New brand shows firm’s commitment to Northland – Hillcon

““We’re proud to be one of Northland’s largest construction groups and after 30 years working within the community we felt it was time our brand reflected our growing business.””

Joel Taylor, Hillcon

One of Northland’s largest commercial and industrial construction groups Hill Construction has undergone a significant rebranding, including a name change, reflecting the growth of the company, say directors Joel Taylor and James Senescall.
Now known as HILLCON Group, the company encompasses Coresteel Buildings Northland, Hill Construction and HILLCON Structures.
“We’re proud to be one of Northland’s largest construction groups and after 30 years working within the community we felt it was time our brand reflected our growing business,” explains Joel.
The group’s new offices are located at 121 Port Road in Whangarei and were built by HILLCON Group using an innovative Coresteel Buildings steel frame solution.
“Accuracy and speed are the two key advantages of building with Coresteel.”says James.
“Other advantages to using Coresteel include the fact that Coresteel has the leading structural steel design in the market using New Zealand Steel products,” says James.
“This building demonstrates the vast design possibilities offered by Coresteel,” adds Joel, “making Coresteel the ultimate solution for commercial and industrial steel building construction in Northland.”
While they are excited to showcase the new brand and building, Joel and James also want customers to know that aside from a facelift, the bones of the company are still very much the same and HILLCON Group offers customers a comprehensive raft of building solutions.
The company has a long history in the area.
Hill Construction’s history stretches back to 1983 and it has completed many significant projects in the region including Whangarei Cricket Pavilion, Oceans Resort Tutukaka and the Mark Cromie Motor Group premises.
Hill Construction undertakes a variety of projects including design and build, guaranteed maximum price, tender, negotiated, open book and labour only.
The company offers expertise in site identification and analysis, site acquisition, design, construction and maintenance of buildings.
It also has extensive experience managing complex projects with multiple sub-contractor requirements and working within congested sites and/or live environments.
A new multi-storey office complex is currently underway on Bank Street in Whangarei.
Coresteel Buildings is Northland’s solution for commercial and industrial steel building construction.

The innovative steel building technology has allowed for impressive local builds for companies including PlaceMakers, Kamo Vets, Te Ora Hou, Pirtek, Fonterra, Ballance, Dive Tutukaka, Warren Hay Marine, Marine North, Cracker Jack, Blackwood’s, Ten4 Engineering, Commercial Diesel and many more.
At present Coresteel Buildings Northland is constructing the largest Coresteel building ever made in New Zealand.
The Hermpac facility in Ruakaka will offer over 12,000sqm of floor area. It uses the Coresteel Buildings Tapered Box Beam system, which is manufactured by folding two halves of steel plate and welding them together to form a box.
The Tapered Box Beam is used for spans from 20-75m and the box is tapered through its length, utilising only the amount of steel required, which reduces the weight/cost without affecting structural integrity.
An absence of knee and apex braces means more usable space within the building.
The other main system offered by Coresteel Buildings is a patented Bracketless Portal System constructed using cold formed flat Z450 galvanised coil. Using this system typical clear spans range from 9m to 30m, with no obtrusive knee or apex braces.
“Primary and secondary sections are fully-bolted (not TEK screwed). The system allows steel columns and rafters to be nested together and directly bolted, rather than being joined with a bracket.
“This system produces a stronger connection without the need for additional obtrusive knee-bracing.
“The system supports buildings of virtually any size and allows people to make the most of the internal space of their building,” explains James.
He says both Coresteel Buildings systems make it the obvious choice for commercial and industrial buildings in Northland.
HILLCON Structures is a new venture for HILLCON Group and will be the face of the company’s multistorey building division.
Joel and James say that HILLCON Group is proud to be a Northland business and as such there is a real focus on supporting the local community wherever possible. HILLCON Group is a keen supporter of community teams, events and initiatives alongside national initiatives.
The Group employs around 30 team members plus apprentices along with local contractors making it a significant employer for the region.
In addition, Coresteel Buildings’ Whangarei manufacturing facility produces all structural steel for every one of the group’s Coresteel Buildings projects, improving efficiency and reducing transport costs, while keeping the Northland economy churning.
Joel and James are also proud to be local and boast extensive experience in the construction industry. Both take a hands on approach to the company keeping quality high and projects on time and on budget. James joined the group in 2006, bringing to the table a BSc(Hons) in quantity surveying, and experience working in the UK and New Zealand.
He is also a Licensed Building Practitioner and was a board member of the Northland NZIOB for five years.
In 2016 Joel joined the company and is the point of contact for customers during the management and coordination of HILLCON Group’s projects.
Joel says leading the company forward, creating opportunities and making a positive contribution to the development of Northland is their aim.
“We remain dedicated to the success of our clients and our community.”
Pohe Island Project confirmed.
HILLCON Group is to lead the construction of the Northland Rugby Union’s new Pohe Island development. Construction will start this month.
“After years of planning, we’re excited to work with HILLCON Group to begin construction of our world-class sporting facility on Pohe Island this month,” says Northland Rugby Union cheif executive Cameron Bell.
“Northland Rugby will finally have its own home, and this will play a huge part in keeping our future Taniwha and Kauri playing in Northland, with the potential to also lure some of our big stars home.”
“The new facility also provides opportunities for the wider community, with access to high-performance facilities and testing protocols made possible.
“On a national scale, the facility will be a cornerstone of the 2021 Rugby World Cup which will see 11 games played at Semenoff Stadium and Northland promoted internationally. To say we are excited is an understatement.”
Jole says HILLCON Group is extremely proud to be named as the designer and builder of the NRU facility, which will utilise a Coresteel Buildings structural system.
“We bring extensive commercial construction experience to the table and it’s an honour to work on a building that will benefit the community in so many ways.”

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