Powerhouse Group turns sketches into commercial real estate solutions

Building beautiful and functional offices from scratch

The blank sheet of paper terrifies a lot of people. Especially when they find themselves hip deep in a new office design and construction project and up to their eyes in uncertainty.

Deadlines, budgets, samples, locations, designs, tradespeople, permits – these words and more are the stuff headaches are made of but to us it’s sweet, sweet music to our ears. We are Powerhouse Group and for more than 25 years we have chosen to make our mark on buildings and businesses around the country, creating workplaces that work. They are beautiful, occasionally quite stunning, a study in balance of form and function and always the culmination of our genuine love of our talented team’s best work.

And one more thing: confidence!

Confidence that no matter how complex or straightforward, expansive or compact the project, it will be a successful, logical and yes, fun progression from opening chat to stunning finish.

No matter what stage of conception you’re at or what project-related services you require we are your one-stop solution. So, let us take that blank sheet of paper and why don’t we start from the beginning with a brief chat.

We are Powerhouse Group and we are excited about building something special with your business.

Meet the team that meets your brief

The Chosen few that chose to excel at Powerhouse Group

The first thing you need to know is that Powerhouse Group is different because we are all a bit different. We proudly wear our quirks on our sleeve and encourage you to do the same.

We love honesty because honesty is the ultimate shortcut to the truth which gives everyone a clear view of project parameters, wish lists, challenges and opportunities. We’re interested in all of that, it makes it a whole lot easier to get what we want and that is to work on wonderful projects with great people (that’s the secret to 25 years at the top of our game). Here’s what else you should know about your Powerhouse Group partners:

driving your projects and keeping everything on track

“I love what I do because as a team, we’ve been achieving great things for our clients for over 25 years and we’re able to do it in a fun, appealing, open and honest way. That’s love isn’t it?”

Chris Deering Managing Director, optimistic realist, vigorous hand-shaker, 1,000+ impressive projects. Tick. Leading from the front, getting in the middle of the action and being there at the finish line is the real definition of hands-on. It also characterises Chris’ approach to building the Powerhouse Group business as well inspired functional workspaces for enterprises with a similar appetite for achievement.

Getting the most out of Chris: Challenges are there to be met head-on which can only be done successfully with an open, honest, “cards on the table approach.” Chris gives as good as he gets and in so doing gets results. As much as he believes that inspiration and innovation are the perfect match, lasting relationships with delighted customers is the real pay-off.

Where to find Chris: You won’t have to look far, he’ll be there with bells on at your initial brief, on site meetings with key updates and at the handover with hugs and high fives. Between times you might catch him riding motorcycles through backroads or on the track – although he might argue that he can’t be caught on the track.

A measured approach and a healthy outlook for your projects

“Nothing keeps you on course more reliably than a robust set of values and a strong vision to keep your team anchored to its goals. The investment in rules that establish an unwavering direction are never greater than the costs incurred by sub-par planning.” Rosemary de Lambert, General Manager, realistic optimist, thoughtful course corrector - process, planning, project delivery

Creative solutions and delightful designs are key to the outcomes you’re looking for but that needs to be balanced against cost control, sound governance and administrative excellence. Rosemary brings over 20 years of return on investment specialisation to Powerhouse Group direct from one of the major financial institutions. With post-graduate qualifications and experience in business planning, risk management and operations, Rosemary drives an awareness and understanding of the numbers that counts.

Getting the most out of Rosemary: Perspective and experience are key catalysts for large scale project momentum. With Rosemary’s deep understanding of process imperatives, governance, protocols and financial stewardship, our Powerhouse team is particularly well-equipped to guide procedural planning and execution.

Where to find Rosemary: Wherever cost control meets return on investment (the financial fulcrum), that’s where you’ll find Rosemary lending sound process and a healthy perspective on risk mitigation inside and outside our group. And with health and fitness always high on the agenda, expect to see Rosemary running the numbers, running the head office and simply running.

Drawing on experience to lead a powerhouse team of talented designers

“Designs need to do more than simply stand there looking amazing. Experience tells us the best of the best actually roll up their sleeves and help make your work easier, it must be functional and actually contribute to your bottom line in some way.” Mark Perry Design Director, demanding more from designs, balancing creativity with functionality

In the midst of swirling ideas, concepts, requirements, opportunities and challenges it take a level-headed approach to cut through confusion and calmly present clear solutions. “Of course”, is the phrase most often heard when Mark’s trademark hand drawn solutions provide instant clarity and purpose for both his team and you, the client.

Getting the most from Mark: Lay it all out on the table. Talk about your company, what it does what you want it to do and how. Mark is a master at connecting the dots with lines that quietly scream innovation. They somehow draw together ideas that ultimately solve problems and create opportunities to create motivating and inspiring environments in which to do great work.

Where to find Mark: Ultimately, you’ll find Mark at the finish line, that’s where he likes to start. Essentially, our experienced architect and interior designer, is adept at identifying and designing concepts that put an end to ordinary workplaces. A huge fan of “Dad jokes” courtesy of calmly raising two girls, you’ll also find him frantically closing office windows exclaiming, “there’s a draft in here…” …um…!

Piecing everything together from pricing to construction

“Budget and completion. Depending on your role in the project, these two words are never far from your thoughts. Estimates, pricing and onsite construction are my areas of expertise which means I’m invested in your future workspace from start to finish.” Shane Deering, Project Director on spend, onsite, on budget, on time

Now it’s real and we’re ready to go. When Shane gets involved, some major decisions have already been made within your project and there are more to come. But you are in excellent hands because estimating, pricing, procurement and construction have been in his blood and on his highly regarded resume for over 25 years.

Getting the most from Shane: Knowing exactly where you are with budgets and progress against agreed timelines is worth its weight in gold. With all the right qualifications in management (people and processes), electronics and quality systems, Shane is your best source of confidence and peace of mind. He knows everything, so ask him anything.

Where to find Shane: Onsite driving a variety of projects across a range of business sectors sourcing the best possible trades and services available. Otherwise, you might catch a glimpse of him whizzing past the Pyrenees trailing the Tour de France on a racing bike - a true fan of getting to the finish line quickly, efficiently and with smiles all round.

How do we measure up? It’s hard to see the wood for the trees and that is particularly so in our industry. Certainly, there are quite a number of office-outfitters, architects, project managers and interior designers around but as a group, it’s fair to say that not many have been around since the early 90s. That’s when the Powerhouse Group founder first offered an end-to-end workspace design and construct service to those looking to work with good people and reap wonderful results in the form of beautiful, functional offices.

A lot has changed in over 25 years and as we’ve grown and expanded our capabilities, there remains one constant and that’s our mission to re-energise and delight you and your business with what our team can create for you. And then there’s our big deliverable which is to provide and then reward your confidence and faith in our ability to help you enjoy this journey – creating a home for your workplace.

We are genuinely looking forward working with you.

The team at Powerhouse Group.