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Delivering the vision: Clive Barrington Construction

Heath Walters of Clive Barrington Construction adds his insight as to the building of Rai House.


He says the site was a challenge, being adjacent to the Avon River. His team was involved in laying the technical foundation system, designed to allow for the site being prone to occasional flooding.

“The internal staircase, constructed of steel with oak treads, coupled with the balustrade of vertical steel fins at random lengths, was a heavy structure to get in, and oak is a premium product to work with.

“Positioning this in the entranceway made it a critical part of the internal finish; it’s something we’re really proud of.”

He says his team understands each build intimately and works closely with owners, consultants and sub-contractors to ensure what’s delivered on-site matches the designers’ vision and clients’ expectations.

“We appreciate that ‘the extra one per cent’ is what sets us apart from our competition, so we will go out of our way to ensure this is delivered time after time.”

Contact Clive on 03 343 2010 or


Uncompromising craftsmanship: LOC Construction

While the size of jobs can vary from a several million-dollar project to a small renovation, there is never a variation in the quality of the work done by LOC Construction


“We specialise in architectural designs and hill work, but we give equal attention to a bathroom renovation – every client gets the same build quality,” says Team Manager Tom O’Connell.

LOC Construction recently completed the townhouses at 129 – 131 Edgeware Road. Featuring metal tray roofing which is also used as cladding on the sides, the front and insets combine cedar and plaster finish.

The team used a new ground improvement system called Terafil, a Mainmark product, and the high-end landscaping was completed by Goom Landscapes.


The townhouses are designed by South Architects and focus on maximising the utility of the relatively small site, “They did a really great job – a telling feature is the larger than usual bedrooms in the homes,” says Tom.

“It’s fantastic to see them completed and all the spaces come together.”

LOC Construction has now turned its attention to repurposing the Kate Sheppard house from a private residence to a public centre to celebrate Kate’s story, “It’s great to bring our craftsmanship and uncompromising high standards to this much-loved historic home,” says Tom.


The plastering professionals: Proudfoot Plastering

With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start ticking off all those maintenance tasks around your home and property.



If you have any plastering jobs on your list, the award-winning team at Greg Proudfoot Plastering Ltd, are the specialists when it comes to a range of exterior cladding, facade installation and finishing.

They work on large projects, such as EQC repairs, recladding and architectural homes; and can also sharpen up plastering on existing outdoor landscape walls and fences.

Greg Proudfoot Plastering is experienced in traditional plastering techniques using a sand and cement mixture, which can be used on concrete block walls, landscaping decks and where you need to match an existing pattern on a house. Interior bespoke fireplaces and feature walls are also specialities.

The talented and skilled team have added a number of awards to their resume in the past few years, including the Resene Construction Systems Plastering Excellence Award in 2017 and the Resene Construction Systems Plastering High Distinction Award in 2016.

For more on how they can assist with your next project, call the friendly, local team on 021 611 663.

To view their gallery of completed works, visit the website below.


Success on the slope: Wilson Construction

The sloping site underneath this stunning Hanmer Springs holiday home was all in a day’s work for D M Wilson Construction, a company with a 20-year foundation of experience, based right there in the alpine village. “We are experts in building on varying degrees of slope in Hanmer Springs. We handle all the prebuilding requirements, so clients are assured their new house is built on safe grounds and to the highest of standards,” Director David Wilson says.



Threefold Architecture created the design and ensured the house maximises the utility of the sloping section.

“The house feels just right for its location right in the middle of Hanmer – it captures the view of the pond and the village all in one,” David says.

Hanmer offers both residents and visitors an all-embracing range of weather throughout a typical year and David is delighted with Metalcraft Roofing’s new standing seam roof profile Espan©.

“The profile is innovative and it is designed with both style and performance in mind. The ribs create strongly defined shadow lines and, when combined with the concealed fixings, you get superior weather performance,” David says.

Three types of cladding are blended on the exterior and while David’s favourite is the cedar weatherboard – “You can’t beat the natural timber feel” – combined with the touches of stone veneer and metal cladding, the house is elevated far beyond any recognised standard for holiday homes.

The heightened specifications continue once inside the house and you’ll find the lock-up garage contains an inbuilt hybrid car charging port.

The team of subcontractors was integral to the quality of this build and David is keen to thank them all, “from Well Connected Electrical through to Robertson Family Decorators”.

