JUNE Newsletter 2023
EOFY! It’s the middle of the year and it’s been a very cold to start to the winter season here in Canberra with low temperatures and cold winds making working outside a challenge. We have commenced new jobs and taken on new staff, so have a read below of what we have been up to.
Happy birthday to us. Wainwright Facades turns 9!
A word from the director.
Well, here we are in a new financial year. Another year has flown by and it’s been another tough one for the construction industry, but there is light at the end of the tunnel as we try to get back to normality and stability after what feels like a never ending few years of pandemic madness. It’s been a crazy time for builders that have signed up to projects throughout this period on a lump sum basis and then had to deal with labour shortages, supply shortages and price rises. As we have all seen on the news, many companies unfortunately haven’t been able to negotiate their way through this period which has been heart breaking for so many involved, but many have been able to and we are fortunate enough to still keep going today.
I can’t believe it’s been 9 years since I made the decision to start a business. It’s been an absolute roller coaster and the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But starting as a one man band 9 years ago, to now having around 40+ people working every week has been a challenge to say the least, but it’s a challenge I love taking on. I soon realised that growing a business leads to so many challenges that don’t even cross your mind when starting a business. I feel so fortunate to be in the position I am in and get out of bed every morning knowing I have to work harder than the day before to ensure we can continue to grow and prosper in one of the harshest industries to make it in (in my opinion).
In the first 6 months of this year, we have been lucky enough to take on some really good hard-working people who have great intentions and a huge impact in helping us grow and expand. This year we have invested heavily in our manufacturing capabilities with new storage facilities a second CNC machine and new forklift at our workshop in Hume. I can’t wait to see what the second half of 2023 has in store for us as a company with so many exciting opportunities that lie ahead.
DICKSON VILLAGE PROGRESS
Work at our Dickson Village project is rapidly coming towards the final stages. We have light at the end of the tunnel with only a few items left to complete. Scaffold is coming down around the 6-story apartment complex which sits on top of the commercial tenancies on ground floor. It’s been our first project with TP Dynamics and has been a great experience so far. They have a well organised and experienced team on site that ensure a well sequenced, fast paced job which keeps us happy with plenty to do. Wainwright Facades project manager, Evan White, has been instrumental in leading the job. We are looking forward to hopefully working with TP Dynamics again in the future. We have installed over 5,500m2 of various cladding on the project, which includes Barestone, Expresspanel, Vitradual and louvres. We are keen for everyone to see the finished product.
BAPS TEMPLE COMMENCEMENT
This month saw us start one of our most unique projects to date. We have been entrusted to install the facade at the new temple in Taylor for Project Coordination. This project is essentially a pre cast building and then we will install custom made moulds that have been shipped over from India, onto the facade to turn it into a spectacular temple. We have been lucky enough to meet with the Indian clients who have been very generous in giving us gifts and a very warm welcome. We can’t wait to deliver this special project in what will become a very special building. We will keep you updated.
A couple weeks ago saw the first snow dump of the season at our project in Cabramurra, NSW. We had been very lucky to not have been affected by the weather up until this point but then the inevitable happened and it wasn’t long until we had to sit down with Manteena and come up with new strategies and methods to continue works safely. The building consists of over 4000m2 of cladding in which we are contracted to supply and install Vitradual, Lysaght dominion, Lysaght imperial and Lysaght spandek cladding. Pictured is project manager Matty Cole wearing the new Wainwright waterproofs down in Cabramurra.