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How to bring a vision to life: Fleetwood Construction

Building a dream home should always be a great adventure that comes with an extremely satisfying and happy ending. There are things you can do to ensure that your vision for your home is brought to reality in every detail.



Sam Fleetwood of Fleetwood Construction talked to us about the process of finding a builder. “You need to ascertain their honesty, integrity, workmanship and ability to communicate. We advise going through these steps as a bare minimum, before you sign.”



  1. Ask around for recommendations. Once you find a builder you like, ask to speak to some previous clients about their experience. You can even ask to have a look around one of their current building sites to see how they work and meet some of their team.
  2. Look into how long your builder has been in business and if they have been doing the type of work you require for a long time. See what awards they’ve won for this type of work.
  3. Research your builder’s social media and website to find out what type of work they have done, and if they have the right skills to build your home.
  4. Establish the resources they have available – how many in their team, how many they would put on your job, and what qualifications do they have.
  5. Are they good at communication? How will they communicate with you? You can find this out in the very early stages of contact with your builder.
  6. Make sure the builder is fully licensed, or even better, a registered Master Builder.



Solution-based building: Pringle Homes

‘Building confidence’: two words which perfectly sum up Pringle Homes. Yes, in the minds of many, the idea of undertaking a new home build of one’s own can be a terrifying prospect. However, it doesn’t need to be. Thanks to Pringle Homes, the stress we tend to experience after deciding to pull the trigger on our new humble abode, simply no longer applies.



With their solution-based building and construction plan, Pringle Homes has, for the last decade, gained a sterling reputation for helping everyone, from first-time home buyers to others wanting their second dream home, get the peace of mind of a job well done.

You only need look at the home of Di Lynes and Richard Hall. Built by Pringle Homes, it has won the Gold Reserve and Master Build Regional House of the Year. It is also in the running for National House of the Year too.

Built using the latest building techniques and the best possible materials and no expense spared, this home is the standard by which Pringle Homes is renowned for. Di and Richard were given building confidence by Pringle Homes. Just think what Pringle homes can do for you.


Diverse engineering services: Babbage Consultants

Established 80 years ago, the 100 percent New Zealand-owned and operated engineering practice Babbage provides structural, geotech, civil, building and engineering design services, as well as building surveying and ecology reporting services.



“We have a solid reputation for delivery across the whole of New Zealand, with the Christchurch and recently opened Queenstown office delivering design solutions to all corners of the South Island,” South Island Business Manager Matt Harris says.
Furthermore, Babbage’s sister company Bioresearches is a specialist ecology and environmental consultancy.

With the introduction of building surveying, Babbage is also supplying assistance to the commercial real estate sector, property investors, owners and body corporates. By undertaking pre-purchase due-diligence assessments, facility management reviews and long-term maintenance plans, Babbage mitigates client property land acquisition and disposal risk, including providing advice regarding commercial lease negotiation and review.

The team’s integrated value-added design philosophy is apparent in the high-end 1,417m2 Belfast Terrace development which overlooks central Queenstown. The successful delivery of the nearly completed Hyundai showroom on Christchurch’s Durham Street also illustrates Babbage’s ‘single point of contact’ formula, prioritising the ability to talk directly to the senior staff involved on each venture.

The personal touch means not only happy retained and repeat clients, but key staff as well, which Babbage recognises ensures continuity of relationship management and strong sector knowledge. Contact Matt Harris on 027 706 7933 or




Executing the Exceptional: Jennian Homes

Dwayne Prendergast, Director of Jennian Homes Canterbury, says the year has started with strong sales. “We are particularly pleased with the number of new high-end architectural builds we are doing, along with our large range of family and holiday homes,” Dwayne says.



This year has seen the completion of a number of in-house designed architectural builds in Westmorland. “The homes are built into the hillside, and enjoy stunning views over the city.” With special block foundation engineered floors, Jennian Homes has ensured these builds don’t just look fantastic, but are built to meet the environmental challenges.

“We are really enjoying handling whole projects – beginning with designs created by our team from scratch, through to seeing delighted owners moving in,” Dave says. “The process is made that much easier for clients with our Studio J display centre right here at our office in Sockburn.