With two further beautiful homes under construction and some bathroom renovations under way, D M Wilson Construction is dedicated to bringing an affordable yet high quality approach to all its projects.

“We set a high standard and we deliver on time and on budget,” David says.

“We are specialists when it comes to high-end quality architectural home construction and renovations, but we are just as happy to construct your new pergola or dream deck with the same amount of quality our regular clients know to expect.”


Collaborative Luxury

CoLab Architecture proved itself the superlative choice to design the three luxury homes on the stunning site vacated by historic Parkdale. CoLab Director Tobin Smith designed styles complementary to the outcomes the developers sought for this very distinct niche and, as the name over the door suggests, collaborative work is a specialty.



The Heaton street frontage forms part of the city’s character assessment area.

Tobin wanted to keep the scale of the original homes in the area but not replicate them.

“CoLab is creating a new heritage that we hope will still be celebrated in 100 years’ time,” Tobin says.

“We have a style that is becoming recognisable and you can see it particularly in the rear house with its strong gable forms that are part of the illustrious Christchurch school of architecture. Brick cladding honours the original homestead, it is soft and in keeping with the area.”

Each home is distinct: “Resorting to three identical builds for efficiency’s sake was never contemplated,” Tobin says.

“The site and the community deserved the best in design and construction.”

Each home does however have a generous envelope, with the beautiful stream and surrounds as the focus.

“The art of it was the design and position to maximise privacy and outlook.”

Takahe Construction led on bringing the homes to life.

“They brought a proven track record to the project and there is such strength in collaboration. There was incredibly valuable feedback going back and forth between us as we put the houses together – it creates a learning environment all around,” Tobin says.

“The level of finish achieved in these homes and the quality craftsmanship are second to none.”

Tim Forman of Takahe says, “In partnership with CoLab, the team at Takahe and its subcontractors were driven by quality throughout these builds, with a clear understanding of CoLab’s vision. It’s been a real pleasure to work with such a positive and encouraging team.

“The architecture was challenging and extremely detailed and, by all accounts, an incredible experience to bring this to life. V grooved cathedral ceilings with clean negative details are a real feature that continue throughout the form of the houses,” Tim says.


Secluded Beauty

An iconic build, which also blends naturally into the secluded Banks Peninsula site, was the creative challenge presented to award-winning Architect Tim Nees.



“The brief was for an informal weekend retreat, to eventually become their retirement home,” he says.

“It was designed not only for the look, but to take advantage of water views and hillside vistas on each side, while letting in light and breezes.”

Self-sustaining and completely off the grid, with two water-collection tanks, the surrounding four hectares was once part of an old farm.

“It has been left by the clients to ‘re-wild’ itself,” says Tim, who recently designed his own unique seaside escape.

“The clients were really happy, saying it was like a work of art – and beyond beautiful! It almost feels like an architectural tramping hut to me.”

The saw-tooth roof, painted heritage red, has its highest points facing the east to catch the morning sun.

Two bedrooms on either end and a cosy nook up a few steps surround the open-plan high-stud living areas.


A purposeful mix of non-treated timber features throughout the 172 square metre interior including exposed beams of macrocarpa and Douglas fir, a well-oiled plywood floor and walls lined with birch plywood.

A solid-timber kitchen bench top was sourced by the clients. The deck of purple heart, like the larch cladding, was left to silver over time.

Huntley Quinn was our builder,” Tim says.

“He was exceptional at thinking through the challenging strategy of working in a remote location, and very organised and honest. The communication was great, which was very important.”

The award-winning construction firm hired a bach about 15 minutes away, where his crew of six stay during the week.

As a second-generation builder and Project Manager for 29 years, Huntley also spent a day or two each week on the tools.

Completed last year, Huntley says it was quite a technical build with a lot of joinery, complex roof and an elevated subfloor.

“Logistically it was a challenge, but enjoyable and rewarding – especially with building through all four seasons, from scorching heat to snow.

We achieved the right balance of design to budget through a very close collaboration between architect, builder and client.”



Restoring to pre-quake condition

Give yourself the gift of peace of mind this Christmas by choosing Wrightway Construction to repair your earthquake damaged home.




