Scoping and managing projects

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We believe that research has to be tested in the real world.  Demonstration projects provide a proof of concept that gives weight and credibility to results.  And adding in robust assessment and analysis provides learnings for future projects.

We also believe that projects benefit from collaboration between a wide range of partners sharing resources, knowledge and skills.

Beacon has extensive experience in scoping and running collaborative projects, both demonstration and for clients.

We can help you to bring partners on board, using our sector-wide network, and to facilitate the partnerships throughout the project.

We can scope the project, defining work programmes and securing budgets (contract, donations, sponsorship).

We can manage demonstration projects, working within partnership frameworks, engaging contractors, managing timelines and budgets.

We can provide monitoring of the project, analysing and reporting on what went well and what didn’t.


Case study: Breathe design competition

Beacon worked with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Christchurch City Council to get an exemplar medium density, inner city housing showcase up and going in Christchurch.  We scoped out a structure which included a two step design competition, the winner of which would then be constructed in the CBD.

Beacon then provided support for the design competition phase, and followed this by compiling learnings from the competition into a tool kit for future competitions.


Case study: New Category of Home project

Beacon member New Zealand Steel had an idea for a new category of home: one which combined the benefits of off-site construction with high performance.  Beacon facilitated the collaboration that developed this concept into a building system, tested it, and trialled it in real homes. 

Working with New Zealand Steel, Resene, InsulPro, Frametek-RFS and Fletcher Aluminium, Beacon has managed the off-site and on-site construction of two demonstration homes (HIVE High Performance House and the Hobsonville duplex) and the monitoring and assessment of the performance of each home.

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Breathe winning design

Breathe winning design

Hobsonville duplex

New Category of Home: Hobsonville duplex

HIVE High Performance House

New Category of Home: HIVE High Performance House


Here’s what our clients say:

“Beacon’s genuine interest and respect shown throughout every aspect of our project was of upmost importance for us to continue working together. The personal commitment demonstrated from Beacon staff towards supporting our project was hugely appreciated.“

“I find working with Beacon brings a real sparking of ideas. It’s stimulating and that experience has led to further connections and projects for Beacon in our organisation.“