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PO Box 2541 • Cape Town • 8000
m. +27 82 449 7470 • f. +27 86 2608649
DVPM is a goal-orientated project management team which integrates all services relating to the built environment, from concept through to completion. We work closely with the client to ensure expectations are managed and strategic objectives are met. Our role is to streamline operations and be a single point of contact for all projects stakeholders. DVPM was established in 2001.


Peter Richards (PM.PMSA; Pr. CPM; Pr.CM)
Managing Director
Peter is highly experienced in both project and construction management, and has fulfilled a leading management role in major residential, retail, industrial and commercial developments. He also has extensive experience in property refurbishments and tenant installations. 
He holds a MSc. degree in Project Management. Peter is widely used as an expert consultant in matters of building contract disputes, professional indemnity insurance claims and in the formulation and adjudication of delay, disruption and acceleration claims.
Anthony Cocks (Dip QS)
Contracts Director & Senior Planner
Anthony has been affiliated to the construction industry since 1968 and is a qualified quantity surveyor. He worked as a director for a large construction company from 1973 to 1977 and then started his own construction and development company in 1978 focusing on up market houses, medium commercial projects and residential developments. Identifying the need for effective management in the industry Anthony pursued project and construction management from 1986 and successfully completed a number of landmark projects in the Western Cape in this role.

Anthony is the projects director for DVPM and takes specific responsibility for project planning and logistics for the company.
Christo Smit (BSc Building Management)
Christo has more that thirty years experience in the construction industry. The range of projects which he has managed in the public sector includes low cost housing, administration blocks and specialist laboratories. As director and share holder of major construction companies in Gauteng and the Western Cape, he has managed the construction of shopping malls, office blocks, hotels and luxury housing. Landmark projects include the Cullinan Inn Hotel on the Foreshore and, more recently for DVPM, the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town CBD.

Christo has been a keen athlete all his life having been awarded Boland Colours for Rugby and Western Province colours for Athletics. More recent sporting achievements include Western Province Canoeing (2006 and 2007) Surfski – Silver medal in SA Championships (2008


Andre Nieuwstadtt (B. Tech Elec Eng)
Andre is a practicing Systems Architect of more than 20years experience. By applying the principles of value engineering, he provides technical oversight to ensure that all building systems meet the performance requirements required by the property investor. He ensures that value is obtained for the expense incurred. His expertise includes:
  • Building acoustics
  • HVAC integration
  • Conferencing systems
  • Sound systems
  • Renewable energy system design and implementation: photovoltaic and hydro
  • Hot water system: solar and heat pumps
  • Security systems: access control, firewalls, cameras, recognition, multi dimension authentication and authorisation
  • Lighting systems design
  • Cabling systems
  • Power distribution systems
  • Communications systems
  • RF systems and RADAR
  • Energy conservation methods: glazing, insulation, materials, design
  • Generator and emergency power systems
  • Irrigation systems and design
David Shakeshaft (Pr. Arch S.T; MSAIAT Associate)
Having had his own independent Architectural Practice since 1994, David adds an important design facet to the DVPM service. David specialises in retail architecture and has designed many public and retail areas in major shopping malls in South Africa. His design and management skills since 2001 have been focused on commercial, residential and light industrial projects. David is also an experienced project and construction manager and has acted in these roles for DVPM over a number of years. Recently he managed "Project Juggernaut" which included the refurbishment of several thousand square metres of office space at Old Mutual's Head Office in Pinelands, Cape. He also project and construction managed the recent extensions and upgrade of Crossroads Distribution's transport and distribution centre at Epping, Cape. David has an ability to take projects from inception to completion, through all the design and construction phases.
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Terry Boxall (B.A. Honours; LLM; MBA)
Terry is a practising attorney with a special interest in construction law and the building contract which he teaches in the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape Town. He divides his time between consulting and teaching and has extensive experience in the interpretation of contracts and in helping others to understand and manage contractual obligations. He holds an LLM and an MBA from the University of Cape Town and is currently working on a project, funded by the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, that is looking for common ground in the significant building contracts used in West Africa, East Africa and southern Africa. He conducts training courses for a range of corporate clients and enjoys working as a legal facilitator with non-legal professionals.

Terry is currently collaborating with DVPM in the writing of a book on delay, disruption and acceleration claims in the construction industry.

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