Business South March 2024

12 | Tasman: Onus Projects T T Hugh de Lacy A wealth of experience behind group Onus Projects offers a range of construction services for residential, multi-residential, industrial, and commercial projects. REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Nelson’s Onus Projects has been successfully delivering capital works projects in the top half of the South Island for the last 13 years. Coupled with long careers in project and construction management work, having trade backgrounds has provided the team a superior holistic view in ensuring projects are organised well including the quality assurance throughout the life cycle of a project. Onus Projects was founded by Peter Chisholm who had come up through the industry from a carpentry apprenticeship in the 1980s, followed by overseas experience in site management with firms in the United Kingdom and Canada. “I’ve been in the construction industry all my working life, and that’s given me a wealth of experience to apply to the work Onus Projects does today” Peter says. With his apprenticeship behind him, Peter got into construction site management with Arrow International in Queenstown in 1995. He moved to Nelson in 2008, initially to help for just four months on an Arrow International project there, “but I never left, got some roots down in Nelson, started my own company there after about three years, and have never looked back” he says. He started the company with a partner he later bought out, and it now has a staff of four, including himself. Onus’ first project was overseeing the rebuilding and refurbishment of the old and run-down Mapua Hall near Nelson. This was followed up by multi-story work at the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in Nelson, experience which put the company on the path of education-related work that continues to be a large part of the business. It’s presently contracted to handle the Project Management for the Ministry of Education at more than 40 schools in the upper South Island alone. Peter’s work has earned him no fewer than three major titles in the New Zealand Institute of Building’s annual awards, winning the Excellence in Construction award twice and the Excellence in Innovation award once. Peter shares his practical background with the two other project managers he has working with him at Onus, Daniel Miller and Carl Fisher. Both of them have gained a wealth of experience both on and off the tools before eventually joining Peter at Onus, while the fourth member of the staff, Clare Van Eeden, also comes from the construction sector, and is in charge of project support and office administration in the company office in Nelson’s Vanguard Street. “Clare makes things tick for us, and she’s the glue that holds the operation together,” Peter says. “Our work involves taking initial ideas, then developing, and coordinating the design process in collaboration with the clients, then managing procurement, delivery and approvals– the whole package from beginning to end. “Daniel, Carl and I are usually in charge of individual projects but on most jobs we share our knowledge and collaborate as required. “We’re focused on the education sector at the moment and will be for the foreseeable future, but we’re always open to other opportunities as they present themselves.” The company’s experience has included a range of construction services for residential, multi-residential, industrial, and commercial projects delivering “high-quality workmanship and exceptional customer service to meet the diverse needs of our clients.” Onus Projects embodies a collaborative client-focused approach. We thrive on assembling great teams to ensure outstanding service and favourable outcomes for not only our clients but for all project participants. Phone: 03 983 5500 Your Business, Your Industry, Your News. DO OUR READERS KNOW YOU EXIST? MOUTEKA & NELSON BAYS Proudly suppporting Onus Projects (03) 544 6000 72 Oxford Street, Richmond, Nelson (03) 528 7530 23 Old Wharf Road, Motueka Proudly supporting Onus Projects Quality Integrity Craftsmanship 0800 PLUMBING 03 547 4532