Civil works booming

Andrew Ashton looks at what a bumper civil engineering year means for contractors and subcontractors in Gisborne, all of whom are experiencing the positive flow-on effects as new commercial buildings spring up.

Andrew Ashton looks at what a bumper civil engineering year means for contractors and subcontractors in Gisborne, all of whom are experiencing the positive flow-on effects as new commercial buildings spring up.

TRUCKING ALONG: The Pacific Haulage and Williams & Wilshier workshop and truck wash that Civil Project Solutions was involved with. Picture supplied

ALL ROADS LEAD TO SPACE: The Rocket Lab launch complex at Mahia, where the roading and infrastructure was project-managed by CPS. Picture by Liam Clayton
Civil Project Solutions project managers Richard Bayley and Ben McArthur at one of CPS’s ongoing projects on Dunstan Road. Picture by Liam Clayton
Civil Project Solutions - Ben McArthur, Richard Bayley (Project Managers)
ALL ROADS LEAD TO SPACE: The Rocket Lab Mahia launch complex, the roading and infrastructure of which was project managed by CPS. Picture courtesy of Rocket Lab

WITH more than $40 million of civil construction work either on the go or completed around the region over the last year, local contractors and sub-contractors are growing in size to keep up with the demand for new buildings and infrastructure.

Gisborne District Council records put the value of commercial building consents approved last year at a total of $43.4 million, more than double the $19.8m in 2015. Another $1m worth of work was consented in January this year.

The combined value of consents issued last year marks a seven-year high for the commercial building sector and one company seeing the positive effects of that across a range of trades and sectors is Civil Project Solutions.

Company director Russell Moylan said there was “certainly” a lot of work around Gisborne.

“Town is buzzing at the moment. All the local contractors are really busy.

“We project-manage a range of works but the bulk of what we are currently doing is commercial new-builds and large-scale alterations or additions. Our projects to date have ranged from installing the roading and infrastructure at Rocket Lab on the Mahia Peninsula, right through to a state-of-the-art salad processing facility for LeaderBrand.”

Mr Moylan said the scale of work ranged up to a maximum of $15m for a single build but there had also been lower-value work undertaken, and “without a doubt” CPS had seen an increase in the overall value of civil works being undertaken in Gisborne.

This time last year the company employed just one other staff member, who was based in Auckland. The company had grown “quite a lot” since then.

“We have a staff of eight and I guess it reflects the number of projects on the go. There has been rapid growth over the last 12 months.”

That growth had also filtered down to local subcontractors.

“There’s a very high level of local expertise in Gisborne and we are supported in all the projects we do by excellent subcontractors. You don’t need to go out of town to find that expertise, it’s all here. There is a fantastic pool of resources available right here in Gisborne.

“We are a client-focused business. So, the way we work is a client employs us and we go out and tender all the subcontracting roles in order to get the most cost-effective price. That ensures that all the sub-trades — from small ones to large ones — have a bite of the cherry.

“The smaller guys are just as capable as the larger guys, and if you put a group of them together they can do the work and deliver a large project.”

New workshop and truck wash

Some of the most recent projects completed by CPS included the new workshop and truck wash for Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage on Aerodrome Road, as well as work on Commerce Place and the new developments at the former Prime Sawmill site.

“So town is busy at the moment and long may it continue. The forestry industry is certainly helping everybody out on the way.”

CPS was also looking to branch out into different kinds of projects, including engineering surveying work.

“We’re looking at bringing in new technology that hasn’t been used in Gisborne before. That’s quite exciting. We’re looking at investing in other equipment too, to make projects more cost-effective.

“It’s exciting to be at the forefront of these projects that are creating jobs and bringing money into the region.

“At the moment it’s really busy and vibrant all around that commercial space and that’s good news for Gisborne.”

Gisborne District Council consents manager Reginald Proffit said while the estimated value of works associated with building consents issued for 2016 was not a record level — as 2009 figures exceeded those presented for 2016 — it did represent a “definite swing upwards” from 2015 figures which estimated the value of consented works to be just $19,762,000.

“Our figures indicate that the amount defined is from a small number of consents which indicates that the consents issued related to a higher value of works occurring across the district — 2009 we issued 186 consents where 2016 we issued 147 consents.”

WITH more than $40 million of civil construction work either on the go or completed around the region over the last year, local contractors and sub-contractors are growing in size to keep up with the demand for new buildings and infrastructure.

Gisborne District Council records put the value of commercial building consents approved last year at a total of $43.4 million, more than double the $19.8m in 2015. Another $1m worth of work was consented in January this year.

The combined value of consents issued last year marks a seven-year high for the commercial building sector and one company seeing the positive effects of that across a range of trades and sectors is Civil Project Solutions.

Company director Russell Moylan said there was “certainly” a lot of work around Gisborne.

“Town is buzzing at the moment. All the local contractors are really busy.

“We project-manage a range of works but the bulk of what we are currently doing is commercial new-builds and large-scale alterations or additions. Our projects to date have ranged from installing the roading and infrastructure at Rocket Lab on the Mahia Peninsula, right through to a state-of-the-art salad processing facility for LeaderBrand.”

Mr Moylan said the scale of work ranged up to a maximum of $15m for a single build but there had also been lower-value work undertaken, and “without a doubt” CPS had seen an increase in the overall value of civil works being undertaken in Gisborne.

This time last year the company employed just one other staff member, who was based in Auckland. The company had grown “quite a lot” since then.

“We have a staff of eight and I guess it reflects the number of projects on the go. There has been rapid growth over the last 12 months.”

That growth had also filtered down to local subcontractors.

“There’s a very high level of local expertise in Gisborne and we are supported in all the projects we do by excellent subcontractors. You don’t need to go out of town to find that expertise, it’s all here. There is a fantastic pool of resources available right here in Gisborne.

“We are a client-focused business. So, the way we work is a client employs us and we go out and tender all the subcontracting roles in order to get the most cost-effective price. That ensures that all the sub-trades — from small ones to large ones — have a bite of the cherry.

“The smaller guys are just as capable as the larger guys, and if you put a group of them together they can do the work and deliver a large project.”

New workshop and truck wash

Some of the most recent projects completed by CPS included the new workshop and truck wash for Williams & Wilshier and Pacific Haulage on Aerodrome Road, as well as work on Commerce Place and the new developments at the former Prime Sawmill site.

“So town is busy at the moment and long may it continue. The forestry industry is certainly helping everybody out on the way.”

CPS was also looking to branch out into different kinds of projects, including engineering surveying work.

“We’re looking at bringing in new technology that hasn’t been used in Gisborne before. That’s quite exciting. We’re looking at investing in other equipment too, to make projects more cost-effective.

“It’s exciting to be at the forefront of these projects that are creating jobs and bringing money into the region.

“At the moment it’s really busy and vibrant all around that commercial space and that’s good news for Gisborne.”

Gisborne District Council consents manager Reginald Proffit said while the estimated value of works associated with building consents issued for 2016 was not a record level — as 2009 figures exceeded those presented for 2016 — it did represent a “definite swing upwards” from 2015 figures which estimated the value of consented works to be just $19,762,000.

“Our figures indicate that the amount defined is from a small number of consents which indicates that the consents issued related to a higher value of works occurring across the district — 2009 we issued 186 consents where 2016 we issued 147 consents.”

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Bruce Walters - 4 months ago
What a great result for another local company performing at a high level and what really good news for the region. Well done Russell and team!

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