We sat down with Claire Kelly from Little Fish Property Developments to get an insight into what it’s like running a townhouse development project.
WELCOME TO SEASON 4 | EPISODE 45
A DevelopHer Tale
With Claire Kelly from Little Fish Property Developments
LESSONS FROM A PROJECT MANAGER
Little Fish is a Melbourne-based full-service residential property development company, specialising in client-side project management. Claire works as a project manager for Little Fish Property Developments, taking the projects from the planning stage through to the end delivery and handing the project over for sale.
IN THIS PODCAST WE ARE TALKING ABOUT
Claire shares what it looks like to develop a client professional relationship that culminates in a great outcome with excellent profits. She highlights that being across the full lifecycle of a project, from site acquisition to sale makes an enormous difference in ensuring a successful development.
The most important skill Claire has learned as a project manager is the ability to bring the experts together to find a solution. Ensuring transparency is also key, and Claire explains how Little Fish’s back-end project management portal helps keep both clients and her team across all aspects of the project.
In our conversation, Claire also reveals what she loves about commercial construction as well as her favourite parts of project management (not least, finalising cost sheets and seeing a positive return).
A lot of Little Fish’s work focuses on dual lot developments. We chat about the reason for this and how understanding the market and what people are looking for is key.
Claire outlines how to assess a site – from working out what can fit to determining what’s appropriate for the market in that particular area. Little Fish’s focus is quality over quantity, which is really clear when you look at their project outcomes.
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