Constructure gifts $10,000 to Canterbury Down Syndrome Association for 10th anniversary

Constructure prides itself on doing things right and doing the right thing. The company wants to stick to that philosophy when it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The company has decided not to splash out on the customary party with staff and customers, but instead Constructure will share its success by gifting $10,000 to a local charity.

That figure is not chosen randomly but symbolises the 10,000 completed projects that the team is closing in on rapidly. They are working around the clock to reach that symbolic mark before their official anniversary date on April 18, 2018.

After consulting with staff about charities with a personal connection, the team has selected the Canterbury Down Syndrome Association (CDSA) as Constructure’s charity of choice.

“Some of our customers may be disappointed on missing out on a celebration, but instead we want to invite our clients to put the cherry on top of our anniversary cake and make a small contribution to the Canterbury Down Syndrome Association,” says Director Cory Bedford, who founded Constructure in 2008.

“It would be fantastic if we can double the donation to $20,000.”

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CDSA chairperson Diane Mulholland said her organisation was overwhelmed by the “very generous donation” to the Canterbury Down Syndrome Association.

“We are very grateful for this donation so we are able to continue to provide support, education, and advocacy to our members, families, and community. We really value this support coming from within the Canterbury community,” said Mrs. Mulholland.

The announcement was made on March 21, World Down Syndrome Day, which made this day even more special for the Canterbury Down Syndrome community.

Over the past decade, Constructure has steadily expanded to 25 staff members across their Christchurch and Auckland offices.

Their geographical footprint extends across the nation, from holiday homes on Great Barrier Island to Arrowtown, commercial buildings in Auckland & Christchurch, large apartments in Nelson and even projects all the way to Fiji.

Constructure has been part of several award-winning designs and offers extensive experience in commercial and residential projects, as well as multi-units and out-of-the-box non-property projects that require innovative ideas.

Cory is proud of the reputation the Constructure team has created around New Zealand. “But if we look at our recent growth rate, the next 10 years could even be more exciting.


Constructure staff enjoys the delights of Auckland on their annual team trip

The Constructure team can be forgiven if they struggled to get back to business after the company had taken their famous annual staff outings to new heights.

This year, the staff from around the country gathered for three action packed days with culinary and cultural highlights, as well as the traditional physical challenges.

After several years of biking and hiking excursions around different parts of the country, the team this year changed tack with several water-based activities.

The first day of the long weekend, however, was all about relaxing and team-building with a treasure hunt on Waiheke Island finishing with the food and fine wines of the Mudbrick Winery.

The team enjoying their lunch looking out of the Hauraki Gulf.

The following day, the team was treated to a fishing charter and some nice swimming spots in the Hauraki Gulf. Thankfully the limited success with the fishing rods did not affect the big dinner.

Instead, the directors decided to thank the staff for their hard work over the year with a dining extravaganza in Cassia, the top restaurant in Auckland as voted by Metro magazine.

“Constructure is growing from strength to strength, thanks to the outstanding work of our people in Christchurch and Auckland, so we thought it was appropriate to show them our appreciation with a really special night,” said company director Cory Bedford.

In true Cory-style though, he was not going to let the staff off that easy and had a long line of kayaks waiting for them the following day for a trip down the Puhoi River. The afternoon was less exhausting with a visit to the Sculpture park at Brick Bay.

With several football tragics on staff, the weekend concluded with a mini-match in Victoria Park.

“It got pretty intense,” says Cory while rubbing a particularly sore knee. “Three days later, I was still hobbling around.”



Constructure reputation grows across Auckland market

Good service and delivering on time is proving to be a winning formula for structural engineering firm Constructure as their footprint extends across the country.

The company was launched in 2008 by Christchurch engineer Cory Bedford, and less than a decade later, his team has designed over 8000 residential and commercial buildings across New Zealand.

Constructure’s rapidly expanding Auckland office was recently commissioned with a complex, architectural design by architect Paul Clarke on Great Barrier Island. Another recent Paul Clarke design attracted rave reviews after it featured on New Zealand Grand Designs.

“To be picked by Paul to work on this project is terrific recognition of our work and growing reputation in the Auckland market,” says Mr Bedford, whose work has been recognised in eight award-winning buildings.

Constructure continues to expand in the South Island, with around 20 staff in the Christchurch office, but the growth has been even faster in the North since opening an Auckland office two years ago.

The growing demand forced the team to switch to bigger premises in Ponsonby where the engineers look after various projects from Housing New Zealand multi-unit residential developments to high-end architectural work.

Constructure’s Auckland-based team has also been working on projects at the New Zealand Navy base in Devonport, Fonterra’s corporate head office, the Rangitoto College new technology block, AJ Hackett Sky Jump site on the Sky Tower and numerous other commercial developments.

Alongside the Auckland expansion, Constructure continues to grow in the Canterbury region, despite the slowdown in the residential housing boom.

