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Small company with personal touch

Kim Stewart Dec 12
Small company with personal touch
Dixon Projects is currently working on a new warehouse expansion for Griffins Food in Wiri. The 55m x 65m structure with canopy is due for completion in November.

Dixon Projects is working on a warehouse expansion for Griffins Foods at 39 Ash Road, Wiri, Manukau, which has involved demolishing an existing warehouse on site and building a new 55 x 65 metre Coresteel Building’s steel structure with canopy.

Dixon Projects director Paul Dixon says the project required removal of 5000 cubic metres of earth before ramming in timber posts and constructing a concrete pad with steel cage.

The site was then backfilled with 5000 cubic metres of metal compacted with geomesh netting. Precast panels have been erected around the perimeter of the foundation to a height of 2.7 metres.

Paul says by getting involved in the project early Dixon Projects was able to assist with layout and design.

The project is earmarked for completion by the end of November. It is one of a number of projects that Dixon Projects has completed for Griffins Foods over recent years.

The company has installed the pipework, main chambers and concrete platform for a new trade waste treatment plant.

Paul says that digging up 300 metres along a main entry meant the project involved extensive traffic management so the client could continue daily business.

Dixon Projects has also completed a muesli bar line extension, extending the west end of this building to prepare for new plant to be installed.

The site needed to be dug out and backfilled before building could begin. Internal walls were also changed to suit the new layout.

A 1100 square metre Coresteel Building structure was built on the front, which involved removing existing ramps and constructing piled foundations and concrete walls.

Another project for Griffins Foods was removing a 4500 square metre existing roof and associated asbestos then installing a new roof.

This project was undertaken in six stages with scaffolding erected, the section of roof shrink-wrapped then asbestos safely removed. The project took one and a half years to complete.

The company has also built a link between two main buildings on the Griffins Foods site and altered an associated conveyor system.

The roof was lifted and a portal steel extension built on top to raise the roof height for trucks to pass through. Rapid shutter doors with sensor controls were also installed.

Paul says that because Dixon Projects has been working for Griffins Foods for so long the two companies have developed a good working relationship.

He also credits the company’s trusted professional group of subcontractors as a key to a successful outcome.

“Griffins know us well and what we can achieve. We work in with them and it’s a partnership that really works,” he says.

“On this latest project from design we have worked with all the associated subtrades to ensure we are all on the same page and working for the same outcome – a happy client and a project completed on time.”

Dixon Projects has its beginnings in 2004 when Paul, a qualified builder with over 35 years experience, formed his own company.

Dixon Projects undertakes residential and commercial work and services include construction and maintenance.

The company also has its own equipment to complete smaller earthworks projects such as car parking, driveways and retaining walls to offer clients a complete service.

The company employs a small tight team of two project managers plus appropriate subcontractors. “We work alongside our clients from the beginning of each project.

This means we can give advice right from the start to determine cost saving opportunities and ensure the project progresses as smoothly as possible. As a smaller company we offer our clients that important personal touch and enjoy delivering great outcomes.”

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