Conducting the moving parts of property development

Like a musical conductor, experienced property development managers Logan Taylor and Marcus Hill make many moving parts be in harmony to ensure development opportunities are maximised. Logan and Marcus have teamed up to launch Orchestra Property specialising in development management, project management and commercial property management.

“We are managing on behalf of developers a significant investment that in some cases can take many years to be realised. “We are conductors and we bring together the many parts of completing a successful residential, industrial or commercial development project for our clients.

“We put our arms around every part of the project, the developer and property owner, the wide range of expert consultants that form part of the team as well as having solid connections within local authorities,” says Logan.

Both Marcus and Logan have strong track records in development management and property developments prior to joining forces. Orchestra has already aligned with private developers, property fund managers, family trusts, iwi, post settlement governance entities and Māori trusts. Logan’s involvement in his family property development business inspired career moves to both Auckland and Wellington, where he moved into the development consultancy space, before moving home to start his own consultancy.

He’s cultivated a diverse skillset in commercial, industrial, residential and land development services for clients across the public, private and Māori sectors. Marcus’ background has also been in property including post-university study and work experience in Europe. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is a licensed REAA agent. Before setting up his own consultancy he was general manager for a large HB property development company.

He’s also a licensed agent under the REAA and has been general manager for a large Hawke’s Bay property development company before setting up his own consulting business.

“We understand that every project is unique. Orchestra Property is committed to eliminating stress from the development lifecycle through sound advice, risk mitigation and a hands-on approach to client management and delivery.

Orchestra Property also offers commercial property management services and manages a multi-million commercial precinct in Joll Road, Havelock North, which has a wide mix of retail, hospitality and commercial tenants across two stages. Stage 3 of the complex is set to get underway soon.

“We take the hassle out of property ownership and our service includes all the tasks and responsibilities required to protect the investors income stream and optimise the value of the investment. Marcus says he and Logan have developed strong working relationships supporting Maori Post Settlement Governence Entities from Hawke’s Bay to as far north as Thames as they look to maximise their land holdings for the betterment of their people.

“Māori have different drivers in what they regard as a successful development, which is something that we have embraced. They’re not focussed only on profitability, they are also invested in ensuring whanau have a quality home in a subdivision that is also focussed on social and community outcomes.

“That’s not to say there’s not a close eye on the financial viability, that’s the role we play to ensure that the development is delivered to expectations. “We also attempt to break down red tape when it comes to streamlining a land or building consent and that’s where our strong relationships within councils plays a key role. We make sure that it’s as seamless a process as possible. Marcus has been instrumental in the success of a large scale development with Tamatea Pokai Whenua (the post settlement governance entity for Heretaunga Tamatea) on the eastern edge of Flaxmere that has been granted consent through the Government’s Covid fast track consenting process.


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