. This has repositioned the client and allowed them to attract and retain staff in the highly competitive Wellington market. 

The RICS Awards judges commented: “This highly professional team have shown evidence by the endorsements received by their client that they are an innovative and effective team, achieving successful outcomes. They have an impressive focus on sustainability and the wider issues around facilities management.”

Don Smith, National Director of Corporate Solutions at Colliers, says he’s proud to see his team’s efforts recognised.

“The RICS Awards are in the top echelon of property awards and to be recognised by our peers is a great honour, which is a testament to the hard work of the whole team in providing the service we do to all of our clients.

Will Biss, Corporate Solutions Director at Colliers, says the award follows the team’s focus on lifting the bar in the field of facilities management.

“We identified facilities management as an area in which there was an opportunity to take the offering to another level, and we made a strategic decision to invest in the area of workplace and facilities management.

“To now be recognised as the leading FM business in New Zealand gives us a feeling of vindication and we are looking forward to continuing to build on this result.”

Holmes says the project was a personal career highlight.

“Working as part of a nine-strong nationwide team, we have been able to provide innovative and sustainable solutions for our client’s relocation and ongoing facilities management needs.

“It’s a real thrill to work with a team where all members have a work ethic that is second to none and are prepared to go the extra mile to provide a proactive approach in all aspects of the service we provide.”

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Its awards are held in major cities around the world every year.


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Stephen Holmes

Corporate Solutions

Wellington (Corporate Solutions)

I have over 20 years’ experience in the property industry, with 18 years spent in the Real Estate sector in the UK and currently 3 years in the Workplace & Facilities Management sector in New Zealand.

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Don Smith

National Director

Wellington (Corporate Solutions)

My career has focussed on the the field of Corporate Real Estate / Occupier Services.  Prior to my current Role as the New Zealand National Director of Corporate Services, I worked for DTZ as the National Director of Property Services, and proir to that I held roles at JLL, AMP and the Ministry of Health.

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Will Biss

Director

Auckland CBD

As Director of Colliers Corporate Solutions in Auckland, Will leads a team of property professionals to manage large property portfolios across New Zealand. 

Will’s extensive experience stems from more than a decade in the property sector providing a wide range of property services across all property types. This experience has equipped him with a deep understanding of the industry and market forces. 

Wills team specialises in:

• Portfolio planning and strategy 
• Mass portfolio management
• Site acquisition and disposal
• Lease negotiation
• Asset & facilities management
• Workplace management
• Financial reporting for property capex and opex

In addition to his technical role, Wills role has a strong focus towards business development, specifically, growing the Auckland Corporate Solutions business. 

Since Will taking on a business development role for Corporate Solutions in 2014, the business unit has seen significant growth with the Auckland team growing from 4 to 14 property professionals, taking the total number of Corporate Solutions staff nationwide to 50. This growth has resulted in Corporate Solutions being the fastest growing business unit within Colliers since its inception in 2009 and has been recognised by the leading industry bodies with notable awards in recent years for:

• 2018 – PINZ Property Business of the Year
• 2018 – RICS Asset Management Team of the Tear
• 2017 – PINZ Innovation Award
• 2016 – RICS Property and Facilities Management Team of the Year

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