02 Aug 2020

BOP building industry embracing post-lockdown

Bay of Plenty Golden Homes general manager Saint Whatuira says the construction side of the business is “absolutely crazy at the moment” with enough work on the books to keep his team of builders and contractors fully employed.

“Tauranga City Council was still operating through the lockdown period, and during that time we had 30 consents issued from council, so we knew that we would have to hit the ground running once construction was allowed to recommence.

Saint says the current workload stems from pre-lockdown times and that people are currently weighing up whether to embark on planning a new build.

“Through lockdown construction obviously stopped, although the sales team engaged with potential clients and some chose to proceed with planning their new builds over that time.”

His advice to those wanting to build a new home is to get planning underway as soon as possible.

“The pre-construction process takes time to work through plans, colours and the many options available to our customers. We have a professional and efficient construction team that can accommodate new client builds. We are excited to be able to keep all our contractors and staff busy.”

Saint feels the economic foundations in the Bay of Plenty – and the local building sector – remain strong. Omokoroa and Papamoa continue to be the busiest areas for new builds, says Saint.

“I still feel there’s positivity out there, bank interest rates are very low and the interest from potential new clients confirms that for me.”