It is open from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and it is just great because it removes the need for clients to try to visualise; they can see all the materials and colour options as they would appear on a finished home.” If you are thinking of building, it’s never too early to talk to one of the team at Jennian Homes.

The Jennian team are there to explore your ideas, explain options and offer complete certainty around the process of building with Jennian Homes. “If you’d love an architectural home but budget is a constraint, utilising the in-house design team is an extremely cost-effective way to achieve your goal,” Dwayne says.

The design team is completed by in-house sales and accounts, and there is a fantastic set of skilled personnel in the key project management group. “We’ve all got such energy and enthusiasm for what we achieve here, and it’s because we work with great brands, great trades and we get great results. We’ve completed numerous homes for delighted clients and we are proud of what we are doing,” Dwayne says.

The team has expanded the area it covers and Jennian Homes Canterbury is now creating dream homes for happy clients from Kaikoura to Waimate. Jennian’s homes are also completed under fixed contracts. “We understand that people can come to building with concerns about controlling the costs. We guarantee there won’t be any unpleasant surprises with your budget,” Dwayne says.

Jennian Homes also ensures there are a range of display homes available to view at any one time, which is no mean feat given they get snapped up by impressed buyers very quickly. Both of the Jennian Homes Canterbury display homes in Rolleston and Rangiora are open Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm and an exciting new concept in display homes is about to open in Halswell Commons. Stunning display homes in Ashburton and Timaru are open for your viewing with team members on site.


Taurus Built Ltd

Strength to Strength: Taurus Built Ltd

Taurus Built Ltd is going from strength to strength. From humble beginnings, the company has the dedication, professionalism and commitment to go above and beyond what is required to give you the home of your dreams.


Taurus Built Ltd


Founded by experienced builder Tom Peters in 2017, Taurus Built Ltd has grown from a one-man operation to a tightly-knit team of professional builders, with building projects on-the-go across Canterbury and Central Otago.

As a Registered Master Builder, all building projects undertaken by Taurus Built Ltd carry the Registered Master Builders 10-year guarantee; a solid reminder that your Taurus Built home has been built by qualified builders to stand the test of time.

Taurus Built will give you the best possible rate for your budget and prides itself on a job well done to the highest possible standard. With the company’s operations in Central Otago centred around the Wanaka area, Taurus Built has plenty of new projects on the go across both regions. There has never been a better time to get a team with the integrity and passion which Taurus Built is renowned for, to undertake your next building project.


For more information, or to organise your next build, phone Tom direct on 022 151 7835 or visit the website


Rosemerryn Retail Development

Ticking the boxes: Rosemerryn Retail Development

Lincoln’s rapid and ongoing growth hasn’t impeded the development of attractive and enjoyable spaces, a fact which is evident in the quality of the Rosemerryn Retail Development.


Rosemerryn Retail Development


Completed in 2018, the precinct features retail, office and hospitality space with 55 on-site carparks on the corner of Edward Street and Eastfield Drive. Leasing agent for the development, Paula Raine of Ray White Commercial Christchurch says it’s one of the most impressive retail developments she has been involved with recently; a powerful nod to the attention to detail that has gone into it.

Already featuring fashion, health, retail offerings, offices, a gym, delicatessen and café, there are only a small handful of retail spaces still vacant, with the vibrant mix of existing services creating a strong drawcard for businesses looking for an exceptional community hub.

Of particular note is a 259 square metre space which spans the high profile Edward Street and Eastfield Drive corner, featuring a 49 square metre outdoor al fresco area and views across both street frontages. Flexibility is a strong drawcard, with the space large enough to cater to a homewares or furniture store, a dentistry, veterinarian, medical practice or green grocer. However, the space allows for a substantial kitchen area making it equally suitable for a restaurant or bar. There is also potential for the space to be split into smaller or shared tenancies for the right businesses.


Rosemerryn Retail Development


Form and function have well and truly been combined at the Rosemerryn Retail Precinct, with sleek, contemporary aesthetics and high building standards culminating in a space that is as attractive as it is safe.
Internally it is a light and airy space, with an elegant high stud, while externally the modern aesthetics are complemented by beautiful native landscaping.

The Lincoln township is flourishing, with a population of more than 7,000. Previously expected to be just a post-quake phenomenon, there is little sign of it slowing, with Selwyn District Council projecting population numbers to easily hit 10,000 within 10 years.


