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Modern life at its finest: D&T Chadwick Builders

Derek Chadwick is no stranger to the building industry. Before immigrating to New Zealand from the UK 12 years ago, he left behind a very successfully established construction firm.



Since arriving on our shores, he and his tightly knit team of builders and tradesmen have gained a sterling reputation in North Canterbury under the name of D & T Chadwick Builders Ltd.

With the motto of ‘no job too small’, D & T Chadwick Builders Ltd’s family business reflects the philosophy of getting it right first time, with plenty of satisfied clients in the greater Canterbury area. Able to undertake any construction job, their expertise ranges include home renovations, relocating homes, private new home builds and even light commercial work. Also included in their résumé are earthquake repairs and insurance repairs for VERO and AMI Insurance.

A recently completed project saw the construction of three modern, stand-alone two-storey townhouses in the heart of the central city at 221 Salisbury Street. These brand-new, modern developments are simple and contemporary dwellings that encapsulate modern life at its finest; a clean and minimalistic open plan living style that has been architecturally designed with practicality and easy living in mind. Their prime location within the four avenues, with the Christchurch CBD and its many delights – cuisine, recreation, entertainment and all the necessary amenities – just a leisurely stroll away, they are the perfect homes for working couples and small families.


Two of the townhouses are made up of three spacious bedrooms, one with a bespoke ensuite, and the other is a two-bedroom, two-ensuite townhouse. Several windows allow for plenty of natural light, fresh air and ultimately a bright, open space which is the canvas for the occupant’s own interior design and decoration. Dark carpets juxtapose the clean lines and light-filled neutral interiors of the living spaces, which have been designed and constructed to tick all the boxes of simple, modern living.

Derek and the team cover every aspect of the construction process; this truly is a one stop shop. When you are ready to pull the trigger on your next big building project, Derek will sit down with you and take you through the process from start to finish. With Derek and the team, you aren’t a mere job number on a spreadsheet.


For more information on what D & T Chadwick Builders Ltd can do for you, give Derek a call on 027 380 5682 or email




Celebrating the city’s architecture

An executive home inspired by the work of Sir Miles Warren and a school playground in the sky were just two of the award-winning designs celebrated on Friday 2 August at the Canterbury/Westland Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.




Every year, the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards celebrate innovative, sustainable and exceptionally designed projects from around New Zealand. Awarding designs in multiple categories, the awards programme recognises residential, commercial, alterations, interiors and multi-use projects designed by members of Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ).

This year, 22 awards were given to 13 designers from the Canterbury region. The award winners were Julie Villard of Bob Burnett Architecture, Nic Curragh of Objects Ltd, Greg Young of Young Architects, Ben Brady of Linetype Architectural, Robert Weir of Weir Architecture, Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design, Aaron Jones of Urban Function Architecture, Chris Wheeler of Hierarchy Architecture, Barry Connor of Barry Connor Design Limited, Bob Burnett of Bob Burnett Architecture, Craig South of Allfrey + South Architects Ltd, Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture Ltd, and Fiona Macpherson of Fiona Macpherson Architecture.



Greg Young of Young Architects was a major award winner on the night, taking home three regional awards for two projects.

Aaron Jones of Urban Function Architecture received four awards for four projects. He received a Commercial Interior Architecture Design Award for the work on his own design studio, titled ‘Urbanfunction + Zerobag Studios’.

Julie Villard of Bob Burnett Architecture won the Residential Compact New Home up to 150m2 Architectural Design Award for ‘Boat Shed House – Lyttelton’.

Nic Curragh of Objects Ltd won the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award for his project ‘Red Rock Lane’.



Ben Brady of Linetype Architectural won the Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award for ‘Esplanade Alterations’. Ben Brady also received a Highly Commended Award in the Residential Compact New Home up to 150m2 category for his work on a Little Akaloa bach, titled ‘Sea Call’.

Robert Weir of Weir Architecture received the Commercial/Industrial Architectural Design Award for his work on the Crowne Plaza in Christchurch’s central city and a Highly Commended Award in the Residential New Home over 300m2 category for his work on a modern Waimairi Beach home titled ‘Chamberlain, Beachside’.

Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design won two awards for his work on ‘Sky Playground’ located at Cathedral Grammar School. The playground design won the Resene Colour in Design Award and a Highly Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial category.

Chris Wheeler of Hierarchy Architecture won two awards for Coffee Culture located at The Crossing in the central city. He won the Resene Colour in Design Award and Commercial Interior Architecture Design Award.






Lasting the years: Bates Joinery

With a proud history that spans more than 65 years, family and quality workmanship has been at the centre of Bates Joinery throughout the decades.



In a way, three generations have been at the helm during this time and, with seamless handovers, the business has shifted down the line from one family to another, bringing with them loyal staff and customers.

The story began when Reid Bates (known as Reg), founded Bates Joinery and eventually handed it over to his son Greg. In 1979, current owner, Mark Allworthy, was taken on as an apprentice making doors, sashes and frames, and has been with the company ever since. After training, he worked alongside Greg learning the finer skills of the joinery business, and worked his way up to become factory manager, and then owner-operator in 2008.

“Lots of clients have been with us for many years, and the staff have always remained loyal,” Mark says. “Some were working in the old Bates Joinery and, through the handover, it’s carried on as normal.”

Mark’s son Jaden Allworthy is also involved in the business, working as the in-house designer and looks after the showroom (currently being upgraded), and Greg’s brother, Mitch Bates, operates Bates Aluminium from the same site.

The Bates team specialises in all kinds of bespoke joinery, including kitchens, wardrobes, vanities, stairs and balustrades, timber windows and doors, wall units, and commercial projects.

Using both modern machinery and traditional tools of the trade, they continue a skill that has successfully been handed down through the generations.

For a free design consultation, email



Complete heating and cooling solutions: Future Air Solutions

Playing to their diverse strengths and catering to the market has seen Future Air Solutions grow exponentially since the company was established. Even as recently as six years ago there were around six people involved; now there are more than 20.



Future Air Solutions’ expertise is truly expressed in its name. The company specialises in commercial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and it focuses on finding the right solution for each individual environment.

“We offer a wide range of products – not just one or two brands – so there will be something that is perfect for the various situations we encounter,” the team says. “It might be an elaborate ducted system covering multiple rooms or it could be a simple single heat pump. There are so many options available, many that now come with programmable technology. Our technicians know and understand the advantages and capabilities of every one.”

If you are looking to upgrade your current ventilation system, or are researching a complete HVAC solution for a new build, Future Air Solutions offer the whole package. They will consider all the factors relating to a particular site, will recommend and quote for the appropriate solution, design it for you and install. They also offer an aftercare service.

“Warm, dry homes are so important for our comfort and for our wellbeing. We take pride in looking after our customers from the start of the process through to its completion and them being totally satisfied with the result.”

For a free quotation, phone 03 341 7676.



From the ground up: Designer Homes

Trends may come and trends may go, but when it comes to houses there’s nothing more arresting than the sight of a magnificent home.



Designer Homes (DH) is a Christchurch company dedicated to the construction of magnificent and captivating homes that showcase distinctive, superior quality interior and exterior design. Established in 2015 by Managing Director Rajesh Thakur, the DH team bring a wealth of experience and expertise to every building project.

Currently overseeing five residential projects in Christchurch and Auckland, Rajesh implements an eight-step strategy on every project undertaken, which, undoubtedly, is the key to his success.

They are as follows:

  1. Selecting the site
    DH focuses on selecting the right site in terms of plot shape, lighting, slope, access to amenities and a good sewer system.
  2. Design & budget
    DH designs the ideal home based on client requirements and their budget. An additional consultation is available for any plan changes, or if the client decides to increase their budget.
  3. Making the plans
    Plans are put into an actionable timeline. DH architects recreate the plan with dimensions approved by the client. Feasibility of selected plot and building guidelines is thoroughly assessed, ensuring no delay in plans and revisions suggested by the client.

