Property and Construction | AD Architecture/Hanna Construction
Hanna Construction John Hanna has one simple instruction for his team — to remember that when you’re building someone’s home you are creating their most important asset, so it should be of no lesser standard than you would accept yourself. It may be a simple ethos, but this focus on professionalism and quality has stood Hanna Construction in good stead throughout its nearly 30 years in operation. “We don’t do second best, we do it right the first time,” John Hanna says. The Wellington based company specialises in the building of new homes and renovations of both commercial and residential properties in and around the Wellington region. It also specialises in the refurbishment of educational services. However, over the years the team has also worked on apartments, alterations and shop fit outs. They thrive on versatility and a challenge. “We like working with clients and the best part is the accolades we get from them, for not only our company but for our employees. “We carried out a major renovation of Government House a number of years ago for the Queen’s visit, back when Sir Paul Reeves was Governor-General. “Once we were cleaning up the foyer at night and Sir Paul came down and commented to the staff we were cleanest tradesmen he’d ever had in the house. It was a good compliment from a nice gentleman like him.”
A master builder Hanna Construction has been a member of the Master Builders Association for 22 years and is proud of it. Becoming a Master Builder is a process — building experience, trade or professional qualifications and practical
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management experience are all assessed. Workmanship is inspected and previous clients contacted, to ensure the applicant’s work is of a high standard and has satisfied clients’ expectations.
“This is an organisation that’s got a 100 year old reputation and strong ethics to it. That’s what people want these days, stability,” Hanna says.
Re-certification of members occurs regularly, with checks on financial viability and their workmanship. Buildings done by Master Builders offer a seven year guarantee.
Builders Association. While he was there, he started the Master Builders Apprentice of the Year award. He has now retired from his duties, but was “very proud” to see his son, a current Hanna Construction apprentice, win the title last year.
More than just being a member, Hanna recently stepped down from serving 12 years on the executive for the Wellington Master
Even though it is a small company, Hanna Construction has won a number of awards over the years at the Master Builders Awards.
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