Big Project for Washdyke firm

A Washdyke company has landed the contract for constructing a multi-million dollar shopping complex in Rangiora next year.

Thompson Construction & Engineering will start the $8 million development in January and it is expected to be completed by November. The 2500-square metre complex at the recently completed Arlington Park will comprise 12-14 shops, with 95 car parks, and be anchored bu a restuarant and bar. The Timaru business was handpicked by Du Velle Properties director Geoff Taylor, who was impressed with the work Thompson did as subcontractors on Mitre 10 Mega store on Bank St.

Du Velle owns a number of commerical properties in Timaru."We were pleased with their work and we developed a close working relationship with the family. They work to a high standard and we are pleased to be assoicated with them," Mr Taylor said. Though Thompson has worked on larger buildings, co-director Vaughan Thompson said they were "stoked" to get the Rangiora job. Timaru subcontracts would be used where appropriate. Thompson Engineering was established as a family business by Mr Thompson's father, the late Lindon Thompson, in 1979. Now trading as Thompson Construction & Engineering, with 75 staff, the company uses local suppliers for its concrete and steel. Mr Thompson said the compnay was different from others in the same industry because it covered the entire job from design, steel fabrication and concrete precasting to transporting and erecting the building. Christchurch's rebuild has pushed work towards South Canterbury so the building industry was booming, he said. 

- Written by Esther Ashby-Coventry, The Timaru Hearld 20 November 2013