  4. Selecting the finishes
    From doorknobs to flooring to carpentry, collaboration between the client and the DH team is integral to achieving the dream home. DH encourages clients to choose finishes they will love, both now and into the future.
  5. Getting approvals
    From land approvals, government clearances, land use restrictions, required documentation – even through to sourcing the best-fit financing, the DH team guides clients in an advisory role to help make the process as seamless as possible.
  6. Managing the build
    The DH project team monitors site progress and changes, while ensuring all required tasks are carried out properly. The project manager maintains project control throughout the entire process, redirecting tasks as and when needed. The construction process is time-lined with a tentative completion date for each milestone reached; from floor-slab framing, walls, roof structure and roofing to external finishes, windows and doors, rough-ins and internal finishes.

  7. Checking the quality
    DH builders and project managers conduct a thorough inspection of the structural design and concrete mix, and evaluate if wall thickness, fixtures and finishing are as per the discussed and completed plan.
  8. Handing over the keys
    The client receives the keys to their beautiful, bespoke home.

    The underpinning philosophy of Designer Homes is that the disciplines of architecture and interior design form a close link; the truth of this can be more fully appreciated once their full showhome opens in Rolleston in the near future. Keep an eye out – you will be entranced.

    Find the office at 234 Main South Road, Hornby, phone 03 222 2344, 03 222 2345 or 0508 DHOMES, or email




Standing out from the crowd: Nick Rogers Builder Ltd

Architects and builders have long sought to stand out from the crowd with aesthetically pleasing designs, but a new property in Hanmer Springs stands out from the crowd as much for the clever technology built into its design as it does for its external appearance.



“There’s not many houses in Hanmer Springs like it,” says co-owner Julie Rogers.

140 Jacks Pass Road has been a labour of love for Julie and husband Nick, Licensed Building Practitioner and Director of Nick Rogers Builder Ltd, who built the house, which was designed by Bespoke Architecture Ltd.

The couple sought to create something special in the township and, with more than 30 years of experience in the building industry, Nick’s high standards and attention to detail are evident in every room.

At the heart of the home is a smart home security and automation system that you can control from your smartphone. Made by Christchurch firm Econx, this means controlling everything from your hot water cylinder, underfloor heating and heat pump, to your blinds and outside lighting, all from a simple, easy to use app.



The features don’t stop there. Full insulation has been installed throughout the home, above the recommended rating, including internal walls, soundproofed with noise-control batts to reduce noise transmission between rooms, while 40mm of polystyrene under the concrete slab provides superior under-floor insulation.

Bathroom showers and floors have been tiled, with under-floor heating, a freestanding bathtub and touchscreen mirrors that have built-in heating and lights.

LED lighting has been installed throughout with automatic night lights in both hallways, and a large 2.4 metre cavity sliding wall enables you to separate living spaces. The home features interior and exterior floor to ceiling doors and windows, motorised blinds, logburner and heatpump, and a full designer kitchen, including Westinghouse appliances and induction stove, with a stonetop bench. A 10-year Halo Residential Guarantee provides peace of mind.

“We really wanted to set a standard with this property,” Nick says. “Hence we’ve gone above and beyond with the time and expense we’ve put into this.”

With a whole block of sites alongside the property, the couple is open to discussing options for house and land packages or the sale of any sections. Contact Julie and Nick on 021 655 893 or 03 351 8899.



Ivan Iafeta: The Influencers

In a place like Christchurch where, in recent years, there has been an intense focus on planning for the future, stopping to just focus on the ‘here and now’ can be tempting.


Regenerate Christchurch CEO

While life should never be all work and no play, we need to choose our moments and, when it comes to the local economy, we must not allow any false sense of security to mask the challenges still ahead. With growth slowing and unemployment above the national average, the city is emerging from the recovery to find itself at economic crossroads with the amber lights flashing.

The need for more people living in the central city identified in Regenerate Christchurch’s analysis of central city momentum is one challenge. Another is the need for about 70,000 extra workers to improve productivity and offset the effect of an ageing population over the next 15 years.

ChristchurchNZ is leading the development of the Christchurch 2050 strategy to help the city address these and other challenges. All agencies will need to continue to work together in partnership with the private sector to develop strong connections between urban planning, regeneration and economic development.

Regenerate Christchurch will continue to play its part, led by recently appointed Board Chair, Dr Thérèse Arseneau, who succeeded Sue Sheldon when her fixed term ended in June.

