As CDL continues to develop and procure innovative and challenging high end architectural residential projects, the opportunity to enter the commercial construction market became seemingly inevitable. This was in response to the continued enquiry from our consultants and clients to be involved with commercial projects that “have a bit of flair”
Whilst the challenges of budgets, timeframes, project management and client liaison for commercial construction remains similar to that in the residential market, there are marked differences that exist within the commercial building market. Managing Director, Justin Carnie, has had experience in luxury commercial development in the United Kingdom from early on in his career, so he understands the considerable differences and challenges in both markets well.
The costs for even comparatively sized residential and commercial developments are vastly different. There are a number of reasons for this. Material selection, maintaining and gaining compliance, and the experience of staff can all make a difference when it comes to cost. Commercial construction projects are typically run on tight schedules, so labouring experience can become markedly important to ensure that project deliverables are met. Therefore understanding the specific skill set and attributes of our staff, all contribute to the management of the project and given timeframes. There are many important factors common amongst successful, established businesses. These being: trust, proven ability to deliver projects of similar complexity and value and in desired timelines and developing relationships with architects and developers. An important one in a busy market, having the locally based team – not directed by an Auckland / Chch office; not only internally but with subcontractors. It takes time to form these relationships and align with subcontractors and suppliers that can deliver the standards we expect.
Wanaka is currently experiencing unprecedented growth and is an exciting location to be involved in luxury and commercial construction. CDL is well placed and experienced to offer service in commercial construction and are actively involved in the competitive tender market. We believe this keeps us fresh, competitive and up to date with the latest innovations nationally and internationally, therefore an all round a winning combination for our clients.
CDL’s commercial division is hitting the ground running in 2018, taking on the re-development of the old police station in Helwick St “The Precinct”