CONSTRUCTION » Barfoote Construction
Volume 16 | Issue 1
Concrete supplier in high demand Karen Phelps As the need for building product accelerates in New Zealand, Whangarei-based Barfoote Construction has been in demand supplying precast concrete panels to markets such as Auckland, Palmerston, the Waikato as well as local Whangarei and Northland projects. The company will supply 700 panels for the new Summerset Retirement Village under construction in Hobsonville and concrete stairs for the new New Zealand International Convention Centre. “It’s all about quality,” says company director Trevor Barfoote, explaining why the company’s product is so in demand. “We offer one of the most modern facilities in Northland for manufacturing precast concrete and structural steel. As well as manufacturing
and delivering the products to site, our team can, if required, erect and fix them into place taking total ownership of this element of the project. This often results in better quality control and is more cost effective for clients,” he says. At the company’s dedicated precast concrete and engineering facility it builds all the precast concrete and structural steel components required for a project then transports these to site. With over 450sqm of steel casting tables and a 15 tonne overhead gantry crane with nine metres under the hook and 96 metres of travel, the company can tackle large projects. Barfoote Construction has a welding capacity for structural steel to 500 amps meaning it can handle very sizable components. Barfoote can also offer clients a full design service including 3D rendering proposed designs onto site photographs so clients can see that the
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“We offer one of the most modern facilities in Northland for manufacturing precast concrete and structural steel ... our team can, if required, erect and fix them into place.” building sits well with the landscape, says Trevor who says this is an example of the company’s ‘can do’ attitude. “This attitude has been a big factor in the type of work we take on and the growth of our company. One thing about this company is that we like to have a go at anything. “Each project has its own unique points and we get passionately involved.” But it’s not only products that Barfoote Construction supplies – it is firstly a construction company specialising in any building and structure, particularly those that incorporate a
large amount of concrete and steel due to its inhouse capabilities. This has seen the company work for clients in the commercial, industrial, infrastructure, agricultural and specialist residential markets. Over the years it has completed a wide variety of projects including warehouses, factories, office buildings and shopping complexes. Barfoote Construction was started in 1989 from small beginnings. The company’s expertise secured it a good reputation from the outset, resulting in continued growth, which has led it to where it is today.