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Company well-equipped to handle variety of work

Liki Udam Aug 8
Company well-equipped to handle variety of work
Morris and Bailey has just finished an upgrade and extension at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Tamaki Nui-A-Rua, a composite Year 1 – 15 school in Dannevirke

Since establishing in 1969, Manawatu business Morris and Bailey has specialised in civil, residential, commercial and bridge construction projects.

Based in Dannevirke, the company mainly services the lower North Island.

General Manager Greg Veale has overseen the operation of the company since 2013 and describes the company as in a phase of further development, which is currently seeing more opportunities in residential work.

“We have always concentrated on our three core markets; civil, commercial and residential, however as the company evolved we ended up doing a lot more work in both civil and commercial arenas.

“However new and existing clients are now approaching us to undertake residential projects,” Greg says.

When Business North Central spoke with Greg work had nearly finished on a $500,000 upgrade and extension at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Tamaki Nui-A-Rua, a composite Year 1 – 15 school on Makirikiri Road, Dannevirke.

The project involved adding on two extensions, creating two more open, user-friendly learning centres.

Having had a long history working on education sites Greg says the company is well-equipped to employ systems that allow construction to take place while the school is open for instruction.

“It certainly adds to the challenges however we have evolved really strong processes to ensure students, staff and our own builders can all work on the site at the same time.”

Given the nature of the build and the need for students to still be able to use certain areas work was carefully staged.

A tight time-frame of just 24 weeks to complete all the work and juggling multiple trades has added to the challenges, however Greg says nothing really occurred to deviate from the set building plan.

Along with extending classroom spaces a separate project to upgrade the school’s kitchen has evolved, adding time and costs above the original tendered figure.

Greg says work on the kitchen will be completed during the school holidays, ready to hand over when students return.

Morris and Bailey currently employs a team of 18 across separate disciplines, specialising in commercial, bridge building and concreting.

The company has recently concluded work on strengthening the Ngahere Bridge for the Palmerston North City Council, along with a three residential flat complex in Dannevirke.

Morris and Bailey has recently started the reroofing and strengthening of Dannevirke’s St Johns Church for the Waiapu Board of Diocesan, which is particularly complicated due to the pitch of the existing roof.

“We have a history of undertaking seismic strengthening work but this one is special given the iconic nature of the historical church. “The whole structure has had to be shrinkwrapped before removing the old roof.”

The company is well-regarded in the construction sector for its attention to detail, adherence to the highest possible standards and for developing strong open and engaging relationships with its clients.

As for the future, operating in the Manawatu, Tararua and Hawke’s Bay areas, which are experiencing strong growth both in the commercial and residential sectors Greg says the company wants to become more involved in residential work.

“We think we have a lot of skills and experience to offer our residential clients and intend to grow this arm of the company in the future.”

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