Uncategorized By Jason Duop / 27 October 2014 Consulting Engineers firm Kirk Roberts has outgrown it’s old premises due to a large increase in demand. This demand increase has seen the consultancy have expanded into a larger Tauranga building and open up an Auckland office.“The firm was started in Christchurch seven years ago, with director Damian McMillan opening the Tauranga office six months later. The firm now has 55 staff nationally, including 14 in Tauranga, and was recently named a finalist in the Building and Construction category of the 2014 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards.“We knew we didn’t want growth at the expense of our existing service delivery and investment in local clients and local projects,” said Mr McMillan.“At the same we knew that scaling up was a prerequisite to some of the larger innovative projects that we have become known for. On that basis, opening an Auckland office was essential. It’s all about diversification in terms of markets and protecting yourself by looking after your national clients.”Michael Newcombe has been recruited as general manager for the Auckland office, and was a good fit for the firm, said Mr McMillan.“He grew up in Te Puke and if anything his appointment serves to strengthen our ties with the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.”Dr Newcombe said the firm had an aggressive growth plan and hoped to build the Auckland office from five to 20 staff within two years.“We see definite opportunities in the Auckland market with what we can bring to the table,” he said. “We’re going to focus on those areas and build on existing relationships that the team in Tauranga has developed.”Dr Newcombe is a specialist in multi-storey timber design.”Curated from the NZ Herald.