Experienced firm thrives on variety

Experienced firm thrives on variety
HBL Builders does a wide variety of work throughout the Eastern Bay of Plenty region.

Long established Eastern Bay of Plenty building company, HBL Builders prides itself on nailing it, on time every time, says company owner Gary Hunt.
“We are multi disciplined; we have to be working in a smaller region.  We do everything from fixing a sticking door to a new home to light commercial buildings, seismic upgrades and leaky building repairs,” he says.
HBL Builders Ltd started in 1961 making it the longest established building company in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Gary, a quantity surveyor who took over the company about ten years ago, says it is the experience of the team and the trusted reputation that HBL Builders has established that sets it apart.
“We have a good reputation for quality and service,” he says.
“This is coupled with local knowledge, which often speeds up builds, and good relationships with trusted local subcontractors and suppliers.”
The types of projects the company takes on are varied and include building new homes, schools, shops, offices, banks, farm buildings, service stations and cool stores.
“We have worked on projects of all sizes, from small home renovations to large hospital and commercial building upgrades.
“Due to this extensive work portfolio, we have built up the best pool of experience and knowledge in the area,” says Gary.
The company has its own yard and offices at 212 Valley Road, Whakatane, with a spacious showroom and meeting spaces for clients and guests.
Experienced firm thrives on variety
This is also where the company’s range of plant is stored and Gary says that investing in its own equipment allows HBL Builders good control over quality and timing of projects. “Do the job once and do it right is our motto,” he says.
“We have the right management systems in place and a project manager who goes around sites on a daily basis to make sure everything is happening as it should.”
As members of Registered Master Builders, HBL Builders has won a number of awards over the years at the House of the Year competition taking out bronze in the commercial section for its work on Kahunui Remote Campus in Opotiki and first place in the commercial up to $1m section for its work on a project at 2 Kakahoroa Drive in Whakatane.
Another project the company worked on, the Otuawhaki Visitor Centre in Whakatane, took out a New Zealand Institute of Architecture award.
Recently completed projects include a three-bedroom home in Ohope, a new accommodation block at Kahunui for St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, a seismic upgrade of the Bridgestone building in Whakatane and sound proofing work for the Bay of Plenty District Council.
Current projects th company is busy with include an internal fitout of the Opotiki District Council building and an early childhood learning centre in Whakatane.
The building is made from concrete slab, with a mix of timber and structural steel framing, and then clad in colorsteel.
The building comprises two classrooms, staff room, two sleep rooms, a reception and café.
Gary says the project has progressed smoothly, testament to the skills of his team.
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