Award-winning firm has plenty on the go
Queenstown’s A Campbell Builders completes a range of residential projects from multimilliondollar homes to affordable homes, and prides itself on being able to offer the best finish at a budget to suit.
A Campbell Builders managing director Andrew Campbell set up his firm in Queenstown in 2005, after five years of building in Southland, and seven years playing professional rugby overseas.
The company has seen Queenstown go from bust to boom, working through the global recession in its early days with a couple of large projects for overseas clients, and now managing its way through the building boom by looking after its staff and taking on achievable projects.
“We keep our head down and our tail up, deliver on time, and word gets around pretty quick,” Andrew says.
“Queenstown is a small town and if you’re honest, and can deliver, you’re halfway there.”
Andrew joined the Registered Master Builders Federation in 2008, which added to his growing reputation as an honest and conscientious builder.
Over the years, A Campbell Builders has taken out numerous gold awards in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition, and Andrew’s goal is now to hold one gold award in each of the competition’s categories.
‘We’ve got one left to get,” he says.
“For us, the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards are about giving back to the client who has chosen to come with us, and that they’ve made the right decision, and their home has reached a certain level of achievement.”
Most of A Campbell Builders’ work today comes through recommendations and word of mouth, and the company also does its own development when it finds a good opportunity.
“The residential market is hugely short,” Andrew says. “There is a massive demand for rentals, and some places recently have been selling for upwards of $1 million for a first home. “We can offer a higher level of finish for a more affordable rate, but we can’t control the price of land.
When we can do a deal that works out good for the client and ourselves, we’ll offer some options to the public.”
A Campbell Builders is in constant contact with real estate firms and agents looking to offer that product.
Andrew says A Campbell Builders offers clients a much better option when compared with group housing companies, and a smart level of finish that is achievable on the budget.
“That comes down to being smart about the way we design it, being smart about the way we finish it, and being smart with the overall budget.”
Andrew designs homes himself and works in with other designers to get the working drawings.
His wife Tania has completed the interior design on several of A Campbell Builders’ projects, and her input always gains positive feedback.
Andrew says he and Tania have taken a long term view of Queenstown as their home town, and A Campbell Builders is in it for the long haul.
“We’ve got two children going through high school, and we’re quite involved in the community,” he says.
“It’s home for us and we’re making the most of it long term.”