Arts & Culture

With a vast range of in-depth experience in the Arts, our people have helped make vital improvements to venue efficiencies, back-of-house logistics and planning, and the overall audience experience.

Our capability extends across the entire project lifecycle from strategy, through to delivery and operational asset – supporting cultural institutions, artists, performers and asset owners to realise their objectives and foster vibrant creative communities.

We understand that the Arts sector requires innovative and compelling solutions to acquire capital, and that maximum value needs to be leveraged from the project investment. Our expertise has helped clients achieve short-term and long-term goals by applying new models for procurement and asset acquisition for some of Australia’s most iconic projects in the Arts.

Image Credits:

Photography by Peter Glenane, courtesy of Development Victoria

Key Services
  • Project Definition
  • Development Feasibility and Agreements
  • Deal Structuring
  • Business Case and Funding Submissions
  • Development Consents, Planning Approvals
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Risk Management
  • Design Management
  • Procurement
  • Project Management and Superintendent
  • Contract Management
  • Project Assurance
  • Building Fitout Management

Fiona Larkin

Executive Director, Fiona Larkin is an experienced project manager and advisory services director who takes a hands-on approach to successfully deliver projects.

With more than 20 years’ industry experience Fiona specialises in high profile, complex civil, cultural and education projects. She has extensive project management experience, from early feasibility to design management, through to procurement and delivery. This expertise has allowed Fiona to successfully deliver a number of key social infrastructure projects.

Coupled with her clarity and excellent communication skills, Fiona’s credentials in stakeholder management within State and Commonwealth Government agencies provides clients a focused approach that important projects deserve.

Martin Coates

Partner, Martin Coates has extensive experience gained in leadership roles across government departments, major consulting businesses and private sector development and construction.

His knowledge spans numerous sectors, including social infrastructure and he has worked on projects required to adopt various delivery methods, including PPPs, alliancing, D&C, managing contractor and construction management.

Martin is experienced in aligning delivery strategies, commercial structures and design responses to the specific needs and objectives of clients while maintaining a key focus on market capacity, capability and constraints.

Martin has the ability to positively influence and motivate people to build productive, high performing project and organisation teams that benefit every stakeholder he works with.

John Wiles

Director, John Wiles, is an industry specialist who leads our processes, ensuring continuous improvement across service delivery, client relationships and personnel performance. With a strong background in formulating and delivering major development projects, John is often sought out by clients to carry out peer reviews and provide strategic advice.

As the former Director Project Management at Development Victoria, John has been involved in many of Melbourne’s iconic construction projects. He is widely recognised as an expert in the delivery of complex building projects, predominately within the health sector, and has extensive experience in the establishment of risk management and interface management processes.

John’s extensive career experience, sound stakeholder management and ability to create a collaborative team culture provides surety and delivers outstanding results for clients.