Fletcher Construction

The Fletcher Construction Company Limited is a New Zealand construction company[1] and a subsidiary of Fletcher Building. Together with Higgins Contractors Ltd it makes up the Construction division of Fletcher Building. Fletcher Construction is widely known in New Zealand, and has delivered various iconic projects including constructing the Auckland Sky Tower.

Fletcher Construction
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryConstruction
Founded1919
Headquarters,
New Zealand
Area served
New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, American Samoa
ServicesConstruction
ParentFletcher Building
Websitewww.fletcherconstruction.co.nz

It has three main business units:

  • Building and interiors
  • South Pacific
  • Infrastructure

HistoryEdit

In 1909 James Fletcher senior, a builder and stonemason from Scotland, began a building business along with Englishman Albert Morris. The firm was known as Fletcher and Morris and received their first commission on 1 June 1909. This was for a double bay wooden villa at Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula and was built for £375 (New Zealand still used British pounds at that time). The house was occupied on 10 November 1909 by local merchant Hubert Green following his marriage to Agnes Galloway. However, they made no profit in this venture.[2] It later became Fletcher Bros.[3] The house, now known as Fletcher House, still stands and is open to the public.[4] However, despite being bailed out by friends their company made a net loss and they had to cease trading in 1910. In January 1911 they revitalised the firm with a bit more financial acumen, building houses in Abbotsford and south Dunedin. In March 1911 they started their first workshop: on Cameron Street next to the railway.[5]

In the summer of 1911 the firm was joined by James' brother William John Fletcher, who was a trained stonemason. He invested $1000 to become an equal partner. On 24 November 1911 they received their first larger (non-domestic) commission: a Coronation Hall for the St Kilda district. This was designed by local architects Mason & Wales.[6]

 
Dominion Farmers' Institute, Wellington, completed 1918

The company was renamed Fletcher Brothers in May 1912 after the departure of Bert Morris, who took fright at their first truly large project: Knox College, Otago. This contract was received through James' in-law Rev Andrew Cameron who was chairman of the building committee.[6]

The company was registered as a limited liability company in May 1916.

In 1917 they renewed their link to architects Mason & Wales in the building of the 102 bed Nurses Home for Otago Hospital.

In 1925 the company headquarters was moved to Auckland, and in 1940 Fletcher Construction became a subsidiary of the Fletcher Holdings group, which listed on the share market that year.[3] In 1942, following the resignation of his father to help New Zealand's war effort, James Fletcher junior became managing director of the company. Fletcher junior placed a greater emphasis on the firms building products manufacturing divisions, with Fletcher Construction retaining the core construction business.[7]

In 1981, Fletcher Holdings merged with Challenge Corporation Ltd and Tasman Pulp Paper Ltd to form Fletcher Challenge. Fletcher Building was formed with the split of Fletcher Challenge in 2001.

Major projectsEdit

Major projects have included:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gibson, Anne (6 March 2006). "Red ink reins in builder Mainzeal". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ Pride of Place: A history of the Fletcher Construction Company, Peter Shaw p.4
  3. ^ a b "University of Auckland Business History Project – Fletcher Challenge". University of Auckland. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  4. ^ "The Fletcher House". The Fletcher Trust. Retrieved 1 September 2007.
  5. ^ Pride of Place: A history of the Fletcher Construction Company, Peter Shaw p.5
  6. ^ a b Pride of Place: A history of the Fletcher Construction Company, Peter Shaw p.6
  7. ^ Graeme Hunt (31 August 2007). "Sir James Fletcher, the mild-mannered man of steel". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  8. ^ Building activity. Evening Post. 2 March 1939.
  9. ^ Te Papa Archived 15 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine (from the Fletcher Construction website. Retrieved 25 November 2007.)
  10. ^ Sky City Casino Archived 19 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine (from the Fletcher Construction website. Retrieved 25 November 2007.)
  11. ^ Sky Tower Archived 31 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine (from the Fletcher Construction website. Retrieved 25 November 2007.)
  12. ^ Westpac Stadium Archived 19 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine (from the Fletcher Construction website. Retrieved 25 November 2007.)
  13. ^ Manapouri Archived 19 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine (from the Fletcher Construction website. Retrieved 25 November 2007.)
  14. ^ Upper Harbour Bridge Archived 22 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine (from the Fletcher Construction website. Retrieved 25 November 2007.)
  15. ^ High-Tech Bridge Buildings Hits Fijie.nz magazine, IPENZ, July/August 2007, Page 21
  16. ^ Manukau Harbour Crossing, January 2009NZ Transport Agency newsletter. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  17. ^ "Waterview Connection". from the Fletcher Construction website. Archived from the original on 26 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Fonterra Building". from the Fletcher Construction website. Archived from the original on 26 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Fergusson Wharf". from the Fletcher Construction website. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Hobson Bay Tunnel". from the Fletcher Construction website. Archived from the original on 6 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Momi Bay Resort". from the Fletcher Construction website. Archived from the original on 26 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Fiji Four Long Bridges Project". from the Fletcher Construction website. Archived from the original on 26 January 2017.
  23. ^ "NZICC and Horizon Hotel". Fletcher Construction. Archived from the original on 22 August 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Goldsmith, Paul (2009). Fletchers: A Centennial History of Fletcher Building (hardback). Auckland: Davia Ling Publishing. ISBN 978-1-877378-35-5.
  • Smith, Jack (2009). No Job Too Big: A History of Fletcher Construction, Volume I: 1909-1940 (hardback). Wellington: Steele Roberts. ISBN 978-1-877448-69-0.

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