Manawatu company Blackley Construction has taken prizes at both ends of the category spectrum, winning both the $0-200,000 and Over $1,000,000 sections at the recent Contractors’ Federation regional awards.
Company founder Graeme Blackley, who began the Blackley Group in 1960, says the awards are a feather in the caps of the teams who worked on the projects. As a past president himself of the Contractors’ Federation and a judge for the national awards, Graeme knows it is often difficult to choose a winner.
“It’s quite prestigious to win these awards and the staff involved can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved,” he says.
The winning project in the $0-200,000 category was overseen by James Christensen (right in picture). Completing the site works for the building footprint and an effluent pond for a three hundred cow barn at Massey University. Blackley Construction not only took home the top prize but also has the satisfaction of having built one of the first effluent ponds in the region that uses a new methodology to keep leakage rates compliant with regional council regulations.
“Many people with many areas of expertise came together to complete this project, which had its challenging times when we got rained off site,” James says with a smile. “But in the end we are all delighted with the win.”
Also praising his team is contract manager of the Over $1,000,000 category win, Sean Faasen (left in picture). Working on windswept ridges near Porirua, he and his band of experts installed 13,000 metres of 33,000-volt cable to keep wind farm turbines turning.
“We were up against some big competition so it’s a great thing for the whole team to win this award,” Sean says. “Having these awards come to Blackley Construction is a great feeling.”
Blackley Construction Media Release, July 2014