Specialising in large-scale renovations and bespoke architectural builds means the team at Green Builders is used to thinking outside the box.
Company founder Reuben Green has turned his 10-year background in building, and time spent in Melbourne where he worked on high-end renovations, into a skilled operation that includes six qualified staff. Green Builders also has a good working relationship with top-quality designers, suppliers and the architects at IDSGN who they regularly collaborate with on projects.
“I strive to achieve the highest standards in all of my work and pride myself on delivering a stress-free construction process for all my clients,” Reuben says. “You have to think outside the box with renovations, for example, I love being able to make something look seamless, like it’s always been there. Like an architrave that looks like it’s 100 years old; if it’s next to something original, or on a renovation, making sure you can’t tell where the new one starts and the old one ends. I feel like I’ve achieved the mission then.”
Green Builders also specialise in sloping site works, energy efficiency and additions, as well as any scale of landscaping requirements. Based in Christchurch, they’ve also completed projects in Wellington, Kaikoura and Ashburton. “We aim to make something really special,” Reuben says. “We’re not your standard builders, we spend a bit more time and clients are really, really happy. “Some people who’ve known me for a long time say, ‘this is what we want, make it happen’.”
Eight years into the rebuild, Christchurch is continuing to command attention on the global stage for its richly developing urban spaces, a metamorphosis which is palpable, measurable and impressive.
However, the extent to which the commercial backbone of the recovering city can fulfil its potential largely rests on the commercial shoulders of the identities spearheading the change in our built environment. Now it’s time to celebrate them! New Zealand’s foremost Building Industry Awards are designed to celebrate high performing individuals and teams working across the industry.
As the name New Zealand Building Industry Awards suggests, the focus of these awards is to acknowledge and celebrate the practitioners behind New Zealand’s most successful building projects. From the traditional Cost-band categories that have been part of the annual NZIOB awards programme since 1994, through to the more recent Consultants and Interdisciplinary Collaboration categories, the New Zealand Building Industry Awards have categories that all high-performing building practitioners can enter.
The key point of difference with the New Zealand Building Industry Awards is that the finalists are recognised in front of an audience (and by an Institute) that represents the full building supply-chain. The awards celebrate the achievements of the finalists, while promoting the companies that employ them as entities that value and practice high performance.
I was interested to read recently a submission by the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce on the Christchurch City Council’s 2019/2020 Draft Annual Plan, and to note the shared thinking between the Chamber and Regenerate Christchurch on what is needed to ensure Christchurch achieves long-term, sustainable regeneration.
A key element, as noted by the Chamber, is best-for-city decision-making across a public sector that is committed to genuine partnerships with the business sector, to not only support the private investment and leverage the public investment that has been made to date but also encourage further investment. In other words, to demonstrate that Christchurch is open for business.
Nationally, the urban development and planning sectors are talking about this type of collaboration being critical for success. But they are also talking about a need for streamlined tools to expedite planning processes and provide more certainty.
In Christchurch, we already have bespoke legislation available to us that mandates and drives greater collaboration and delivers a capability to streamline processes that other cities and centres can only talk about. It represents a genuine opportunity to address some of the urban planning and development challenges that can create roadblocks.
We do not have long, though, as the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act will expire in two years’ time. But the legislation, in isolation, will not be enough and a firm commitment to genuine collaboration is critical.
Construction of the Metro Sport Facility gets underway next month on the former Canterbury Brewery site. That’s good news regardless of whether you like to get active from the top of a 10-metre dive tower or the comfort of a spin bike.
We recently awarded a $221m contract for the construction of what will be the largest sports and recreation venue of its kind in New Zealand to CPB Contractors Limited and expect the build to be completed late in 2021.
In addition to the obvious wellbeing benefits, the economic impact of the Metro Sports Facility is worth considering. Christchurch City Council will operate the venue and expects it to host eight to twelve national and international events each year, which will bring coaches, family and supporters from all around the country, and they’ll be using our hotels and motels, eating out and going shopping.
Building the Metro Sports Facility will also be of great benefit to the local construction industry with at least 80 percent of the sub-trades to be sourced domestically. We expect more than $60 million in wages and salaries will be paid to the local workforce throughout construction, with more than 400 people employed on site at its peak.
It is tremendous to be able to take this step forward. As we’ve seen with Te Pae, getting a contractor on site and a building out of the ground does a lot for people’s confidence in Christchurch.
International and national investors are continuing to show strong interest in the Christchurch commercial property market. After the earthquakes, a lot of those buyers shied clear of the city but that’s certainly changed now with more and more enquiry from buyers outside the city – for both bare land and significant commercial and industrial buildings.
As Auckland becomes more expensive with accompanying low yields, Christchurch returns are looking more and more attractive, especially considering the comparable quality of buildings and tenants. In the past two years, there have been numerous chunky sales to national and international buyers totalling more than $200 million.
High profile syndicates such as Auckland-based Augusta Capital, are particularly active, most recently spending $53.75 million to add Castle Rock Business Park to its industrial property portfolio. The deal is believed to be the largest industrial property sale in the South Island. Of the four bids we received for Castle Rock, three were from North Island interests.
Another Auckland syndicate, Silverfin Capital, bought Metro Glass in Hornby, a private Auckland investor picked up the Online Distribution building in Woolston, the sale and leaseback of the Turners & Growers was to an Auckland buyer, as was Tait Technology Centre.
Inner city offices PwC and Duncan Cotterill Plaza attracted the attention of an international buyer in off-market deals while Queenstown-based syndicate Mitchell Mackersy recently bought Opus House in Moorhouse Avenue. This sort of activity certainly augurs well for Christchurch and we don’t see it waning any time soon.
