Tight-knit team provides complete package
South-Auckland based construction company Capri Construction is a tight-knit team of professionals all carrying the same passion and commitment toward creating excellent builds in a demanding and competitive environment.
Managing Director and founder of the business Bryan Symes established Capri Construction in 2003, having worked for large-scale companies.
“We started relatively small, doing one job at a time to the point where today the company turnover is over $30 million,” says Bryan.
Wife Natasha Fitzgerald-Symes keeps the pulse of the company ticking while Blair Sowden as Commercial Manager and Aaron Wegner as Construction Manager completes the management team.
“Our motto is ‘Working Together – One Team’ and when I look at the staff we’ve employed you could describe us as a mini-United Nations, with an employee from the Netherlands, Chile, China and one from Iraq.”
In all, currently 12 people work at Capri in roles from quantity surveying to project and site management.
Bryan’s a great believer in the cadet system of training and when Business North spoke with him the ﬁrm had two building cadets on their books.
Capri Construction has enjoyed a long association with Wilshire Group, a company dedicated to developing large-scale urban residential developments.
When Wilshire Group stepped in to take over the Richmond Project in Mt Wellington Capri Construction became their go-to contractor, completing award winning Stage 1 in early 2018.
Now work has begun on Richmond Stage six which will see a total of 68 dwellings, 21 of which are one and two bedroom apartments, ﬁve 4-bedroom and the balance 3-bedroom terraced apartments.
Work began on Stage 6 in May 2018 and is scheduled for completion in September 2019. Bryan says the biggest challenge has been in the processing of consents.
“There have been 13 separate consents submitted with the longest taking over 2 ½ months to process impacting on the overall scheduling of work on the site and on project sequencing.”
Wilshire’s brief for the project was to upgrade as much of Stage 6 as possible while maintaining an affordable sales price and to achieve this the apartments are clad in an array of products from trough proﬁled rooﬁng, Abodo vertical weatherboards, bagged and painted brick and wood printed precast concrete panels. “Interiors have also had a general lift in the quality of all the ﬁxtures and ﬁttings.”
Project Manager on Stage 6, Aaron Wegner has been part of the team since 2004 and is supported by a team of Site managers including Bryan and Nataszha’s son Lochlainn, who is training as a QS.
Bryan says that when they built Stage 1 the decision was made to use multiple subcontractors for each of the critical trades where ever possible, hence spreading the load to ensure no-one gets overloaded and lets the team down, which often happens when you’re totally reliant on one company. The model was very successful and has again been adopted on Richmond Stage 6.
“There’s deﬁnitely more of a co-operative feel to the construction process.” The relationship with Wilshire Group extends beyond professional engagement on building projects such as Richmond.
The two teams enjoy down-time together on organised social activities on a bi-monthly basis, something Bryan says is great for team-building and the general well-being for both sets of employees.
“When two company’s work in quite closely over long periods of time it really helps to build relationships so team-building events work really well.
“On our last outing we went clay-bird shooting on Waiheke Island with a few beers and wines thrown in.”
Today Bryan focuses his energy mainly on project procurement and client, subcontractor and supplier relationships.
“My focus is mainly to ensure that who we work for are the right people for our psyche. “We’re a smaller company and I try to keep the contract in the bottom draw where it belongs.”
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