New premises give service a boost
Since its inception in 2009, CS Roofing Southland has continued to grow to the point where the company has outgrown its premises in Mersey St, Invercargill.
The recent move to a much larger building in Ettrick St will help the company better cope with the volume of residential and commercial work it is facing, both present and future, and to provide an even more efficient service to its clients, managing director Keith Ivey says.
“It’s over double the size of our previous building, which we outgrew years ago.”
The larger office and workshop space has been greatly appreciated by the company’s 19 roof and spouting installers, he says.
CS Roofing Southland offers a full range of both supplied and installed products, ranging from metal fascia and spoutings, membrane roofing, residential reroofs and new residential houses, to a range of small to large commercial projects.
The company has installers that specialise in products such as the high-end Eurotray standing seam profiles.
As with any trade, roofing is a specialised skill, with a full qualification involving a two-year NZQA National Certificate in Roofing, which a large number of its installers have or are currently working towards.
Several staff are Licensed Building Practitioners and Keith Ivey has had a longstanding involvementj in the Roofing Association of New Zealand and the Skills ITO roofing board.
Contracts completed in Southland in recent years sound like a roll call of some of the most iconic projects in the province.
Among these are the now world-renowned Bill Richardson Transport World, inner city commercial developments including 24 Don St and Crowe Howarth, the Invercargill Airport terminal, numerous buildings in the Bill Richardson Dr area, plus government contracts including the justice and educational sectors.
A major coup was being awarded a contract to supply and install roofing, gutters, downpipes and wall cladding for Mataura Valley Milk’s $240 million plant near Gore, as a sub-contractor to Ebert Construction; the contract will involve about eight months’ work.
“We had good references and we’ve completed similar sized projects, so [Ebert’s] knew we had the resources.” There are several factors in the ability to win these and other significant contracts.
These include a proven track record of quality workmanship, tertiary level ACC accreditation, SiteWise Green accreditation, positive longstanding relationships with clients, and having the resources able to meet the clients’ construction programmes.
With the firm also owning CS Roofing Queenstown, based in Frankton, there is the ability to shift resources between the two areas to meet contract demands.
These factors are also crucial in being able to tender for and win government contracts through a rigorous process which requires an extensive health and safety policy, the preparation of sitespecific documentation, and police vetting.
While commercial work is a big part of the business in terms of turnover, by volume 55% of work completed is residential reroofs or new houses.
With the desire to give back to the community the company made a decision in 2012 that a donation would be made to Hospice Southland for every residential roof project. The total donated so far is close to a sum of $38,000.
From their new premises at 24 Ettrick St, CS Roofing Southland looks forward to continuing to provide an efficient and high quality service to their existing and new clients.