In October 2014, Spiire celebrates 30 years of Inspiring People and Places.
30 years is a significant achievement and provides a great opportunity to reflect.
The journey hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but Spiire is now a strong independent business, oozing optimism, knowledge and a desire to exceed client and industry expectations.
We have a team of brilliant and passionate professionals partnering with our clients to create innovative and enduring solutions through a broad range of services including Engineering, Surveying, Landscape Architecture and Planning.
Spiire is now proudly owned and managed by Mark Breuer, Stephen Nolan and Michael Lewis following a management buyout from previous owner Downer Ltd in 2013.
By repositioning the business with a focus on its core competencies, client relationships and quality project deliverables, the Spiire business and people are motivated, agile and making a difference.
Our History Narrative
D J Coomes & Associates was established in 1984 as an engineering consulting practice and the key value driver was delivering "knowledge, creativity, & performance" to client's projects. Within a short time the business established a solid project portfolio in Land Development, operating out of its South Melbourne office.
In November 1988, professional engineers, Philip Durston and George Petsinis became partners and the company was renamed D J Coomes & Partners.
Over the next decade, through a series of successful acquisitions the business was complemented with the addition of surveying and planning services - Mahon and Mahon Surveyors, and Rob Milner Planning. Additional engineering capacity was added with the acquisition of Johnson Leitch Engineers. The evolving business became known as Coomes Consulting Group.
In May 2000, Coomes Consulting opened the first of its Victorian Regional offices in Shepparton, the first stage of Coomes’ regional business strategy, providing integrated services throughout Greater Shepparton and North Eastern Victoria. Having worked closely with Findlay Consulting Group, Coomes acquired the rural and agricultural consulting firm in December 2000, adding Agribusiness to the service offering.
The combination of acquisition activity and organic growth won Coomes Consulting Group recognition in the Business Review Weekly’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies for four consecutive years from 1999 – 2002. The industry excellence awards and recognition has continued over the years for engineering, surveying, planning, landscape architecture and urban design through relevant professional affiliations including UDIA, ACSV, AWA, ALDE, SIAA, PIA, VPELA and AILA.
Between 2000 and 2005, Coomes Consulting continued to grow organically and made special investments in key service areas – Sustainability and Environment, Construction and the continued development of the growing Planning, Landscape and Urban Design business units.
In July 2004 the second regional office was opened in Wodonga, servicing the Murray River region, and soon after, an office in Geelong.
By 2005, Douglas Coomes had expanded the business to a multi disciplinary practice with 12 principals and 150 staff. The vision was to become a national business champion, a goal realised in November 2005, when Coomes Consulting became a wholly owned subsidiary of one of Australia’s top-100 companies, Downer EDI Limited.
The business continued to grow from strategic acquisitions and high quality recruitment. In June 2006 Coomes acquired Singleton Bahen Stansfield adding capacity to the Surveying and Engineering units and establishing a presence in the Bendigo region.
John Piper Traffic joined the Coomes family in July 2007 adding Traffic and Transport capability and additional opportunities to the broadening discipline base.
Douglas Gow and Associates, a locally well-known surveying company in Albury joined with Coomes in April 2008 expanding the surveying capability in the region and providing a strong base to offer key services.
The Australian branch of New Zealand structural engineering company, AC Consulting, joined Coomes in October 2008 further diversifying engineering capabilities.
2009 marked the anniversary of Coomes Consulting Group's 25th year of operation. The Group had consolidated to a multi disciplined team of over 300 people, and offices in Melbourne, Shepparton, Geelong, Bendigo and Albury/Wodonga, with consulting services including engineering, surveying, traffic and transport, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, agribusiness, sustainability and environment and project management.
