Young achiever hit building sites at age of 7 then scaled Dubai heights

Published 26 August 2012

The winner of the Institute of Building’s young achiever award, Brendan Lindsey, started going on site with his carpenter father at weekends & in school holidays when he was just 7.


In contrast to that early experience, he’s also worked on some of the world’s biggest projects – as construction manager for Multiplex (UK) Ltd on White City, 199 Knightsbridge & West India Quay in London, and on the Royal Towers and the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Dubai.


Before going overseas, Mr Lindsey worked for Multiplex in Auckland on the Metropolis & other projects. He returned to Auckland after nearly 7 years overseas to start work for Dominion Constructors.


The institute’s supreme award went to Grant Thomas, who was project manager for Hawkins Construction Ltd on its Auckland Art Gallery redevelopment project. He’s also been a winner of the young achiever award, in 2006.




Under $5 million, Hayes Construction Recruitment Specialists award: Excellence, Steve Pankhurst (NZ Strong Ltd, Auckland), Karangahape Rd shelter redevelopment & motorway overpass, Auckland; highly commended, Anthony Leighs & Mark Riddell (Leighs Construction Ltd) & Anton Tritt (The Buchan Group), all Christchurch, Re-Start Christchurch


$5-25 million, Colorsteel Projects award: Excellence, Brandon O’Reilly (NZ Strong, Auckland), Te Wao Nui – Auckland Zoo; highly commended, Richard Ogden (Hawkins Construction Ltd, Wellington), Dulux – Project Firebird, Wellington


$25-50 million, Holcim award: Excellence, Ant Beale (RCP Ltd, Christchurch) & Shawn Cunningham Hawkins Construction, Christchurch), Christchurch Temporary Stadium; highly commended, Richard Joseph (Dominion Constructors Ltd, Auckland), Wynyard Quarter, Auckland


Over $50 million, Davis Langdon award: Excellence, Grant Thomas (Hawkins Construction, Auckland), Auckland Art Gallery redevelopment; highly commended, Lale Ieremia (Arrow International (NZ) Ltd, Christchurch) & Andrew Holmes (Hawkins Construction, Christchurch), Forsyth Barr Stadium precinct, Dunedin


Innovation, James Hardie award: Excellence, Paddy Molloy & Brandon O’Reilly (NZ Strong, Auckland), Te Wao Nui – Auckland Zoo


Sustainability, Steel Construction NZ award: Excellence, Richard Joseph (Dominion Constructors Ltd, Auckland) & Rob Bassett (Bassett Plumbing & Drainage Ltd, Auckland), Wynyard Quarter, Auckland


Young achiever, Progressive Building + Info Link magazine award: Winner, Brendan Lindsey (Dominion Constructors, Auckland); highly commended, Hamish Mowat (Fletcher Construction Ltd, Wellington)


Supreme award, Gib: Grant Thomas (Hawkins Construction, Auckland)


NZIOB Medal: Steve van der Pol (Arrow International).


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Attribution: Awards ceremony, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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