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House of Year crucial part of marketing

House of Year crucial part of marketing

Cliff Erskine Builders Ltd attributes its success in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2011 House of the Year to its team’s passion and craftsmanship. The Queenstown-based company, which specialises in architecturally-designed homes, has had two successful back-to-back years in the competition, and director Cliff Erskine is hoping for a third in 2012. The winning company took out a Gold Award for the Southern Region in 2010 for a property in Queenstown, and the PlaceMakers Heart...
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Ability to deliver client's dream is the key to achieving

Ability to deliver client's dream is the key to achieving

Lindesay Construction has made a name for itself as one of New Zealand’s premium construction companies, dedicated to building architecturally-designed, award-winning buildings. The company was given a Platinum Award in November 2011 for winning eight National Awards in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers House of the Year. The Platinum Award signifies outstanding success, presented to those companies which have achieved five or more National Awards over the course of the competit...
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Call for entries highlights new partnership

Call for entries highlights new partnership

NZ Wood has announced that Resene, the New Zealand-owned and operated paint manufacturer from Lower Hutt, has committed to a naming rights sponsorship of the 2012 Timber Design Awards. The competition brings together architects, architectural designers and engineers in a showcase event that builds the passion for timber construction in New Zealand. Resene marketing manager Karen Warman highlighted the affinity between timber and paints and stains — whether for dynamic effect or longevity...
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New web site sifts out potential employees

Auckland builder Glen Beh found himself facing a real problem when he was looking to hire builders to staff his sites. From a single online or newspaper advertisement headed “Seeking Hammerhand” for example, he would receive hundreds of applications, with a large percentage of the job hunters clearly not having read the requirements. He then needed to sift and filter hundreds of CVs and applications. “They were giving any ad a go, and I wasn’t prepared for this to be at...
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Developer re-affirms target of 1000 Christchurch apartments

Developer re-affirms target of 1000 Christchurch apartments

In 2007, Legacy Corporation director Gary Gordon predicted his company would build 1000 residential apartments in Christchurch within 10 years. The company was approaching the 300 mark when the first of the Canterbury quakes struck. In September 2010, the time of the first big quake, the company had just started a 36-unit development in Cashel Street. Mr Gordon reports there were quite a few interesting shakes during its construction. Around 10 apartments remain to be sold of Legacy’s pr...
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New aluminium factory to make significant contribution to Christchurch

“A big boost to the rebuild”. That’s how Christchurch-based Fletcher Aluminium South Island window and door manager Darrell Gane is describing a new multi-million dollar aluminium factory in Wigram. Up to 70 people will be employed at the factory, the first of its kind in New Zealand. The new facility will powder coat mill-finish aluminium product produced in Auckland, which will then be distributed to the franchisees in Christchurch and the rest of the South Island. When it ...
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Mesh now available for reinforcing concrete slabs-on-ground

Mesh now available for reinforcing concrete slabs-on-ground

Grade 500E reinforcing mesh, specified in the Department of Building and Housing’s latest version of Acceptable Solution B1/AS1 for the reinforcement of concrete slabs-on-ground, is now widely available. Designers should be now specifying Grade 500E reinforcing mesh when designing to B1/AS1. B1/AS1 now requires that concrete slabs-on-ground, constructed to NZS 3604:2011 on good ground, be reinforced with a minimum of 2.27 kg/sq m of Grade 500E reinforcing mesh. The mesh must conform to A...
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