During the 25 year journey, the integrated services model has assisted with the innovative design of land development and other noteworthy projects. Projects include Roxburgh Park Estate, Cairnlea Estate, Innisfail Estate, Montpellier Gardens, Melbourne Docklands, Hayston Valley Estate, Westgate Bridge Memorial Park, Royal Botanic Gardens Shepparton, Goulburn Valley Freight Logistics Centre, Sanctuary Lakes Resort, Aurora Estate, Eynesbury Development, Queen Victoria Market Rainwater Harvesting, and the Victorian College of the Arts St Kilda Road Frontage.
In February 2009, Coomes Consulting Group merged operations with sister group, Duffill Watts, NZ and shortly after, rebranded to CPG. Uniting with CPG Consultants, a leading Singapore based infrastructure, building development and management services provider, offering our clients a stronger consulting partnership with access to an international network of over 3,500 professionals in the Urban Development, Water, Transport, Resources, Energy, Buildings and Agribusiness sectors.
The business and its people remained focused toward converting "knowledge into value" for clients and strengthening the combined Consulting group for Downer EDI.
In 2011, Downer EDI sold the Singaporean based CPG Consultants including all rights to the CPG name, providing the legal requirement for the Australian and New Zealand business to rename.
In October 2012, Spiire was introduced to the market as our new identity; the name and brand was the result of significant staff consultation as well as a staff popularity vote for final name chosen.
With a new name and identity the business returned to its core service offerings of Engineering, Surveying, Landscape Architecture and Planning with a focussed mantra:
“Making a greater investment in understanding the factors driving our clients’ market to offer a more critical market insight perspective than any other.”
In July 2013, the Australian business of Spiire was purchased from Downer EDI by a consortium of senior management. Since this time Spiire has gone from strength-to-strength, winning significant industry achievements for projects and it’s people.
In 2014, Spiire celebrates 30 years of Innovation in Infrastructure.
Inspiiring People and Places
To provide an inspiring environment for our staff to grow; accomplish client objectives; better the communities we work within; and deliver value to all stakeholders.
Spiire is a new business with a strong history; an integrated consultancy that has delivered clever and practical infrastructure solutions across Australia for over 30 years. Spiire is the product of the amalgamated businesses of Coomes Consulting Group, formerly known as CPG Australia.
Spiire will become known as a passionate, knowledgeable consulting team, delivering responsible infrastructure projects and encouraging excellence for a successful future.
We see infrastructure as so much more than roads and drains; it is the foundation to the project plan, the strategy underpinning the deliverable. It is the core to the solution. We trust you will come to know Spiire as Inspiring People and Places - the foundation stone of project excellence.
Our Recent Project Success
SIAV Award for Excellence in Policy or Education, Mornington Peninsula Shire WSUD Gap Analysis Toolkit, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, SIAV 2014
Merit Award for Excellence in Infrastructure, Charles Mutton Reserve Stormwater Harvesting Scheme, Moreland City Council, SIAV 2014
International Property Awards, Asia Pacific Award - Mixed Use Development Featherbrook Estate, Central Equity, IPA, 2014
UDIA Award for Excellence, Residential Development of more than 250 Lots Mitchells Run Estate, Dacland, UDIA 2013
AMI Award for Marketing Excellence, Internal Marketing, Rebuilding through Rebranding: Transitioning to Spiire, AMI 2013
Merit Award for Excellence in Infrastructure, Integrated Water Cycle Management at Brimbank City Council Operations Centre, Brimbank City Council, SIAV 2013
UDIA Award for Excellence Residential Development of less than 250 Lots Sefton Grange Estate, Central Equity, UDIA 2012
Merit Award for Excellence in Strategic or Master Planning Glenferrie Oval, Grace Park & LE Bray Reserve Water Management Plan, City of Boroondara, SIAV 2012
Awards for Excellence Certificate of Recognition Sustainability Initiative Macedon Ranges Settlement Strategy Macedon Ranges Shire Council, LGP 2012
UDIA Award for Excellence Residential Development of more than 250 Lots Arndell Estate, Devine Communities, UDIA 2011