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Keeping up with demand in Manawatu

Kim Stewart Oct 10
Keeping up with demand in Manawatu
G.J. Gardner Manawatu/Horowhenua focuses on producing house and land packages that qualify for the KiwiSaver HomeStart grant.

G.J. Gardner Manawatu/Horowhenua has the systems in place to increase capacity and keep up with the demand for new housing in the region, says Trevor Low, one of the owners of G.J. Gardner Manawatu/Horowhenua.

“We have very strong systems and management procedures and this is coming to the fore now that there is pressure on the building industry. We have a great team that can ensure builds are completed in a timely manner,” he says.

G.J. Gardner Manawatu/Horowhenua employs a construction manager who directs three supervisors, based in Ohau/Levin, Palmerston North and Manawatu, who are each responsible for a number of builds. This gives good control over timing and quality of projects.

Trevor says this enables the company to stick to its promise to commence a build within 10 days of receiving consents and complete the build within 120 days setting G.J. Gardner apart in the industry.

He says the company is targeting growth and is building a new show home in Ohau at 73 Muhunoa East Road to cater to the rapidly growing region.

Located just five minutes south of Levin, Ohau is becoming popular. The 210sqm show home includes four bedrooms, a media room, two bathrooms and a double garage.

It is clad in aerated concrete, plaster and Stria board and is based on the generic design of the Salinger plan.

It will complement the franchise’s show home in Pacific Drive, Palmerston North, which is an adaption of the Faraday design from the family range of G.J. Gardner floor plans.

Keeping up with demand in Manawatu

G.J. Gardner Manawatu/Horowhenua remains focused on building to very high standards by using the G.J. Gardner system combined with the nationwide buying power it offers.

This show home has targeted the demographics of the area recognizing family and professional couples. Featuring bonded brick and Linea weatherboard it gives an up-market look for a great price, says Trevor.

G.J. Gardner Manawatu/Horowhenua is offering house and land packages in Pacific Drive and will shortly bring to market house and land packages in Ashhurst, another growth area in the region.

Trevor says he is passionate about helping Kiwis into their first home and the company focuses on producing house and land packages that qualify for the KiwiSaver HomeStart grant.

“We have focused on developing house and land packages for first home buyers, which suit government and bank requirements.

Provincial areas combined with KiwiSaver can provide first home buyers with the ability to purchase their first home,” he says.

The Manawatu office opened in Palmerston North in May 2007 and Trevor, and business partner Duncan Palmer of Palmer and Low Construction Ltd, purchased the franchise in 2011.

Both had started out on wages, working for the previous owners and collectively offer clients over 25 years’ experience in the building industry.

Both are proud to be locals through and through. Duncan has a very strong family presence both on a personal and business level in Levin.

Trevor’s links are in the Feilding and Palmerston North area with strong ties to the farming sector through farm family ownership and retail contacts.

Trevor says that part of the business growth strategy has been the development of a Wairarapa based franchise with a proposed opening of a showhome/office early 2018.

“As part of that we have in place two sales people (Pip and Nolan Mackie) who are already on the ground working with potential clients while the construction of ten builds are underway in various stages of completion,” he says. Trevor says that the property market in Manawatu is “hot” right now.

G.J. Gardner Manawatu/Horowhenua covers a large area including Foxton, Foxton Beach, Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe, Feilding, Palmerston North, Levin and Apiti.

Trevor says G.J. Gardner Manawatu/Horowhenua remains focused on building to very high standards by using the G.J. Gardner system combined with the nationwide buying power it offers while delivering at a local level with the use of local sub-contractors.

This ensures that the franchise continues producing top quality homes, built on time, and on budget playing a key part in the huge growth of the region.

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