Diverse firm continuing to prosper
Auckland based civil contracting company First Civil is under the new ownership of Rhys Faleafa who plans to build on the company’s reputation of getting the job done for customers.
A Chartered Accountant by trade, Rhys brings a strong financial focus to the business, which he believes will increase efficiencies for the benefit of customers.
“Our value proposition is to be nimble and cost effective. We have a flat structure and an experienced team so we can be responsive, flexible and efficient,” he explains.
First Civil was started in 2016 by engineer Ben Shea and experienced driller Keiran Tucker, both of whom still play a strong advisory role in the company.
Rhys says the company has an extremely experience team of staff capable of delivering what the customer requires.
“The best thing we can do is price competitively to give the customer great value, and then do a great job. Our team are true specialists in what they do and that results in great outcomes for our clients and leads to repeat business. Our main focus is to make the overall job easier for our clients by taking care of our part.”
While First Civil can undertake any civil works on a project, including drainlaying, excavation and driveways, it has built up considerable expertise in piling and retaining walls.
It now offers seven dedicated crews with the knowledge and skills to get the job done.
“We specialise in retaining and piling – timber pole walls, steel beams and block walls – and all types of piling work,” explains Rhys.
“We regularly undertake large subdivision works and major infrastructure projects, as well as slip repairs and small lot retaining works. First Civil also offer design and build options.”
With a range of specialised equipment and skilled foremen, Rhys says that the team at First Civil can tackle any project.
Equipment varies from 20 tonnes excavators right down to four tonnes and can drill up to 700mm in diametres and over ten metres deep.
The company supplies services to a range of clients including large infrastructure companies, builders, housing developers and private home owners to name but a few.
Customers include M3 Civil, JW Neill, TCD, G Mundy Construction, JFC and Cato.
Rhys’ past roles over his career have included general manger of Huffer as well as owning numerous businesses meaning he brings a great deal of business acumen to First Civil.
With his head for figures Rhys’ role in the company focuses on quoting, estimating and liaising with clients, and he has a new experienced operations manager, Brian Tague.
He says health and safety is a priority and the company is a member of Site Safe.
Rhys says he is looking for opportunities to expand and grow the business in a way that can continue to add value to its valued clients.
“We have built a strong reputation with our clients for providing the best value and project outcomes and we aim to ensure continual growth based on repeat custom and industry recommendations from satisfied clients.”
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