Business South May 2021

| 37 Action Scaffolding Action team keeping with rising demand T Kelly Deeks Action Scaffolding - “scaffolding built from a builder’s point of view.” CONTRACTING Proud to be associated with Action Scaffolding Ltd 68 Mandeville Street, Christchurch Phone 03 943 0111 Email Website Accounting Services • Business Advice • Taxation Advice All Tax Returns • Cashflows • Budgeting • Trusts LEADING UNIFORM AND PPE SUPPLIER FOR OVER 26 YEARS I I I Free phone 0508 967 543 Check out our website: Westpeak - NZ owned brand. All Westpeak products come with a 1 year guarantee. NEW LIGHTWEIGHT STRETCHY WESTPEAK TROUSERS. INTRODUCING THE WESTPEAK WOMENS RANGE! Our first Womens shirt has arrived. • TTMC Womens Shirt • AS/NZ saftey standard • Ripstop • Double stitching WORKPACK EXPRESS Are you frustrated with the lack of control over your staff uniform and PPE spend? Workpack Express gives you the tools for complete control. User-friendly Uniform Management System. Core advantages: • Save YOU time - Our priority • Never go over budget • Never forget a size • Health & Safety. E X P R E S S WorkPack Loved by hardworking Kiwi’s • T54J are the Lightest, most comfortable work trousers • 3% stretch for safety when climbing on and off machinery • Proven toughest on the market • NZ best seller W ith a hard-earned and well-de- served reputation for providing efficient and on-time scaffolding, Christchurch’s Action Scaffolding is afforded opportunities to work on some of the city’s most compelling construction projects. One of these was the Sumner Surf Lifesav- ing Club, where Action Scaffolding had the rare opportunity and tough challenge of scaf- folding right on the sand and into the sea. “I don’t know if anyone has done that before,” says Action Scaffolding managing director Mark Backhouse. “We have scaffolded out of the river before to repair one of the bridges, but the river didn’t have waves com- ing in and undermining the scaffolding.” The 460sqm building, designed by Wilson and Hill Architects and built by Miles Construc- tion, is a grand design that blends in with its landscape. With curved roofs, sloping walls, and angled soffits, the challenge to Action Scaffolding was to scaffold around many different angles. Action Scaffolding’s reputation for safe and secure scaffolding, efficient and on-time, has the company earmarked as a preferred supplier for a number of major Canterbury construction firms. With Miles Construction, Action Scaffolding is now involved in all of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities’ development projects around Christchurch. A great working rela- tionship means Miles Construction is assured Action Scaffolding will provide experienced industry specialists and professional services. Action Scaffolding employs a skilled team of 22 scaffolders who work in line with Scaffold- ing and Rigging NZ and WorkSafe legislation. The company continues to increase its num- ber of ticketed scaffolders, with an advanced ticket holder on every gang and half of its staff ticketed to basic or elementary level. A builder by trade, Mark started buying scaf- folding to make his own construction business more efficient. Other builders wanted to use his scaffolding and business took off, so Mark retired from building and started full time management of Action Scaffolding in 2010. “As a builder myself, I know what the builders want from their scaffolding and their supplier,” Mark says. “Our scaffolding is not built from a scaffold- er’s point of view, it’s built from a builder’s point of view.” With a rush of demand after the Canterbury earthquakes, Mark quickly increased his staff and his stock. “We didn’t import it, we bought all New Zealand-made tubes and planks,” he says. “We bought as much locally as we pos- sibly could because I’m Canterbury born and bred, and I’m a firm believer in Canterbury looking after Canterbury, especially after what we’ve been through.” Action Scaffolding now holds considerable worth of stock and with a recent recruitment drive, is keeping up with increasing demand from the local construction industry. A one-stop-shop for all building needs, Ac- tion Scaffolding can also supply skips, tempo- rary fencing, portable toilets, wraps, and nets.