Company delivers the goods at Omaka
Civil construction, infrastructure works, and earthmoving company Simcox Construction is celebrating reaching the ﬁnal stages six and seven of the Omaka Landing development in Blenheim, with company project manager Martin Ridgway saying it is hugely signiﬁcant to have been awarded one stage after the next on a negotiated basis.
“We are delighted because we think we have been given that opportunity because every stage we’ve completed has been done to the highest speciﬁcation and quality,” he says. “The principal has directed when one stage was ﬁnished they would negotiate the next stage.
“We are only as good as our last job, and our client has been really happy with both the quality of our work and our timelines, meeting them and bettering them in some areas.”
Simcox Construction has been working on the subdivision since April 2016, and these ﬁnal stages are due for completion in October.
A former vineyard of more than 18ha, Omaka Landing is being developed by Colonial Vineyards and once complete, will include more than 220 residential sections, two reserves, a dental clinic, and a preschool. It’s one of the larger subdivisions Simcox Construction has completed in its 34 years of operation.
Simcox Construction was founded by drainlayer Ian and his wife Margaret Simcox, who grew the business from its initial specialisation of drainlaying into a full civil engineering contractor.
Simcox Construction has successfully carried out the maintenance of all of Marlborough’s rivers on behalf of Marlborough District Council for the past 25 years.
The company operates two rock and aggregates quarries for the production of river rock protection, hardﬁll, and for producing construction aggregates.
The past 15 years have seen Simcox Construction heavily involved in vineyard development, using large machinery to contour very large blocks of land, and also building water storage including reservoirs and dams to create water storage for vineyard development work.
“Between that and the river protection, which involves the building of huge stop banks, we run a very large ﬂeet of trucks and trailers, more than a dozen,” Martin says. “We have more than 20 excavators ranging from a little 1.7 ton, up to 48 tons which works in the quarries.”
Last year, Simcox Construction won the Large Business Award, Investment In People and Skills Award, and the Overall Supreme Award at the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
Marlborough’s construction industry is continuing to boom on the back of an ever expanding vineyard and wine production industry.
Martin says town has become a very vibrant place in the past 15 years, with a lot of activity and a diverse population.
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