Rosemerryn Retail Development

With Lincoln township plus surrounding communities in Rolleston, Prebbleton, and Springston featuring a mixture of ‘lifestyle blockers’, families, retirees and commuters, the developers behind the new Rosemerryn complex have ensured community wellbeing is a core focus of the development, particularly as it relates to getting the strongest tenancy mix.

As such, they have generously offered to help an experienced operator that is in tune with the local community with their fitout, to help tailor the space to their needs.
“It is so nice to work with developers who are invested in creating a strong selection of businesses,” Paula adds.


For more information about this fabulous space, or the smaller spaces available at Rosemerryn Retail Development in Lincoln, speak to Paula on
027 221 4997, or email



New Approaches to Structural Strengthening: Mainmark

While the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes were not New Zealand’s largest seismic events in recent years, they resulted in the most damage and loss of life. The Canterbury sequence also put a renewed community focus on earthquake engineering and the strengthening of structures.

Metropol Build talks to Mainmark New Zealand technical manager Theo Hnat about the new approaches to structural strengthening and what they mean for building owners.


New Approaches to Structural Strengthening


The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 (EPBA) was introduced on 1 July 2017, coinciding with the updated New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering assessment guidelines.
The EPBA provides leadership and direction regarding risks to public safety posed by existing buildings, and brought major changes to the way earthquake-prone buildings are identified and managed under the Building Act. It also educates building owners and tenants about seismic performance and risk.



The EPBA categorises New Zealand into three seismic risk categories under the New Building Standard (NBS) and sets timeframes for building owners to identify and take action to strengthen or remove earthquake-prone buildings.

The lowest performing structures (33 percent NBS or less) are deemed earthquake prone and will most likely be demolished. For intermediate risk (33 percent – 67 percent NBS), building owners are required to strengthen the building to meet 67 percent NBS.

The challenge for building owners undertaking earthquake strengthening works to existing buildings is to consider both ground strength and building behaviour so that the most cost effective and long-lasting solution can be identified to improve the %NBS.
The past two years has seen growing awareness about the interaction between building structures and soil during an earthquake.

While the EPBA and %NBS has created a growing market for earthquake strengthening, encompassing architects, engineers, builders and developers, earthquake strengthening of existing buildings has historically focused only on bracing or stiffening the visible structure, rather than modifying the ground or footings.

The design methods typically considered include FRP wrapping, concrete jacketing, additional bracing or damping, selective weakening, base isolation, foundation widening or stiffening, piling, and ground improvement.





Apart from ground improvement, the strengthening solutions are structural approaches that seek to either increase flexibility or strength, or decrease deformation and displacement of the building, without addressing the behaviour of the soil. For building owners seeking to achieve a higher %NBS, it is recommended to engage both geotechnical and structural engineers when considering the best approach.

Photos from the 1964 Niigata earthquake, with buildings lying on their sides, demonstrated structures strong enough to withstand the impact of an earthquake on poor ground. It is important to remember that much of the damage observed in Canterbury was due to poor performance of the ground rather than the strength of the buildings.

Since the Canterbury earthquakes, ground improvement research trials have shown that resin injection can demonstrably improve the density and stiffness of earthquake affected ground and increase the resistance of soils to liquefaction. The full research report is now available on the New Zealand Geotechnical Society online library, and is included in MBIE Module 5: Ground Improvement of Soils Prone to Liquefaction.



Customer Obligations

Customer Obligations

You have made the decision to build or remodel your home and, while we’re all generally well aware of the fact that there are obligations on the part of the contractor, it turns out there are actually obligations on the part of the customer, also.


Customer Obligations


Jenafor Rollins looks at how to have a positive relationship with your contractor, offering some top tips to make your building experience as carefree as possible.


Interview more than one contractor
Who do you connect with the best? That is your answer and yours alone.


Clear Picture
Clearly state what you want and any details. You are the one who has hired someone for a job. Be clear in what your goal is, how you see it in your mind and the finished product. There will always be small changes during production as that is the creative process, but the vision is what everyone starts with. While the person providing the services has responsibilities as a contractor to act in the client’s best interests, it’s also the client’s responsibility to make their brief clear.


