Master Builders 40 Years Industry Expertise


Proudly South Island owned and operated for over 40 years, ABL is a vastly experienced ‘Builder’ that has evolved and progressed to achieve success on major construction projects through a unique company culture.

Our teams of committed, highly skilled tradesmen, site foremen, construction and project managers ensure an efficient, reliable ‘build’ for our Client’s with outstanding levels of quality and finish.

Our achievements and success on construction projects range from the landmark Sofitel Hotel complex and Millennium Hotel in Queenstown, to the Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Milton Prison, Dunedin Casino, Queenstown Events Centre, Dunedin Town Hall, award winning executive residences along with a broad spectrum of commercial buildings and facilities across the South Island.

The Christchurch earthquakes have highlighted potential risks to some buildings that don't meet the legally acceptable levels for structural stability in the event of further seismic activity. ABL has gained extensive experience in retro-fitting and upgrading existing structures (including heritage and historic buildings) to achieve current structural design requirements.

Design & Build

ABL has a well established. proven approach to manage the design process based on its extensive experience as a ‘builder’ of multi-sector projects during the last 40 years.

The available practical expertise together with specialist Commercial staff and design Managers, gives ABL a position of strength to maximise ‘best for project’ solutions and provide Clients with projects that achieve an acceptable risk profile during design, construction and close out.

ABL ensure that design translates in to build-ability through clearly defined project management hold points, including;
• A clear Client brief
• Thorough site investigation and identification of risks and constraints
• Critical success factors and key project deliverables
• Pre-construction planning and feasibility estimates
• Project Sponsor sign off
• Early input of extensive ‘builder’ knowledge, experience and solutions to concept/feasibility design
• Use of latest innovation and methodologies from New Zealand and overseas
• Robust risk analysis to identify the level of cost certainty and remaining residual risk to the Client
• Established formats to engage and manage designers and consultants with time and cost certainty
• Develop fully resourced and realistic programme and milestone dates to inform decision making
• Activity based risk management, risk mitigation and residual risk controls
• Manage and co-ordinate consents and approvals
• Develop realistic and timely pre-construction information that ‘adds value’ to the builder


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Project Management

A pre-requisite for success on any project, is the ability to co-ordinate the various functions, activities, infra-structure and specialist works packages together with all the vertical build elements of construction. To achieve this, ABL provides dedicated project management to lead and take responsibility for the overall delivery of a project.

These roles are project specific and have technical and project support from ABL appropriate to the residual risk profile and project timeframes. This role works closely with the Client and design teams to provide technical expertise, accountability and take responsibility for seamless construction management.
ABL are also in a position to offer ‘turnkey’ services that provide complete end-to-end solutions from feasibility to project handover and beyond.

Supply Chain

Labour Resources, Management and Supervisory Staff
A key ABL 'point of difference' is that we directly employ a multi-trade workforce in each of the four South Island regions that we operate in.
Our price is more certain and our costs are more predictable. As well as our dedicated labour resources, our management team has a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience acquired in New Zealand and overseas.

Materials and Products
ABL has a local, national and international supply chain for provision of construction materials and products.
Our relationships are long-standing and our credibility is highly regarded within the business community.
As well as delivering projects based upon traditional design using locally sourced and available products, we are also investigating alternative design solutions that improve efficiency, structural integrity and cost effectiveness of buildings to bring a broader range of construction solutions to our offering.

Subcontracting Arrangements
ABL typically engage subcontractors to supplement our own workforce or to carry out works beyond our current in-house capability and also to complete specialist construction packages.
We have mature supply chain arrangements and developed positive working relationships with over 500 subcontractors – a significant number of which we are currently utilising to complete our portfolio of projects across the South Island.

Plant, Equipment and Intellectual Resources
ABL has a significant investment in major plant and equipment, facilities, intellectual property and physical resources to complete all aspects of the project life-cycle.

The ABL Difference

  • Achieving projects on time, quality and cost are a given - we go beyond the 'norm' to solve problems and provide bespoke solutions that 'add value' for our client to each individual project.We help make your feasibility work and become a reality.
  • Long established, proven and reliable reputation.
  • Directly employed trades staff, offering certainty of supply chain.
  • Wide range of experience across most sectors and project types.
  • Well established, loyal subcontractor/supplier base.
  • Flexibility to respond to our clients demand for reliable contractor services from across our strong South Island network.

Our Philosophy and Management Skills

Health & Safety
ABL has, as its first priority, the health, safety and welfare of its employees and all those affected by its activities, including the general public. It is important to us that everyone on our sites goes home without incident at the end of every day. Our approach to health & safety follows the principles of good risk management to eliminate, reduce and minimise residual risks in the workplace.

At ABL, we have an inherent belief in our ability to deliver outstanding projects and customer service that permeates through our culture, our values and our people. For over 40 years, we have developed, challenged and refined our support systems and delivery model with the sole purpose of 'building' and achieving excellence.

ABL has a strong ethos of ownership and responsibility for workmanship that promotes a ‘right first time’ approach to avoid re-work and duplication of effort. This philosophy aims to avoid or minimise defects through the construction process and to achieve a building that performs - with certainty of delivery.

ABL has established a framework for safety, health and environmental management throughout the company to maintain its integrity and credibility within the market place and community.
We have both in-house and associate capability to manage and implement the Green Star environmental rating system and we are committed to providing solutions that exceed the requirements developed by the NZ Green Building Council.

Programme and Risk Profile
Today's construction, design and management has become progressively more complex with greater demand for fast track project delivery. We give our clients 'peace of mind' with a realistic and fully resourced programme to plan for success, control and monitor progress and highlight any potential changes to the project risk profile during design, construction and close out.

Innovation and Adding Value
The best and smartest build solutions are not merely a repeat from experience—they require open thinking without boundaries to explore new technologies and applications that find the optimum delivery for each project…...then provide leadership to achieve it.
Our approach to Design and Construction management is to bring ‘practical builder smarts’ to the table at the outset, underpinning our promise of bringing real value and build-ability to the project.