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New freight depot ‘right solution’

New freight depot ‘right solution’

Totalspan Marlborough has recently completed another large project – the new Bascik Transport freight depot in Spring Creek.

Totalspan undertook the full build project package from obtaining building and resource consents right through to fitting out and lining offices.

The project also involved installation of wastewater and stormwater at the low lying site.

Totalspan Marlborough owner Darrell Smith, who owns the franchise with wife Katrina, says that by working closely with the client they were able to deliver a building that perfectly met requirements.

Although a practically focused build Totalspan Marlborough also ensures an aesthetically pleasing design.

New freight depot ‘right solution’

The new Bascik Transport freight depot in Spring Creek, constructed by Totalspan Marlborough, is clad in zinc over a steel portal frame.


The Bascik Transport project was clad in zinc and Darrell says that by using dark grey coloursteel barges, gutters and roller door this effectively enhanced the design giving the building an attractive point of difference.

“This project really shows how we can deliver the right solution to suit the client’s needs and budget while adding value where we see opportunities,” he says.

Totalspan Marlborough can offer customers a lot of expertise.

Darrell is a Licensed Building Practitioner and his building experience with Totalspan dates back to 1999.

Since taking over the franchise in 2011 the couple has made a shift to employing their own team of builders.

Darrell says this gives good control over quality and timing of projects, particularly important in a busy construction market.

Totalspan is part of Spanbild NZ Ltd, a 100% New Zealand owned and operated company started over 40 years ago.

Totalspan operates 29 franchises in New Zealand including nine in the South Island; Marlborough, Nelson, Westland, North
Canterbury, Canterbury, Timaru/Oamaru, Central Otago, Otago and Southland.

Totalspan offers a wide range of buildings including rural buildings, commercial buildings, car ports, utility sheds, storage units, garages, portal buildings, flat roofed buildings and heritage barns.

Totalspan buildings are constructed using a steel portal frame.

The unique construction method gives great strength and durability, says Darrell.

All the materials used in Totalspan buildings are sourced from New Zealand (New Zealand Steel is a major supplier) and buildings are manufactured by Totalspan and delivered to site for erection.

New freight depot ‘right solution’

Darrell says that because Totalspan has its own dedicated manufacturing facility in Christchurch this helps Totalspan Marlborough to react quickly to customers’ requirements as well as give greater control over quality, price and time frames.

“Because all the design work is completed in New Zealand our designers are familiar with the requirements of the building code and the environments the buildings have to withstand, this means the company is able to offer a 25 year structural guarantee and a five year workmanship guarantee,” he says.

Darrell and Katrina assist clients from beginning to end helping with design, manufacture and build, from concept to completion.

As testament to the high quality of their work the company last year won the Rural Building of the Year category and also the overall Building of the Year over all five building categories and competing with 28 other Totalspan franchises nationwide.

The winning building for Matua Wines was a specifically designed multi use vineyard shed customised to meet the requirements of the client.

But it was winning Totalspan Customer Excellence award, which is awarded on their customers’ experiences, that was the real feather in their cap.

“We feel we are achieving our main goal, happy clients, because that’s what it’s all about.”


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