‘Great Wall’ proves an engineering feat

‘Great Wall’ proves an engineering feat

New civil construction company Asset Construction is demonstrating its ability to phase works in a manner that ensures year-round productivity with a current project at Blue Moon Subdivision, Langs Beach.
The project is tracking well to budget and to programme, with an expected completion in early November. All this in spite of a very wet summer and a wet start to winter.
Blue Moon is a 68 lot subdivision and Asset Construction’s role includes 35,000cum of steep grade earthworks, Three Waters infrastructure, a stormwater wetland treatment area, and a 200m long, five metre high keystone retaining wall which is intended to be the feature component of the finished development.
Asset Construction general manager Aidan Ford says the wall includes almost 10,000 blocks, every single one hand placed by Asset Construction. “It’s a big engineering feat and a significant achievement for us,” he says.
“It’s not your standard civil construction, but pretty quickly into the job, project engineer Opus realised we knew what we were doing.”
Only 18 months old, Asset Construction is the formation of general manager Aidan Ford, operations manager Kingsley Brown, and contracts manager Richard Scott, who have all worked for large civil companies on large scale projects before setting out on their own.
Asset Construction’s first project was as subcontractor to Fletcher Construction on the Waterview Connection project.
“That project gave us the ability to work in the background on setting up our systems and processes so we could manage projects ourselves,” Aidan says.
He says the first thing he did for Asset Construction was to build a fully integrated management system which was capable of being certified by independent organisations.
“We targeted ISO accreditation. A lot of government agencies need their contractors to have ISO accreditation, it’s evidence you have robust internal systems for reporting and investigating incidents, you adhere to environmental controls, and guarantee quality management systems. That was a big one for us, picking up ISO 9001, 14001, and 18001.”
Those accreditations have now seen Asset Construction make it on to the Auckland Transport and KiwiRail prequalified lists. “Auckland Transport has chosen 20 contractors to do $10,000,000 worth of work in the next ten years. We managed to make it on to the list.”
For Auckland Transport, Asset Construction is working on intersection upgrades and other minor works packages around Auckland, and for KiwiRail Asset Construction has the opportunity to price for upcoming level crossing developments.
Asset Construction is also bidding for work for Kaipara and Whangarei District Councils, as well as Northland Regional Council and Auckland Council. Asset Construction now runs 30 staff from bases in Auckland and Mangawhai.
The three owners are proud of their team, and their vision is to employ and retain the best and most talented people in the industry. “We have a very good team and we look after our staff really well,” Aidan says.
“At the end of the day, it’s them building that wall. We pay well, we treat our staff well, we put time and money into developing them, and we end up with good loyal staff.”
This article was brought to you in association with the following businesses…

Related Posts