Many strings to family company’s bow
More than 40 years ago, Archer Construction founder Denis Archer understood the importance of trust and fostering long term relationships, principles that continue to be the very foundation of the company today.
For the past 17 years the business has been run by his son, Kerry, with the support of his wife, Belinda, and has a widely diversified presence in both residential and commercial construction.
As well as having expertise in insulated panel construction and being installers of Bondor and Kingspan products, the company has its own brand of portable buildings, Rapid Rooms.
Adding to this versatility, a year ago Archer Construction became the southern shareholder for Steel Shed Systems which designs and engineers a wide range of steel frame buildings, retail outlets, school buildings, factories, industrial facilities, rural business buildings and more.
Kerry says this investment provides even more offerings for the company’s clients because of the many design and size options available within the Steel Shed Systems range.
“It gives us the opportunity to get into more substantial commercial buildings with the support and systems of a nationally established business.”
This sits nicely alongside the company’s current focus on larger commercial projects, having recently completed a major development for South Island Dairies.
Archer Construction has a long-standing reputation for its insulated panel work in manufacturing, processing, and insulated exterior cladding, completing some notable and large-scale projects.
These include the external cladding of the new base building on the Remarkables ski field as well as the Wanaka Recreation Centre.
A natural diversification from its insulated panel work is Rapid Room Portable Buildings which the company manufactures from insulated sandwich panel for sale or hire.
Options include farming accommodation, residential and commercial on-site office solutions.
The company has also recently experienced growth in providing conventionally built, transport-able solutions for remote tourist locations such as Milford Sound and Walter Peak.
Utilising off-site and modular building techniques the buildings are transported to site, set in place and then completed.
“This ultimately keeps the costs down for our clients while presenting some interesting logistical challenges for us. It’s the type of challenge we have come to enjoy.”
Experienced in building new homes and also undertaking large and small renovations, Kerry is delighted for Archer Construction’s residential work to be been recognised in this year’s House of the Year awards.
It won the Southern Region PlaceMakers New Home $450,000 – $600,000 category for a pavilion-style house built on a two hectare block.
The home features full-height vaulted ceilings matched by full-height glazing in the kitchen and master bedroom.
Judges noted the clever use of hidden steel-work allowing for seamless access from the main living room to a covered deck area.
As a current national board member of Registered Master Builders and also the National vice president, Kerry notes that a nationwide labour shortage and concerns surrounding compliance remain among the most critical issues facing the industry today.
“Compliance and consenting are the two biggest factors; council’s are struggling to keep up with demand and compliance requirements, and long time-frames for inspections have become challenging.”
Because of this, forward planning and good project management are more crucial than ever on any project.
This, plus a focus on quality have enabled the company to stay on top of its game and to attract repeat business.
Regardless of the type of projects undertaken, Kerry says much of Archer Construction’s work is a direct result of its long-standing relationships.
“We aim to be the top-of-mind choice for a client when they undertake their first, second and third project and beyond.
“We aim to keep these fundamental values at the heart of the company while still continuing to expand and deliver exciting new building solutions to existing and new customers.”
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