How do we help clients make the right decisions when planning a property development?

RCG create buildings and environments for the commercial property sector. We spoke with John Polkinghorne about the research data they use as part of their design process.

What our organisation does

We’re a team of architects, designers, property professionals, and researchers, and we create commercially successful environments. Our clients include some of New Zealand’s largest property investors and retail groups.

Our data needs

We need data on anything that’s likely to affect consumer behaviour, or the outlook for commercial property.

What data we use 

I regularly use a range of Statistics NZ data, including:

Why we use Statistics NZ data

Statistics NZ provides reliable, timely data on all sorts of topics. By making sure I’ve got a thorough understanding of the data, I’m in a much better position to advise clients. I give clients the ‘hard’ quantitative information they’re looking for, which helps remove the guesswork from making business decisions.

How we access data

I download spreadsheets from the Statistics NZ website, and mould the data into the categories I need – this often involves grouping data at the area unit level into ‘catchments’, or highlighting key socio-economic indicators. I then map the data using GIS software, to create visualisations that help our clients understand their business drivers.

Example of how we use data

RCG’s free research publication, Constructive Thinking, makes heavy use of Statistics NZ data. As one example, our latest issue includes an interactive map showing which parts of Auckland have a large number of baby boomers, and we also look at tourism and income data.

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    Page published 25 September 2015

John Polkinghorne

Image, John Polkinghorne.

I use Statistics NZ data to give clients the 'hard' quantitative information they’re looking for – which helps remove the guesswork from making business decisions.

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