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 a highly experienced project management and advisory services director who takes a hands-on approach to projects – providing strategic and technical advice across all aspects of the project life cycle. With 20 years’ industry experience, Fiona specialises in high profile and complex civic, cultural and education projects.

Fiona has extensive project management experience, from early feasibility to design management, through to procurement and delivery. This wide-spanning expertise has allowed Fiona to undertake a number of key social infrastructure projects.

Fiona’s professional versatility is apparent in every engagement. Coupled with her clarity and excellent communication skills, Fiona’s experience in stakeholder management within state and Commonwealth Government agencies gives clients the focus that important projects deserve.

Martin Coates

Managing Partner, Martin Coates, is an experienced big picture thinker with a broad perspective garnered from leadership positions across government departments, major consulting businesses and private sector development and construction businesses. With his has a unique ability to analyse issues, risks and opportunities for clients, Martin is regularly called upon to undertake strategic reviews at critical project milestones.

Martin brings extensive experience in establishing commercial principles and contract risk allocations tailored to specific project and market settings. His knowledge spans multiple sectors, including various forms of social infrastructure, and has worked on projects adopting various delivery methods, including PPP, Alliancing, D&C, Managing Contractor and Construction Management.

Martin’s ability to positively influence people and motivation to build productive and high performing project and organisational teams benefits every stakeholder he works with – always with a steady hand and unflappable nature in high pressure major project environments.

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.