Any enduring urban development of this kind, that successfully meets the needs of its constituents, is invariably a result of collaboration with honesty, integrity, transparency and trust, creating strong partnerships. Complex projects such as ours are especially dependent on building partnerships on many levels.
First and foremost, our communities are our primary partnership. We need to understand their needs and motivations and to seek their cooperation and commitment to our common values and principles. Whilst this is an informal partnership, our design brief and information gathering process depends very much on the quality of engagement and feedback from our end-users. We could unilaterally imagine and provide a solution we think will suit them, however that will never be as good an outcome as fully vested clients, who recognise the benefits of providing input, to assist in the development of a customised solution suited to their way of life and culture.
Our secondary (more formal) partnerships are with the various parties on whom we will depend for the effectiveness of our projects – our manufacturers who share a commitment to the quality of our products, shipping agents for the safety and care of the modules in transit, local officials and government authorities, for Planning, Building and other statutory approvals, for customs clearing support and for general support of our projects.
Regular communication and contact presents all parties with opportunities for enquiry and contribution; continual assessment will allow all parties to identify and resolve any barriers to the success of our partnerships, that might affect the project.