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Repeat business a highlight for firm

Tom O'Leary Dec 12
Repeat business a highlight for firm
The construction of Bidfood’s new distribution centre in Christchurch by Timaru Construction. The 6800 square metre project comprises cool store, chilled store, dry store, elevated loading area and office block

Timaru Construction prides itself on the continuation of good client relationships and its ability in this area has been recently proven, when the company was called back by national wholesale food distributor Bidfood to build a new distribution centre in Christchurch.

Timaru Construction built Bidfood’s Timaru distribution centre in 2016. Bidfood Christchurch general manager Mark McGale says Bidfood knew Timaru Construction was a very capable company which priced well. “It’s a company that understands our business,” Mark says.

“Timaru Construction is a professional team and they’re quick to deal with any problems that may arise.” Bidfood has grown rapidly since it began in 2000 with three branches in Auckland, Hamilton, and Rotorua.

It has made further regional acquisitions to form what is now New Zealand’s largest specialist foodservice distributor and the only company that can offer true national distribution service to multi-site customers.

Bidfood offers an extensive range of wholesale food products, including fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables. Logistics and processing divisions in Auckland and Christchurch allows Bidfood to service its customers’ specific requirements and monitor quality.

Bidfood has grown out of its current Christchurch premises on Port Hills road, and this new facility at Waterloo Business Park offers two times the size, giving Bidfood the capacity and capability to grow into servicing the entire Canterbury region.

“We’ve had good local growth and we’re out there supporting local industry,” Mark says. Bidfood’s Port Hills Road facility will be retained for use in its logistics operation.

The building of this new Peter Swan designed 6800sqm distribution centre comprising cool store, chilled store, dry store, elevated loading area, office block, and yard works began in June and currently tracking to programme, is set to be completed in February. “It’s a big building, and we specialise in big buildings,” says Timaru Construction managing director Graham Cadigan.

At eight months, it’s a tight programme, especially when compared to Bidfood Timaru which was a smaller building with a longer construction programme. But Timaru Construction is well versed in rising to these types of challenges as they tend to be set by repeat clients.“We’ve put as many resources as we can into it,” Graham says.

The distribution centre is a temperature controlled building comprising slab on grade, structural steel, sheet metal roofing and cladding, Alucobond cladding, insulation panel interior, and a two-storey office block. It’s not just a square warehouse.

Two rectangular structures housing dry and chilled storage form an L-shape on siteGraham says the challenge for Timaru Construction is logistical, with the amount of trades that need to be pushed through the project.

“We’ve got the structure, then the cladding, then the chiller panels as well, and then you’ve got all of your fit out. “We need to have certain areas ready on time so the other trades can follow through.”

He says the whole project is a highlight for Timaru Construction, as it celebrates the continuation of a good relationship with its client. “When you do a good job, they look at you for future projects.” Timaru Construction has provided a high quality commercial building service to the South Canterbury district and beyond for the past 12 years.

Originally established by Ross Lund and Lindsay Stowell, Timaru Construction welcomed Graham Cadigan to the team in 2015. Timaru Construction has a staff of about 25 people including administration staff, senior foremen, tradesmen, and apprentices at various levels of the programme.

Repeat business a highlight for firm

One of the the massive concrete wall panels is stood in place. Timaru Construction began work on the distribution centre in June and is on track for completion in February

Timaru Construction is a great place for apprentices to practise a wide range of skills, since the company works on all sorts of projects from earthquake strengthening to large new builds. “We always make sure we have apprentices on the team to ensure the industry always has construction tradesmen coming through,” Graham says.

“To ensure the quality of our tradesmen, we in-vest heavily in our apprentices so when they come out of their apprenticeship, they have had experience of the full spectrum of construction work. This will ensure the future quality of our trades-men in our construction industry.”

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