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Blockbuster project delivered on time and budget
Herman Wismeyer of Focus Project Management has the huge task of ensuring the biggest and most complex project ever carried out in the Hastings CBD is delivered on time and to budget. To complicate the challenge, two of the three buildings are classed Heritage Place Category 1, having been built during World War One. “You’re dealing with heritage buildings that...
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Community support drives investment into doors reopening
The redevelopment of the Opera House precinct, now called Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre, is one of the largest construction projects council has been involved in for many years. The Opera House has played an important role in the community since 1915. It brings our people together to celebrate, to be entertained and to enjoy each other’s...
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Encore for build team
Gemco Construction manager Eddie Holmes will know how good a job the team of over 100 tradespeople has done when he sits down to enjoy one of the 30-plus shows scheduled for the Hawke’s Bay Opera House stage in 2020. Eddie has been on-site in a porta-office since 2017 and when the project is fully completed with the handover of...
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Strong foundations – The efficient and eco-friendly building solution
A construction boom has been sweeping across Hawke’s Bay over the last few years and it’s not predicted to decline any time soon. As hundreds of new houses are needed due to population growth, there’s greater pressure on builders to complete projects more efficiently as well as adopting greater sustainable building products and practices. This all starts with the foundations,...
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Earning and learning helps build career
Apprentices Jade De Har and Harry Algie both agree that learning a trade has been a great decision that will set up their careers in the construction sector. Jade is one of three female apprentices at Gemco, and the only one training to be a carpenter. A go-getter, Jade left school at 16 years of age and managed a restaurant...
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Leading construction firm builds future workforce
The construction industry is booming in Hawke’s Bay. It’s at unprecedented levels both in large-scale commercial projects as well as in the residential housing sector. In the November 2018 issue of The Profit we estimated there is about $600 million worth of commercial construction projects either currently underway or set to commence. Over and above this is the housing boom,...
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Business Profile – Simply Architecture
Many business professionals start giving back to their chosen career later in life, but that’s not the case for architectural designer Andrew Flack, who runs his own fledgling business but doubles as a tutor at EIT. Andrew completed the two-year architectural design course at EIT in 2010 and within just seven short years he returned as a tutor, a role...
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Opera Precinct humming along
In August 2019 the first of three stages of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House Complex will reopen to the public, after it was closed in 2014 due to earthquake risk. The estimated $30m Hastings District Council Project is part of a major overhaul of the Hastings CBD and could well be the catalyst for additional developments including a hotel. Hastings...
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Commercial developments in excess of $600 million boost our economy
Across Hawke’s Bay there’s a wave of large-scale commercial development that’s having a major impact on our economy. It’s estimated that there is more than $600 million worth of construction projects that are either currently underway or soon to commence. We’ve tried to provide as comprehensive a list of ‘just completed, under construction and proposed large-scale projects’ to paint the...
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Strong tenant interest in large commercial development in Havelock North
Construction is underway on one of the largest commercial development in Havelock North in a decade with key tenants already confirmed for stage one, signalling strong confidence in the fast-growing CBD. Murrayfield Properties Limited, owned by Jonathan and Cristina McHardy’s family trust, has a vision to create a modern vibrant retail, commercial and hospitality precinct. A representative for the McHardys,...