Your construction project can go smoothly, but integral to this is communication and that is critical on both sides. As mindreading has not become a natural skill for humans and a contractor cannot read your mind, subtle hints do not suffice. If you have a concern, a question or a comment, talk to your contractor, so you can move to the same page.

Most people are people pleasers and, when it comes to your contractor, this is their profession. You have their professional livelihood in your hands, so it’s integral that you provide clear, concise feedback to ensure that they can meet your expectations.

As you communicate, it is valuable to come to a clear understanding. One of the best things to do after any conversation is to each have a closing sentence, “Now, what I am hearing is…” They will respond with their interpretation and whether any corrections in your interpretation need to be made.


Get everything in writing
Contracts are the legal and final word in a court of law and outline what both parties are expecting.



Future Foundations Ltd

Building Your Future: Future Foundations Ltd

Would you pay full market price to build your new house if you didn’t have to? Future Foundations Ltd is a building company that saves you $50,000 to $80,000 on your fixed price build contracts compared to most housing companies in Christchurch.


Future Foundations Ltd


A breath of fresh air, Director Leon Forde has a wealth of knowledge in the property market and experience in property finance and management. The company offers incredible fixed priced contracts starting from $1500 a square metre however, the value is in the design spec and the direct supply of materials from New Zealand’s largest building suppliers.


The benefits of building with Future Foundations are simple:

    • • Leverage the two largest building supply companies in New Zealand and have that cost savings passed directly on to you


    • • Contracted builders and installers all through the largest building companies to provide you security


    • • Fixed price contracts for security and finance


    • • Free concept designs – not cookie cutter houses, all homes are designed to your specific requirement


           • Expert project management support from start to finish, making the whole process enjoyable and exciting.

Future Foundations is dedicated to ensuring your first home or second investment property will appreciate in value through leveraging their suppliers and contractors, leaving the equity with you and not the huge construction companies.


Visit or phone 021 774 773 for a free quote to compare or your free house design concept plan.


Lyttelton Timeball Station

A maritime marvel: Lyttelton Timeball Station

“The Building Intelligence Group is delighted to have played a role in the bringing back to life of such a rare piece of maritime history as the iconic Lyttelton Timeball Station and the working timeball itself.”


Lyttelton Timeball Station


When Project Director Stephen Threadgall from project management specialist The Building Intelligence Group says how fantastic it is to see the Timeball Tower standing tall against the skyline again, he echoes the feelings of many people, not only in Lyttelton, but in Christchurch itself. The 2 November opening of the Timeball Station certainly marked another significant milestone in the rebuild of a city which has lost so much of its heritage.

The Timeball Station is one of the few of its kind left in the world. From 1876 to 1934 a ball dropped from its mast on its stone tower, signalling the time to ships in Lyttelton Harbour. Visual time signals such as this have historically been important features of many of the world’s ports, playing an integral role in correcting ships’ chronometers and ensuring accurate navigation.


Lyttelton Timeball Station


The Victorian-era Timeball Station in Lyttelton Harbour was damaged beyond repair in the 22 February 2011 earthquake. “The building’s owner, Heritage New Zealand looked for a project manager with demonstrable experience in the heritage sector to secure a main contractor for the Timeball Station’s rebuild and to manage the programme and the construction phase,” Threadgall says.

“We at The Building Intelligence Group are known for this type of project. Over the past year we have worked with all the companies and professionals involved in the rebuild to complete the Timeball’s reconstruction on time and on budget.”  Heritage New Zealand explains that the rebuild philosophy was to retain as much of the original fabric of the building as practicable. “We wanted to ensure that when locals saw the building each day it was familiar. The return of the Timeball Station and Timeball also fits well with the regeneration of Lyttelton that is going on.”


Lyttelton Timeball Station

The $2 million reconstruction was on the former site using original materials salvaged from the careful deconstruction that took place following the earthquakes. As Stephen Threadgall says, “heritage projects can have their challenges. So to have the work progress so well to such a superb outcome gave our team immense satisfaction.”

A fine example of Victorian technology, the Timeball Station is one of only five in the world known to be still in working order. A rare piece of maritime history, it has now been fabulously restored and boasts spectacular views over Lyttelton Harbour.