THE FOCUS TEAM
GROUP HEAD OFFICE
Focus Construction Group consists of four individual companies, covering key aspects of commercial construction, interior fitouts, remediation and reinstatement requirements. Each of the four companies stands independently but also works cohesively with the other companies; providing integrated end-to-end solutions.
We work closely and cohesively with you to deliver your unique vision.
The company stands by its name – with a focus on quality, from the projects' inception through to completion. What sets us apart is our genuine can-do partnership approach, allowing us to really understand what you want and then deliver on your vision. And because we truly get it, we work towards the best result - over and above merely following a rigid list of pre-agreed project tasks.
This ensures the process is flexible and easy, delivering results that provide the best possible outcome with the least amount of hassle. We believe that getting the job done properly from the outset, is the best solution for all parties.
Our building construction team specialise in ‘low-rise’ commercial and industrial projects, with experience in light industrial, residential development and small to medium size commercial building construction projects.
Our interiors constructon and fitout team are leaders in the field, with substantial and varied category experience including: large corporates, major banks, high-end retail outlets, medical, and educational institutions.
Focus has its own patented interior partitioning system, developed by founder Barry Plumpton. In December 2007 we commenced laying Netfloor raised access flooring systems and are now the exclusive distributor of all Netfloor products throughout New Zealand.
Our remediation team are geared for seismic strengthening and the repair and recladding of leaky buildings, with extensive experience in both commercial and government sectors.
Our reinstatements team specialise in interior and exterior building repair and reinstatement to original condition, after damage caused by fire, water or other insurance-related causes.
Focus was founded by Barry and Alicia Plumpton in September 1999. Like many kiwi business success stories, Focus was launched from Barry’s garage. Now consisting of four specialised companies, Focus Construction Group has became a leading name in commercial construction projects and is based in an impressive purpose-built building with a prominent position beside Auckland’s North Western Motorway.
Barry is a qualified Quantity Surveyor and leads a team of other highly experienced Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers, who like Barry have more than 20 years experience as construction industry professionals.
As Managing Director of Focus Construction Group Limited, Barry has used his technical, management and leadership skills to grow Focus into a successful, multi-million dollar business, having also developed his own patented aluminium partitioning system. Drive, determination, innovation, team leadership and coaching are the qualities that Barry has brought to Focus’ success.
In 2013, Mike Dixon and Nick Whittaker joined Barry as shareholders and company directors, a move signaling Barry’s commitment to growth - whilst continuing Focus’ personal approach to client partnerships.
Focus offers the complete construction package, from general maintenance and alteration work, refurbishments, new office & retail fitout, right through to medium size construction projects. Our experienced and personable team are focused on bringing your vision to life. Currently this includes: Quantity Surveyors, Contracts Managers, Foremen, and teams of carpenters, partition erectors and other sub-trade workers. All are either Focus employees, or are hand-picked contractors and all live up to the high standards Focus expect of people in their employment.
Working on projects whilst people continue to go about their business and ensuring minimal disruption, often requiring us to work in areas that require hoarding off from public, and out of hours works. This is one of our strengths and we can offer many references.
The very nature of our business means we often have to consider how our presence may affect the safety and productivity of companies’ employees and/or the public. This may require the erecting of hoardings to avoid possible noise and dust issues, redirecting of foot traffic away from where contractors are working and ensuring stringent deadlines are met - in many cases we are required to work after hours. This is one of the many strengths our clients comment on after a projects completion and are often referred to in references.
As a hands-on privately owned company, we are consistently able to deliver a very high standard of service . This is achieved by making experienced management decisions on the spot. Whilst our ready access to quality contractors means we have sufficient resources to undertake any fitout or medium sized construction project.
At Focus we believe each client and their project are unique and as a result each is treated with the individual care and attention they deserve. Key to the success of each project is appointing a suitable and experienced Contracts Manager/Supervisor and working Site Foreman, who are actively involved in the day-to-day management and reporting. Where and when required, additional supervision is put in place for specialised trades. Focus is also able to deliver what many of our competitors can’t, that being our comprehensive and cost-effective Project Completion Service. After each projects completion Focus offer all clients access to a reliable handy-man service. This way general maintenance duties and odd-jobs are taken care off without incurring large expense. Preventative maintenance such as this avoids small issues becoming big and costly.
At Focus you can rest assured that we will always provide solutions, not problems or excuses. We take extreme pride in the quality of service and finish that we offer, demanding the same from all employees and subcontractors employed across all the Group’s companies.
We are a professional and competitive businesses focussed on offering our customers the best overall package and are happy to provide any budgeting advice you may require.
What sets us apart from other construction companies is our genuine can-do partnership approach, allowing us to really understand what you want and deliver on your vision. And because we truly get it, we work towards the best result - over and above merely following a rigid list of pre-agreed project tasks. This ensures the entire construction process is flexible and easy, delivering results that provide the best possible outcome with the least amount of hassle.
At Focus we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and where practicable apply these principals to every project:
Some examples of this include:
Safety is paramount at Focus and as a result we have a comprehensive Health and Safety Policy. This is also backed up by all employees having site safe accreditation and a culture of “a Safe Site is a Good Site”. At Focus, a key aim is zero-accident projects. This has been successfully achieved on 99% of all our contracts, with only one deep cut accident in the last 10 years.
All subcontractors are inducted onto sites and made aware of site specific hazards. We also hold regular “tool box” meetings to discuss upcoming events and plan in advance how to minimise any risk. Our Staff all wear company branded shirts & High-visibility vests ensuring they are easily identifiable. These measures are backed up by regular onsite “spot checks” from the Contracts Manager and Health and Safety Officer.
We also engage on a contract basis an independent Health & Safety Management Consultant to assist on specialist sites, and also provide random independent monitoring to ensure our high standards are maintained.
For education sector contracts and on occupied sites, additional hazard protection and isolations are required, as the occupants in some cases may not be able to read or understand English, and therefore may not be aware of any eminent dangers. Here we completely isolate all work areas with temporary fixed fencing barriers, as well as providing clear hazard danger signage. Also (depending on site condition and client requests) we provide an initial and then periodic briefing to the occupants/pupils, to further educate them on the dangers of building sites when work is going on and also after hours dangers.
We have our own customised comprehensive safety management plan, as well as a master plan and subcontractor/employee handbook for general information. These contain all standard site safety and hazard identification forms and where required, copies of any specialist material safety data sheets would be given to the client/school to be kept on file.
Focus operates with our own tailored and comprehensive Quality Assurance policy, which again can be provided on request. In summary it includes the following:
This Focus Construction Group Quality Assurance Plan, has a direct affect or how we operate on a day to day basis and the quality of product and service we consistently deliver. This is another reason why we have such a large number of repeat clients.
Although Health and Safety are paramount and with an exemplary low to no injury track record, in our line of work insurances are mandatory. Focus operates with insurance arranged through our Broker, ACM Ahlers, with policies underwritten through Vero Insurance New Zealand limited.
Focus hold Broadform (Public) Liability Insurance with a $20 million blanket cover. We also maintain blanket cover through Annual Contract Works Insurance which is based on our annual turnover for any contract up to $750,000.00. We extend this policy value when larger contracts are undertaken.
Established in 1999, Focus operates in a positive cash flow position with a robust Balance Sheet. As a result Focus is financially stable, profitable and debt free, ownings its own premises, plant, vehicles & equipment. Focus Trades without bank funding or overdraft facility. Should they be required Focus is able to provide significant Performance Bonds through our banker Westpac.