Piritahi's new Head of Pre-Construction is ready to hit the ground running

Piritahi’s new Head of Pre-Construction, Andrea Hamilton has been walking the construction path her entire career and now she joins an increasing tide of outstanding women changing the senior profile of the sector.

“There are relatively very few females in chunky construction-related roles. However, I look forward to the day when it’s not news that a woman is appointed into a senior leadership role in this sector. That said, I am super proud. I feel truly privileged to be a key player in the largest residential redevelopment programme in New Zealand’s history”, says Andrea.

“The scope of Piritahi’s programme of works is massive! It involves around $1B in land development and infrastructure works over five years, for Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities. Getting this right means we can deliver more land, more efficiently, which means more affordable homes can be built in Auckland as the city feels the pressure of the housing crisis”.

Pre-Construction, the team Andrea leads, is a huge piece of that puzzle. It essentially includes the planning, design and estimating phases of the project lifecycle. It’s a complex role and Andrea is certainly up for the challenge.

“It’s well known that getting the pre-construction phase right is one of the biggest determinates of programme success. There are so many aspects to be lined up and agreed such as scope, design, cost, and permissions (to name a few!) so that our construction teams can then get on with focusing on what they do best."

The Pre-Construction phase is key to ensuring the success of our large scale projects.

“Andrea has considerable experience with large scale residential redevelopment programmes and I’m really looking forward to her methodical and focused approach.” – Mat Tucker, Piritahi Alliance General Manager.

Andrea’s impressive 25-year long career includes strategic planning, commercial and cost management, and delivering complex programmes of work as well as leading operational service delivery teams across four continents.

“It’s second nature for women to multi-task, and we have a canny ability to decompartmentalise – so we make great project leaders!” says Andrea.