I am looking forward to working with Thérèse and the wider board to not only build on the progress made under Sue’s leadership, but ensure the Christchurch 2050 strategy is supported by Regenerate Christchurch’s unique role in the regeneration ecosystem.




John Bridgman: The Influencers

We’ve delivered roads, parks, laneways, a promenade and we have two of the largest buildings in the city under construction – Te Pae and the Metro Sports facility.


Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive

But later this year Ōtākaro will take on a new type of project with the North Frame pedestrian bridge. The 32-metre-long, four-metre-wide bridge will connect Cambridge and Oxford Terraces between Colombo and Manchester Streets.

The bridge sits on what we call a ‘desire line’, the route people would take over the bend in the Avon River if it were possible. It will make the trip through the city along the Avon River Precinct quicker for cyclists and pedestrians.

With residential and other private developments planned for the North Frame, it makes sense for us to get in now to do the work, ahead of an influx of people living, working and visiting this area. Christchurch City Council expressed a desire for the bridge to be functional, simple and low maintenance, and this concept design reflects that.

The bridge will run perpendicular to the river, to encourage approaching cyclists and scooter riders to reduce their speed and will mean the main vertical elements of the Taurapa sculpture, which was commissioned by the Seattle Sister City Committee in 1997, will not need to be moved. Work is likely to get underway around November and take about six months to complete.

Out of our long list of construction projects, I’m confident this will be the only one with the added challenge of having to work around the trout spawning season.




Functionality & Aesthetics: Affordable Concrete

From increased durability to greater flexural strength, the benefits of steel mesh reinforced concrete are obvious. The team at locally owned and operated family business Affordable Concrete & Paving are true concrete experts – and are offering a special deal of free steel mesh reinforcement for home driveways booked before 31 August.



For all driveway, hard landscaping and repair needs, Affordable Concrete & Paving provides the perfect blend of functionality and aesthetics. The well-established business has built a significant reputation in Canterbury since it was established by father and son team, John and Scott Grant, in 2000. With a number of long-standing industry relationships and contacts, as well as repeat clients, the company’s longevity offers a strong point of difference.

Specialising in residential driveways, Affordable Concrete & Paving uses the latest machinery to complete everything from small residential projects to commercial car parks, concrete floors and kerbing. Offering quality workmanship at competitive pricing, new builds are also a specialty.

Whether building a new home or renovating an existing one, the company offers a no obligation pricing service and can quote onsite or from plans. “No matter how big or small your next project is, we have the expertise and knowledge to help.”

To know more about how Affordable Concrete and Paving can offer the best quality concrete paving in town, or any concrete project, visit for more information or chat with a member of the team on 03 354 2140.



Elegant Architecture: Borrmeister Architects

The rebuild of an award-winning 1970s abode in Cashmere took cues from its original plans, while modernising and reinterpreting the design into a functional family home. Shortlisted at the recent Canterbury NZIA Awards, the ‘Courtyard House’ features a dramatic promenade entry enclosed in glass and vertical louvres, revealing the heart of the home – a private central courtyard.



The formation evolved from a deference for the original house, which featured a courtyard-like entrance. The new central design was developed to take advantage of passive design considerations, such as enhanced natural ventilation, natural light and wind protection.

Living spaces were arranged to encourage these features and the stunning views of the Port Hills, says Wulf Borrmeister, of Borrmeister Architects. “The central courtyard plan offers visual interest and diversity between spaces, where passages between rooms offer a brief moment to appreciate the natural, well-established garden area at the core of the home.”

The home features an open plan family/dining area, well-appointed kitchen, cosy snug and flexible living areas; the bedroom spaces are framed by ribbons of glazing at ceiling level, allowing extra light to filter into the home, connecting the garden and courtyard.

The elegant compositions and natural, sustainable materials featured throughout the home contribute to the warm atmosphere and economical living spaces – from the horizontal roof bands, oiled cedar weatherboards and raw concrete blocks of the street façade, to the cantilevered roof overhangs and glass-framed cedar walls at the rear and centre of the building.

Borrmeister Architects always strives to create architecture that integrates into the natural world, thoughtfully and respectfully. Visit for more information.