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Fleetwood Construction

Driven By Excellence: Fleetwood Construction


Building excellence drives the team at Fleetwood Construction. Winning a Gold in the Master Builders House of The Year Awards means it has received over 90 percent of the 2000 points available and that its craftmanship is 80 percent above the industry standard. The company loves the technical challenges and attention to detail required to build an architectural home to this standard. Building in Christchurch for more than 15 years, this passionate and experienced team of builders brings together everything you want in a construction company.

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For this unique design, Fleetwood Construction collaborated with Metalcraft roofing, which meets the high standards of communication, quality and workmanship that’s expected from all subcontractors the company uses. The team at Metalcraft Roofing is pleased to be associated with Fleetwood Construction.

The build quality, project management and communication from Sam Fleetwood and his team made their part of the process seamless and the company looks forward to working with them on future projects, Metal Craft Roofing Branch Manager Darren Ager says. “We are so much more than roofing, providing Longrun Roofing, Longrun Cladding, Metal Tiles, Metal Fencing, Insulated Panels and Structural Products. We thank Fleetwood for allowing us to showcase some of our premium products on such a high-quality build.”

 

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Fleetwood Construction loves the Master Builders House of the Year Awards because the team knows it is competing against the best in the industry. “It is so great to have our team’s hard work and passion acknowledged by such highly respected industry professionals.”
Sam Fleetwood, the Company Director, personally manages every build and is onsite every day. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the building and construction industry.

 

During that time, no matter what has been happening with the economy, the building code, health and safety regulations, natural disasters or any other obstacles that have come Sam’s way, his commitment to building beautiful architectural homes has never faltered. In fact, by building beautiful homes, every day he is living the dream.

 

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Sam says, “We love doing what we do, which is building excellence and great relationships, and moving forward we just want to get better and better at providing our customers with an exciting, flawless experience for building their dream home”.

 


PROJECT PARTNERS
Metal Craft Roofing:
Ph. 03-349 1395
Web: www.metalcraftgroup.co.nz


 

Takahe Construction

A project of magnificence: Takahe Construction


At awards night, one judge noted that on crossing the threshold of ‘Fendalton House’, they realised immediately the scope and quality of the venture. And so it came to pass that Takahe Construction scooped the Renovation over $1 million Gold Award, the Supreme Renovation Award, plus the Interior Design and Outdoor Living Awards, in the 2018 New Zealand Master Builders House of the Year Regional Competition.

 

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Takahe Directors Tim Forman and Calvin Cocks say the project began as an earthquake repair, with the client quietly mentioning some changes for later. More than half of the property was relevelled, a large percentage of the interior wall linings were removed, along with downstairs timber flooring. They rebuilt the tennis court, squash court and pool, and replaced the existing spa room with a gym – with the spa now residing within the swimming pool – and re-paved the entire hard surface. But that was simply the beginning. MAP Architects designed the renovation, which included installing steel beams to create larger openings in interior and exterior walls.

 

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The house was rewired to an automated system which can control lights, aircon, home audio, television, stereo, gates, pool heating, floor heating and even the towel rails, while the audio system incorporates 18 different speaker zones.
Interiors feature dark oak floor and ceiling joinery, and Carrara Gioia marble lines the entrance hall and master ensuite bathroom. All the lights and speakers are fitted flush with the ceilings, so they don’t distract from the elegance of the rooms. The owners chose basalt stone to surround the pool and Atlantic Flame Stone for the balance of the outdoor area.

 

Calvin’s favourite feature is the 4.8m-high oak ceiling in the formal lounge. It’s invisibly fixed with the Fastmount clip system that is used on superyachts! Project Foreman Lucas Abbot says the 70sqm outdoor room is a standout for him. It features a fully retractable louvre roof, full height bi-folding doors, an inbuilt stainless steel and stone barbeque and pizza oven, seven outdoor heaters and six speakers on pivots, with the television also on a pivot. The whole of the outdoor room is fully waterproofed. “It was the job of a lifetime because we were able to form an amazing relationship with client and architect,” Lucas says. “The client was so focused on the quality and detail, and we had many meetings to discuss details, placing and interaction of elements.

 

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Also, our partnerships with our subtrades including Swinnard flooring, Designastyle, Wisker Decorating and East Coast Steel went a long way to ensuring the fabulous result.” The challenges came with coordinating everything that was going on inside and outside simultaneously, at any given moment on the site, plus ideas and plans were changing and evolving as they went along.
“It’s fabulous the project received this recognition,” Tim says.

“Over the 2.5-year build, we were so closely involved that we became a little immune to its magnificence. The house was amazing before, but now it is improved by 110 percent.”

 



 

Women in construction

Unsung construction heroes: A woman’s place is in construction (or at least it should be)

We’re a global leader when it comes to women’s rights, since 1893 when we became the first country to give women the right to vote. And yet, despite making up more than half of New Zealand’s population, women currently comprise just 17 percent of the nation’s construction industry.

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Registered Master Builders Association (MBA) Chief Executive David Kelly describes women as the ‘unsung heroes’ of the construction industry. “Women form the backbone of the building industry,” he says.
“Women are heavily involved in many of our member’s businesses. Often a woman runs the business so her partner can focus on the tools and this role is just as important as the physical construction side. Many successful building businesses are based on this partnership model.”
The RMBA has had a number of female regional Presidents, including two currently who were elected by their peers within the industry to represent them.
RMBA West Coast President Linda Caldana runs a family construction business alongside her husband Robert. A qualified draftsperson and learning assessor, she oversees her team’s recruitment and training, and says that although a lot has changed for women during her 35 years in the industry, women are still not getting the recognition they deserve.
“It’s about getting the best person for the job and women have a significant role to play,” she says.
“Clients still ring and want to talk to my husband on a daily basis, when, in fact they need to talk to me.”
RMBA Ashburton President Andrea Lee says it is important there is mutual respect for the roles women and men play. “Women bring huge strength and a whole different process to the industry. On the business side, it is the behind-the-scenes efforts of women who makes businesses thrive,” she says.
“Women are often amazing project managers and designers. They are excellent at client management, financial management, and considering how a home will function best for a family – they make a house a home.”
More than 65,000 construction workers are needed over the next five years to keep up with demand and women are increasingly picking up the tools. Blenheim-based builder Olivia Ward encourages other women to consider stepping out of the office.
“There’s a huge shortage of builders and especially women builders and I’d like to encourage other women to get into the trades,” she says.
“Women can do just as good a job as men – if not better!”
Dennis Taylor, Head of Department for Trades at Ara wants to see New Zealand industries continue to encourage women to study and work in the trades, by ensuring they know they are valued workers.
“We have seen the range of industries that we engage with actively breaking down the historical barriers to women working in their sector and those industries recognise the benefits associated with the skills, knowledge and diversity that women bring to the workplace,” Dennis says.