Downer Regional Office, Tauriko

Brunel Construction was appointed in 2010 as main contractor for this prestigious project to construct a 1400m2 regional headquarters for Downer. With steel frame and concrete first floor, the building’s facade comprised a mix of precast concrete panels and double glazed curtain walling. Full fit out included glazed internal partitions, suspended ceilings, flexible data and electrical installation and full air-conditioning. The project was completed to a high standard of finish within a programme of 32 weeks and to a budget of $2.0m.

IHC Offices, Gate Pa

As Stage 2 of the Courtney Road development, this project was negotiated with our existing client, designed, building consent obtained and construction completed, all to a tight programme. The fixed date for completion, required because of the expiry of the incoming tenant’s existing lease was never in jeopardy as Brunel completed with time to spare!

The Lofts

Multi Story Building
Main Contractor
The Lady Rose Dairy Ltd
The construction of a new $3m office and restaurant building on The Strand in Tauranga. The Lofts/Lonestar building was built on an extremely tight site on the waterfront in Tauranga whilst maintaining public access to the pavement areas surrounding the site. The adjacent building had to be temporarily supported during construction, which comprised foundations and upper floors constructed with insitu concrete within a steel frame., with a largely glazed façade and high specification cladding systems and fit out of the Lonestar restaurant.
Value: $3.5m
Year: 2013/14
Architect – Fabian Douglas & Associates Ltd – Kent Fabian (09 307 3712)

Harcourts 3rd Ave

Two Storied Office Building
Main Contractor
Martin Family Trust
Brunel were involved at the design stage and secured this contract on a negotiated basis. This new Head Office for Harcourts is an inspirational vision of the owner. The corner building forms an iconic gateway to Tauranga’s CBD along Devonport Road. This profile was recognized early on in the design process by the client and architects resulting in a wrap-around glazed skin with white lattice structure forming a second articulated layer and suspension support for the glazed entry canopy. The external envelope is accentuated by the offset raised seam cladding to both street facades along 3rd Avenue and Devonport Road. The upper level accommodates all the office space for the clients, their administration staff and the dales consultants. The ground floor provides a strong glazed connection to the street for the public, which leads onto the client foyer, purpose designed Auction Room and client interview rooms.
Value: $2.5m
Year: 2014/2015
Architect – First Principles Architects – Graham Price (07 574 6728)

Aspire Gymnasium Bethlehem

Two Storied High Performance Gymnasium
Main Contractor
Waratah Trust
This was a fully Design and Build contract lead by Brunel Construction as the Main Contractor. The opportunity to create a new multi-functional gymnasium and high performance centre arose out of the relationship between the Gym Owner and the All Blacks strength and conditioning Coach. The building has been designed to accommodate a state of the art Health & Sports Club for the community, together with a centre for high performance athletes. This would include codes such as triathlon, swimming, netball, hockey, rugby and soccer. The 2 storey building is 2500m2 in area with large volume spaces for the aerobics studios and main gym, together with more intimate space for RPM classes and Pilates. The 25m indoor heated pool, sauna, spa pool, plunge pool, sports medicine centre and juice bar social area makes this a unique facility throughout the whole of New Zealand and an asset to the local community.
Value: $5m
Year: 2014/2015
Architect – First Principles Architects – Graham Price (07 574 6728)

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143 Maunganui Road

Construction and fit out of five new retail stores, downtown Mount Maunganui. The tight site and surrounding businesses remaining open required careful and sensitive management of the project. With a steel frame and pre-cast concrete panels this attractive modern Ignite designed building is now a land mark at the Mount shops. A delighted client has Brunel involved at the design stage on several other projects.

Lighting Plus

Two existing tenancies were converted in to a single unit with alterations and layout changes for the incoming tenant. By offering options and solutions to suit a tight budget both the Landlord and Tenant were delighted by the quick turn round and result.



Building 50, Tauranga Hospital

Brunel constructed the complete five storey structure of the last major part of Tauranga Hospital’s redevelopment. With a site manager and up to 15 of their own tradesmen on site, Brunel carried out the substructure works, insitu concrete frame and pre-cast floor placing at the rate of a floor every four weeks. Following on Brunel also carried out the carpentry package, a total contract value in excess of $1m.

BOP Polytechnic Administration Building

Brunel carried out the building packages on this $4m contract, including concrete, carpentry, partitioning, ceilings, doors and trims, and aluminium joinery. An excellent outcome led to future work from the delighted client.




