Business South August 2022

92 | BUILDING Central Otago: Trinity Construction and Projects The high-end project specialists Trinity Construction and Projects’ Lake Hayes-Arrowtown Road build. to page 94 Virginia Wright (03) 445 0305 16 Wolter Cres, Cromwell Proud Supplier for Trinity Construction + Projects A locally owned and operated electrical company that does a great job, every job E T 0274772004 W High End Homes • Architectural lighting • LED lighting Landscape lighting • Home automation • Heating system controls Budget homes • Freeview TV insulations • PV solar systems Telephone and data installations We are proud to offer complete electrical services including: Proud to support Trinity Construction + Projects 19 Enterprise Drive, Wanaka 027 424 8255 Proudly supporting Trinity Construction + Projects While Trinity Construction and Projects officially started in 2012 its two principals had already been living and working in and around Queenstown for more than 15 years. Having trained as a carpenter Roy van Leeuwen worked his way up through the ranks, gaining expertise and experience as a construction manager and quantity surveyor (QS), including providing QS services for the renowned Millbrook for many years. His experience was a good match with Wayne Foley’s accounting background which served him well when he was construction project managing, and developing, premium residential villas and iconic landmarks like Eichart’s Hotel. With them from the beginning has been Guilia Porrelli who had been doing Wayne Foley’s finances for many years before she began as Trinity Construction and Projects’ Financial Controller, then moved into being the General Manager in 2018. The idea behind the company, now supported by numerous successful builds and awards, was to provide a one-stop shop particularly for more high-end projects as Guilia explains. “As opposed to having strictly a construction company which then has an outside project manager and an outside quantity surveyor it was about having multiple disciplines within the one company so somebody could come to us and say, ‘I have this piece of land what do I do now?’ “We have the ability to say ‘we can introduce you to some architects, and to help you through the resource consent process. “We can give estimations and costs and pricing once you get your architectural drawings done, and we can help you through that process to begin with. We can build the thing for you right through to hand-over, or we can do any one of those pieces individually’.” While not strictly speaking a family business they adhere to the same principles: mutual care and respect for staff and clients alike. The resulting long-term relationships with staff speak for themselves as does the number of repeat clients coming to Trinity when there’s another project to be done. Along with the 30 staff employed on building sites and the six in the office they always have five or six apprentices. It’s a way of navigating the constant threat of labour shortages and giving back to the industry at the same time. “We’re not just building for ourselves but for the building industry and wanting to see good quality people out there,” says Guilia. Trinity Construction and Projects have adapted and changed along with the market over the years so that they now focus more on projects and project management than on development per se. They largely work in the $3m-plus house space with their average house $4-$6m up to as much as $10m with the square meterage anything from 300 to 1200sqm. “The big boom for the last couple of years has been construction so we’re very involved in that. People come to us at a stage where they might be already talking to an architect, although there are times where they don’t feel that relationship’s working yet, and we can help them with that too,” says Guilia. “We then work with the client, and the architect, at or before the working drawings point, to make sure the build is practical and that when they get on site the plans aren’t unworkable.”