29 January 2017

A purpose-built $12 million home for Alpine Energy and lines company Netcon is set to be built on the company's current site in Washdyke.
Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs said the build would include a two-storey 3000 square metre administrative building, a communications tower, yard operations for Netcon and extra parking facilities. 
"While the building is industrial in nature, it is also modern with its use of open and shared meeting spaces, ensuring staff will work in a comfortable, efficient environment," Tombs said.

The building was scheduled for completion by early 2018. Once finished it would sit behind the existing Netcon building on the company's 5.5 hectare site off Meadows Rd.
The network company had now handed the construction site over to contractors and neighbours, Thompson Construction and Engineering, for initial earth works.
Tombs said the building would consolidate more than 170 Alpine Energy and Netcon staff and operations into one main office block. Currently staff were spread across three buildings and several portacoms on the site.
"We've also removed a number of sheds that had been on the build site, and donated them to local charitable organisations, so, where we can, we are adopting a sustainable approach to repurposing the older buildings as potentially reusable community assets."
The current Alpine Energy offices would eventually be dismantled and removed to provide additional yard space, while the existing Netcon buildings would be retained and used for training purposes.
Thompson construction and design manager John Wilson said the approach to the Alpine Energy office design had been a collaborative one.
"We've effectively taken a fairly simple, industrially-slanted concept and refined it into a modern, purpose-built landmark."

Tombs said it was pleasing to be able to use local construction expertise, supporting the company's ethos of contributing back to the community. 
"In that time we've built a great working relationship with the contractor and we are all looking forward to seeing the building take shape."
Tombs said the company had also received encouraging inquiries around leasing opportunities on a 11,000sqm site beside Elginshire St. The area had been earmarked as a new light industrial park.

Information from: www.stuff.co.nz

8 June 2015

St John Temuka is hoping to raise $100,000 for its new station.
The St John Temuka Area Committee has started a fundraising appeal to ensure the project to build a new station can be completed debt free.
The current building suffered damage after the earthquakes and was in need of replacement as the cost of restrengthening was "prohibitive".

Letters were being distributed to the Temuka community asking for support.
In the letter, chairman Rodger Hilliker said the needs of the community were ever changing and the arrival of two permanent paid staff meant the station, including the team of volunteers, could better cover the Temuka Districts area and backup Geraldine, Fairlie, Pleasant Point and Timaru areas.
He said the committee required the community to support the one-off appeal for funds to ensure the facility was completed debt free.

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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.

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The story of Timaru's new flour mill is on of parchialism, staunchly based on leveraging off local expertise and resources, and seed and grain varieties developed for New Zealand's highly variable environment. Farmers Mill Ltd chairman Murray Turley - a local arable farmer - is confident the new mill will open up a whole lot of opportunities for growers, for South Canterbury, and for the South Island. Turley says the $10-million mill is the result of arable farmers wanting to secure their future after milling-industry control moved overseas and the number of cropping farms within Canterbury shrank as many converted to dairy. Bringing back milling production in South Canterbury was the obvious step, he says. "We knew there was no better way to do this than to get 12 South Canterbury arble farmers to team up, mill their own grain, and work closely with our customers and the New Zealand public."

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