Firm stamps its mark on Marlborough
Blenheim-based firm T&D Construction Ltd could rightly lay claim to building most of Blenheim during the past four-plus decades.
From prominent commercial properties in and around its central business district to school buildings, winery buildings, exclusive homes in the Marlborough Sounds and elsewhere, the company has indelibly made its mark on the local landscape for generations to come.
Director Geoff Morgan has contributed to this legacy and says part of the success of T&D Construction. “It’s how the industry should work.”
Work won through a tender process does not always produce the best outcome for clients, a fact that has been highlighted by the collapse of some large nationwide firms, he says.
For T&D Construction, having a process in which margins are openly discussed with some clients, means there is an honest relationship in which the both the company and the client ultimately benefits.
“You can control your quality and your subcontractors because you’ve got the ability to pick the ones you know are going to give you a good job.
“When you go into a tender situation you’ve got to pick the cheapest and they’re not always the best.”
While T&D Construction does accept tender work, this process is also carefully managed to ensure a quality outcome on each project.
As a well-resourced company employing 40 trade staff in Blenheim and 16 in Christchurch, T&D Construction has the proven ability to both under-take and project manage work of almost any scale, including multi-level buildings.
One of the biggest changes Geoff has seen in Marlborough over the past 40 years has been the emergence of the massive wine industry.
Consequently, the company has many winery clients and has developed an in-depth knowledge of this industry.
Thirty years ago, a 50,000 litre wine tank was considered to be large; today wineries have tanks of 550,000 litre capacity.
T&D Construction’s expertise was called on following the earthquake that hit the top of the South Island in November 2016.
It was vital for the wineries to be operational for the harvest in the following autumn, Geoff says.
“We were basically on four sites within three days of the earthquake.”
The pressure to deliver what was needed, quality was massive as T & D Construction was inundated with work, but it was able to meet this demand by bringing in subcontractors.
One of the wineries, Yealands, is one of its long-term winery clients.
“They are a loyal client to us and their construction project manager, Peter Mann, is always well organised.”
The company’s location means that construction of houses in the Marlborough Sounds, where there is no road access, has also been an area of specialisation.
T&D Construction has been a member of Registered Master Builders since 1977.
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