March was a month of total gratitude for our fellow citizens who, once again, pulled together and looked after one another. The whole world has taken note of the power love can wield against fear and hatred. Let’s hope humankind can carry on down this path.
The team at Ministry of Awesome (MoA) celebrated the early days of March with the launch of the NZ Aerospace Challenge driven by Airbus, MBIE, ChristchurchNZ, Blinc Innovation, and Spacebase. The purpose of the competition is to use space technology for innovation in agritech. We are fortunate to have Emmeline and Eric Dahlstrom, Spacebase founders and space technology pioneers, here in Christchurch as guides for the duration of the competition.
March also marked the launch of the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards (EoY) – the most prestigious business awards in the world. The launch took place at MoAs new HQ, Te Ōhaka – Centre for Growth and Innovation. It was wonderful to see so many potential future winners in the room – all from Ōtautahi.
Another March highlight was a visit to AI Day in Auckland. Most attendees were thrilled and concerned in equal measure at the developments that have taken place in the field of artificial intelligence in only a few short years. It’s clear that the coming impact of AI on our world is enormous and we must prepare to harness AI for positive world impact.
The last month has been a hard one for Christchurch. I don’t think any of us ever imagined something like this would happen in our country, let alone our city. Despite the shock and sadness we have felt, I have heard so many stories of kindness and compassion about people in Christchurch offering help to our Muslim community.
In the last four weeks we have observed the incredible strength and bravery of our front line emergency service staff. We have witnessed diligence and commitment from the people employed in the various government departments that are supporting victims and their families.
We have seen piles of flowers and cards, and the sincere sadness those tokens have been lain with. We have seen cooperation in parliament to ban military style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles. And at a time when they are grieving, we have seen the Al-Noor Mosque open its doors and welcome visitors.
I want to thank everyone who has done something to support and ease the suffering of the people hurting the most in the wake of the terrorist attack. It has been a reminder that even during one of New Zealand’s darkest times, there were moments of goodness.
After the events of 15 March, we saw such an outpouring of compassion and support from throughout the world as we came to terms with an event we thought would never happen in our city.
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, so quickly became an example of the way a country’s leader should respond to such events. Mayor, Hon Lianne Dalziel was also able to galvanise a shocked community by providing comfort, support and confidence at the appropriate time.
As we look at what was done well, it is also important that we take some time to reflect on our learnings and what we may look to do differently moving forward.
At a macro level, diversity has become such a buzzword in recent times, that for many it may have become lip service. I would instead encourage people to focus on cultural curiosity – to understand that culture matters and to (respectfully) ask questions about the people around you and be interested in their answers.
At a very practical level, we need to look at how we responded as an individual, family unit, school, or business. We need to ask ourselves: what did we do in the minutes, hours, days and weeks following the tragedy? Were we able to mobilise support to those that needed it, when they needed it? And how could we have been better prepared?
As a city, we need to encourage good, strong, robust conversations around what we could do differently. From ensuring we have a response plan in place, to reflecting on our own individual role in being inclusive.
New Zealand has long been plagued by sub-standard building, from the leaky homes saga through to the present day earthquake remediation crisis.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, with Government and construction industry leaders committing to transform New Zealand’s construction sector. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Construction Sector Accord represents a new way for Government and industry to work together to create lasting, positive change in the sector. “The wellbeing of New Zealanders is intrinsically linked to safe, durable and affordable homes, buildings and infrastructure,” Prime Minister Ardern says. “To meet the future needs of New Zealand, both Government and industry recognise that we need to work differently.”
Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) Chief Executive David Kelly welcomes the introduction of the accord and has been working closely with Government and its agencies to establish a set of behavioural and value-based principles for the sector. “The Government has given clear commitments to the industry and New Zealanders that the construction sector is critical to the success of our communities and cities,” David says. “Our industry employs over 250,000 people and contributes $15 billion per annum to the economy. Our importance will continue to grow with the homes, commercial, industrial, and retail buildings needed now and in the future. New Zealand needs a healthy and vibrant construction sector, and this is a positive step towards achieving that.”
Parker Group Construction is a family-owned building company which prides itself on its history of building diverse, quality homes. The company only employs builders with an eye for detail and ensures the customer feels included and satisfied throughout the process, something which is clearly evident in a suite of six high-end inner city dwellings in the figurative and literal heart of the city.
Working alongside Borrmeister Architects, Parker Group Construction is currently building six distinctly different, high-end, inner-city dwellings right in the CBD. These dwellings are within walking distance of all the luxuries that inner-city living brings. Although they are so close to everything, you’ll relish the privacy and tranquillity these inner-city dwellings provide since they are nestled down a private lane behind a well-maintained Council Reserve.
Parker Group Construction has thoroughly enjoyed building these architecturally designed dwellings as each of them is so unique. Each dwelling exceeds two-hundred square metres, have eco-friendly, large windows providing warmth and natural light, but with the utmost privacy designed in. What’s more, each dwelling boasts designer kitchens with European appliances, two separate lounges, three large bedrooms and ensuites. All in all, these homes are irresistibly spacious with serious appeal.
Once you arrive at this complex –either down the secure laneway or through the reserve and private access– you will be amazed by the large decks and extended outdoor living areas. You’ll appreciate each home for its own merits as they all have distinct differences that make each of them striking and alluring.
Enjoy city living for yourself at 362 Durham Street North. For more information about any of the six homes available, phone Sara Ashcroft from Bayleys Real Estate on 03 375 4700. If these homes have sparked some building ideas of your own call Barry Parker from Parker Group Construction on 027 243 9464.