Next year marks 50 years in business for Fraser Thomas. And at the end of November, the burgeoning Christchurch branch of specialist engineers and surveyors will celebrate with clients, the move to larger remises at Workstation 55 Business Park in Princess Street.
Staff numbers have grown substantially, as have the city’s continuous need for specialist services, such as geotechnical, land surveying, resource management, soil contamination testing, civil engineering, slope stability assessments, and land surveying. Included in the company’s skill set is expertise in mediation and insurance court cases for clients, and 14 chartered engineers are part of the company’s approachable, friendly team.
Fraser Thomas, with its head office based in Highbrook, Auckland and set up in Christchurch in 2012, provides a multi-disciplined, ‘one-stop shop’ for land development projects. Christchurch’s Director and Geotechnical Manager, Mason Reed, is also a Practice Area Assessor for Engineering New Zealand.
His principles include keeping the industry honest. Hailing from Whangarei, and one of the eight directors, Mason has 20 years’ experience in the company, including the Pacific Islands and South East Asia.
He says it’s wise to assess potential geotechnical issues, before any building work, to mitigate future issues. Around 80 percent of work is residential, with commercial projects including the Waterloo Business Park. Ngāi Tahu’s Te Whariki subdivision development in Lincoln, a substantial project in several stages, is underway, utilising all the skillsets of the Fraser Thomas team. “Ngāi Tahu is committed to providing a quality product to their purchasers,” Mason says. “And we have the skills and experience to deliver for our client.”