“Our client base keeps growing, so I think our strong reputation has protected us from the softening of the housing market in Canterbury,” says Mr Bedford.

Constructure team conquers Abel Tasman track

The Constructure team has recharged the batteries for another busy year with their annual staff field trip.

The Christchurch-based structural engineering firm is not only rapidly growing in size but also developing a reputation for its successful staff trips to create stronger personal relationship, get some exercise, and most of all, have some fun away from the office.

This year, the company decided to return to the Abel Tasman National Park which had proven to be a staff favourite on a previous outing.


Sixteen members of the Constructure team signed up to walk the entire length of the Abel Tasman track, guided by local experts from Wilsons.

Owner Cory Bedford says that the size of the company’s Auckland office is increasing constantly since it opened two years ago, so this gathering was a great opportunity to bring his South Island and North Island teams together.

“We flew three of our Auckland staff to the South Island and they really enjoyed getting to know the rest of the crew a bit better,” says Mr Bedford.

“Some of them talk to each other on the phone on an almost daily basis, but when you all have an amazing experience like this together, you get to know each other in a completely different way. It’s just great team-building,” says Mr Bedford.

Once the weary legs had reached Mairehau on the southern point of the Abel Tasman track, the team headed to Nelson to also give the arms good work-out with a paddle board session on the scenic local harbour.

Mr Bedford says the team really seemed to enjoy themselves and that they appreciated the company giving staff the time to get away from the office.

“The annual trips are good fun and great for team morale. The staff get to know each other outside of the office and I think it is helping our company to retain staff,” says Mr Bedford.

“Most importantly, the whole week away, nobody was allowed to talk about work.”





Multiple awards for Lichfield Street Young Architects Design

Constructure’s collaboration with Young Architects to turn former Global Culture warehouse into new offices has earned a number of awards of the annual delivered a host of awards at the Architects Designers NZ function in Auckland.

Constructure renovated and strengthened the building to 100% of new building code, with feature structural steel frames and ply. The Corten cladding provides a distinct aesthetic that claimed a regional interior design award and spot among national finalists at the awards night.


Constructure opens Auckland Office to deal with growing demand

Constructure has opened an Auckland office to bring its successful formula of expertise and client service to the biggest market in the country.
Constructure originated in Christchurch, but has a national footprint with over 7000 completed residential and commercial projects from Northland to Queenstown.
In less than seven years, owner Cory Bedford has created a well-respected multi-million dollar business with 18 staff, based on simple principles of customer focus and reliability.

“We are not the only good engineers in the country, but our dedication to our clients and delivering what we promise and when we promise, has proven to be extremely attractive to customers,” says Mr Bedford. “It is easy to make promises, but not always easy to deliver on those promises.”

To deliver on their commitments, Constructure has developed its own unique tracking system for all its projects, where individual engineers are responsible for the projects and identify and fix any complications instantly.

“That way we can respond quickly, but more importantly, we can also keep our clients abreast at every step,” says Mr Bedford who personally supervises all ongoing projects.

Constructure recently opened a second office in Auckland to deal with the growing demand in the City of Sails, both in residential and commercial construction.

The Auckland team is led by respected local structural engineer James Knight, and Mr Bedford expects to be moving into bigger offices in the middle of next year for his expanding team.

Mr Bedford is excited to have a presence in the Auckland market that continues to grow. “We have been dealing with large volumes of work and complex issues, during the peak of the Christchurch rebuild, and we now want to offer those skills and expertise to Auckland based architects, builders and designers.”

Constructure Team Tackles Otago Rail Trail on annual staff trip

Central Otago Rail Trail. Started in Clyde and rode through to Middlemarch – a total of 152km staying on the trail for 3 nights. We then went though the Taieri Gorge railway to Dunedin and watched the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr stadium.

House of the Year Award for Constructure Project in Northland

Constructure has joined Northland builders Bella Homes in celebrating winning Registered Master Builders National House of the Year 2014 for this wonderful home in Moureesees Bay. This stunning site designed by Darren O’Neill, features multiple large cantilevers, while several UC steel beams are used to create the first floor overhang to the front of the garage.

Builder, Bella Homes claimed the National House of the Year 2014 for most Sustainable Home and also picked up the Gold Reserve Award 2014.

Constructure partners with Young Architects on award-winning units

For the second year running, a successful collaboration with the Young Architects firm has earned Constructure awards at the Architects Designers NZ awards night.

The multi-unit on Gloucester Street was judged to be the best design in the Canterbury region and a national finalist among the best designs in the country.

Constructure Team completes Abel Tasman track on staff trip

The Constructure staff completed a three-day guided walk of the entire Abel Tasman National Park with Wilsons, staying at their lodges and enjoying the walk and sea kayak adventures. A night in Nelson ended the trip.