Medical Centre, Courtney Road, Gate Pa

This 700m2 two storey medical centre was constructed in 2010 to an 18 week programme. Construction is piled foundations, insitu concrete ground beams and slab and timber frames, the first floor being light weight concrete panels. This building has individual offices, all air-conditioned and was completely fitted out within a budget of $1.1m. Site works included car parks and extensive landscaping.



Matua School

An advantage of directly employing staff is that they are familiar with the special environment of working within an operating school. Naturally police vetting is undertaken. This project was for the construction of a new two classroom block, with associated decking and construction of new fire path.


Pongakawa School

Multi Classroom Learning Studio
Main Contractor
Pongakawa School Board of Trustees
Construction of a new Multi Room Learning Studio
This contract was a traditional Design, Bid Built process secured by Brunel as a competitive tender. Part of a national pilot study as a forerunner to the MOE’s Modern Learning Environment policy and creating new teaching spaces to allow a diversity of use in keeping with modern pedagogy, the learning suite is a unique response to allow two normal and one junior classroom to function around a central shared core space with smaller spaces for individual study, small group study or larger classroom presentations. Sustainable initiatives including strict environmental control measures (air quality, light, insulation, acoustics, and temperature) were all integrated. This was a contact completed on time to budget and to a very high quality.
Value: $763k
Year: 2009/10
Architect – Dimensions – Mike Carter (07 552 4785)


Tauranga Boys College

Construct New Technology Block
Main Contractor
Tauranga Boys College Board of Trustees
Firstly Brunel undertook the demolishing of the existing P Block, E Block, seasonal timber storage shed and the ramp to the south of the O Block. Then the construction of a new Architecturally Designed Technology Block, total area approx. 585m2, with concrete polished floors consisting of a metal work room, carpentry work room and design suit with a mezzanine floor above, includes services and new extraction system. The building is bold and makes a statement yet keeps within the aesthetics of the school and surrounding area. This contract was finished on time, to budget and to the highest standard, with the client wanting Brunel to carry out further works at/for the school.
Value: $1.3m
Year: 2013/14
Architect – Dimensions – Mike Carter (07 552 4785)


Fit Outs

Salon One, Fraser Cove Shopping Centre

This highly regarded award winning hair salon at Fraser Cove was fitted out to a high standard for our delighted client. This was a turnkey project with Brunel carrying out the design from a client brief, obtaining building consent, manufacture of cabinetry and full fit out including installation of client’s specialist equipment.



Metro Pharmacy, Bethlehem Town Centre

One of a number of pharmacy fit out carried out by Brunel under the scrutiny of specialist fit out designers, Indesign. This shop was installed at the new Bethlehem Town Centre; three other stores have been complete re-fits, carried out whilst the shops have remained fully functioning, all for delighted clients.


Structural Strengthening

128 Willow Street

With a deadline to hand over to the incoming tenant, seismic strengthening of this existing pair of shop units was the building owners requirement. The other unit remained trading throughout, requiring steel to be threaded through the roof space from the adjoining tenancy and roof sheeting removed to allow its fixing to the front gable wall. Another complex project as unforeseen structure was uncovered and subsequent foundation re-design failed to prevent completion of the project to the required date. Brunel also carried out the fit out of the Robert Harris café, resulting in two happy clients!

Pumpkin Patch, Fraser Cove

Differential settlement between two buildings required the installation of an additional portal into an existing shop unit. This was required to be carried out whilst the tenant remained trading necessitating the use of a full height dust proof screen giving just 1.5m working space, careful liaison with the shop owner and through the night working. A very difficult job was completed successfully, for a relieved landlord!



Southern Pipeline

Part of the $106m new sewer line being installed in Tauranga are the ancillary buildings and structures required. A number of these have been constructed by Brunel as part of a contract with Downer Works EDI. Our tradesmen are skilled in the fabrication of the complicated formwork, reinforcement placement and high quality placing of concrete specified for these structures.

Bell Road Pump Station, Papamoa

A Brian Perry Civils drainage project required the construction of a dedicated pump station. Brunel were contracted to construct the building, a significant portion of the works being carried out in insitu concrete, blockwork and precast concrete units. Doors, louvres and ancillary items were installed to complete the $80,000 project.