Working closely with EQC for more than eight years, Wrightway has built up specialist knowledge of earthquake repair methodologies and has access to all the expert services, contractors and subcontractors required to ensure that your earthquake-damaged home is restored to its pre-earthquake condition.

Wrightway is one of a small group of building companies still working closely with EQC to ensure that earthquake-damaged homes are correctly repaired, managing remedial repairs through the EQC-managed process.
“While we continue to work directly with EQC to manage repairs, our business has evolved as the property and insurance markets in Canterbury have changed,” Wrightway Director Hamish Wright says.

“Although we continue to hold the full confidence of EQC and have jobs allocated through their programme, we have found that more and more homeowners are approaching us directly when they have cash-settled their claims and are looking for a company that truly understands the earthquake repair process, and can support them through that.”

In August 2019, the Government announced a $300m policy for homeowners of over-cap ‘on-sold’ properties in Canterbury to apply for an ex gratia Government payment to have their homes repaired. If you think you may be eligible for an ex gratia payment from the Government, you can find more information on, including an online form to register your details. Under the policy, homeowners have 12 months to register interest, and need to choose a contractor of their choice to complete the repair.

Hamish Wright says the company has seen a recent surge in the number of ‘on-sold’ property owners contacting them directly. “Homeowners are doing their due diligence. They have seen the number of repairs we have been involved in and understand that we have access to all the experts required to take the stress out of the repair for them.”

Contracted directly to you – with EQC responsible for payment – Hamish and Operations Manager Steve Cole team up with a group of trusted architects, engineers, and surveyors that they have been working with for a number of years. There are 25 on the in-house team including five licenced building practitioners, concrete repair specialists and quantity surveyors, plus they do their own house lifting and foundation replacements, and relevels.

If you have cash settled your claim, or believe you may qualify for the on-sold over-cap policy, Wrightway Construction is happy to do a free assessment for you. “We start from the beginning with you, from scoping through to quoting, project management, compliance, and sign-off,” Steve says.

“We know how stressful this process has been for people,” Hamish adds.

“We want to ensure they can move on with their lives with peace of mind that their home has been well-repaired for them and their families.”




Green by name and nature: Green Builders

Reuben Green, Director of Christchurch firm Green Builders, is dedicated to achieving the highest standards on all building projects and works hard to ensure the construction process is always as seamless and stress-free as possible.



With a 20-year background in building and time spent in Melbourne where he worked on high-end renovations, Reuben now operates a company that specialises in large-scale renovations and bespoke architectural builds.

Green Builders can also complete sloping site works, renovations or additions, as well as any scale of landscaping requirements. Whether you’re interested in developing your dream family home, or need a company to manage large and complex architectural projects, Green Builders can help turn your dream into a reality.

Reuben says the team is committed to providing a customised project to suit you, your budget and your lifestyle. “We offer a personalised service,” he says. “We’ll work closely with you from the design stage throughout completion.”

Green Builders has a good working relationship with top-quality designers, suppliers and the architects at IDSGN who they regularly collaborate with on projects.

They’re also quick to point out that ‘Green’ is not just the company name, they also encourage you to discuss increasing the energy efficiency of your home by incorporating environmentally conscious systems and products into the construction.

Based in Christchurch, they’ve also completed projects in Wellington, Kaikoura and Ashburton. For an obligation-free chat, visit




Pile driving growth: Moore Construction

Throughout the city’s rebuild, local family business Moore Construction has been specialising in pile driving and demand only continues to grow.



For more than 30 years, the operation has been based in the South Island and now employs a team of nearly 20, including engineers and quality surveyors.

Moore Construction’s Sam says the pile driving division is interesting work and they work with various methods. “We can supply and drive steel piles, timber piles, precast concrete piles, screw piles, sheet piling and bored piles.”

Another area Moore Construction works in is civil construction services, including bridges, pre-cast concrete and cast insitu. They also own a range of earthmoving equipment and associated gear for commercial earthworks projects.

While work in Christchurch has been keeping them busy, they’ve also been completing ongoing work on the Northern Motorway – and a contingent is undertaking projects in Queenstown.

Committed to a high standard of workmanship, the company is registered with LBP, Sitewise Green, and are members of CCNZ (Civil Contractors New Zealand).

To enquire about Moore Construction’s services, or discuss pricing for your next project, contact Nathan on 027 549 9670, or visit



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.