High quality components and quick construction times have seen Washdyke's Thompson Construction and Engineering secure a multi-million dollar contract for designing and constructing a hospitality and shopping complex at the new Arlington Park residential development in Rangiora.
Construction of the $8 million complex started mid-July this year, and is expected to be completed by November.
The 2500sqm building is constructed of steel portal frames and warpped in precast tilt slab panels fabricated by Thompson Precast.
The complex will comprise 12 to 14 shops with 95 cars parks, and will be anchored by a restaurant and bar.
Developer Geoff Taylor also owns Du Velle Properties, which owns a number of commerical properties in Timaru, including the Mitre 10 Mega store on Bank Street, where Thompson Construction and Engineering had impressed with the quality of precast components it provided as a subcontractor.

A Washdyke company has landed the contract for constructing a multi-million dollar shopping complex in Rangiora next year. Thompson Construction & Engineering will start the $8 million development in January and it is expected to be completed by November.  The 2500-square metre complex at the recently completed Arlington Park will comprise 12-14 shops, with 95 car parks, and be anchored bu a restuarant and bar. The Timaru business was handpicked by Du Velle Properties director Geoff Taylor, who was impressed with the work Thompson did as subcontractors on Mitre 10 Mega store on Bank St.

South Canterbury's Thompson Precast Ltd is offering farmers a practical storage solution to help maintain quality and consistency of stock feed.

The company's concrete Y Panels are used in silage pits as well as grain and fertiliser stores to separate products protecting from contamination.

Thompson Precast Ltd Director Michelle Thompson says changes in agricultural processes means the old soil lined silage pits contaminate feed and cause a loss of quality, particularly prudent with increasing feed costs and more intensive farming styles coming into practice.

“Since the advent of wintering barns and increase number of dairy conversions, we have seen a need in the agriculture industry to protect feed quality as much as possible,” she says. “With rising demand for feed putting pressure on prices, the farmer needs to maximise the return he gets from his supplementary feed including that grown on-farm. This has led to the development of our Y Panels with input from a structural engineer (IPENZ). Benefits of use include maintaining feed quality and consistency, and prevention of water damage and ground contamination to retain the energy (ME) in the feed so the farmer can retain this for the cows.”

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