A VERSATILE PLAY MAKER
Richie McCaw says he
has chosen to support Versatile – which was established in Christchurch more than 40 years ago – because of the company’s focus on both quality
“I’ve spent a bit of time looking at the company and working with the guys from Versatile,” says Richie McCaw.“And what has impressed me is that they deliver what they say they will – quality, stylish homes and buildings, at a price that makes them accessible to more Kiwis.”
"They are straight-up local guys who ensure nothing is a hassle when choosing or building a Versatile home – that’s why I chose them to build my new house."
Richie McCaw selected the Carrington plan from Versatile’s 40 designs in the homes range, which was built in 2010 at an undisclosed South Island location. "I’ve got a lot on at the moment," says Richie McCaw, "so it was great to have the team from Versatile ready to lend a hand – and the local expertise really helped me with the design, building and consent stages."
Versatile General Manager, Darren Sandford, says the entire team is incredibly proud to have Richie McCaw’s backing.
"We think Richie’s a fantastic ambassador for Versatile, and we’re very pleased to have him as part of our team", says Darren Sandford.
We’re a local company that has been building for Kiwis for over 40 years – and part of a group that builds more for New Zealanders than any other.
We’ve worked hard to make home ownership more accessible to more New Zealanders, while delivering great quality, style and strength.
Mr Sandford says Richie McCaw has spent quite a lot of time getting to know the Versatile team, to ensure he made the right selection before giving his backing to the brand.
"All New Zealanders know, on the rugby field Richie represents strength, determination and performance. And as such a stunning playmaker, he’s also one of the games most versatile players. Off the field, though, he’s a very down-to-earth guy who takes his position as a ambassador for the sport and the country very seriously", says Darren Sandford.
That’s why we’re so excited t
o have him as an ambassador for Versatile. We’re extremely proud to have built him his
DREAM HOME REALITY
Being the owners of a brand new, purpose-built dream home was made reality for one lucky Hamilton couple when
they won the Versatile Buildings’ free home giveaway in June 2010.
The prize – a four bedroom 208m2 Versatile Windsor home, valued at over $250,000 – was presented to Karina and Scott by rugby legend and Versatile brand ambassador Richie McCaw.
“We thought owning our own home – especially a brand new one – was a long way down the track,” says Karina. “Now, we have the perfect home, and it really is a dream come true.
Karina and Scott worked closely with Versatile for eight months to customise their home to their specifications, and were thrilled to show off the final result while taking Richie McCaw on a tour of their home.
“Working with Versatile throughout the building process, we’ve had the chance to really make this home our own, and the team have been so great in customising the house to fit our lifestyle. We want to say a huge thank you to Versatile for making this happen.”
The nationwide competition was part of Versatile’s launch of an expanded range of new homes, which General Manager Darren Sandford says will make home ownership more accessible for all New Zealanders.
“We are thrilled to be able to be a part of this dream for Karina and Scott – it’s fantastic to be able to tell a young couple they have just won their first home from our new range,” says Darren Sandford.
“We believe in making new home ownership more accessible – and more affordable – for more people. With a choice of 40 home designs from a compact 50.4m2 to a spacious 212m2, Versatile homes provide the space, layout and design to fit all Kiwi lifestyles.”
The range of new home designs now offered by Versatile have been developed to suit every location, from inner city section to rural block. Each of the two, three and four bedroom home designs can be tailored to the requirements of individual customers.
NEW PERMANENT HOUSING VILLAGE EASES CHRISTCHURCH MARKET PRESSURE
To help relieve the pressures of a severe accommodation shortage in Christchurch, the Government embarked
on an earthquake recovery initiative to address the issue directly, with temporary housing villages built in Linwood, Kaiapoi and Ra-whiti Domain.
However, a more cost-effective, permanent solution has come out of collaboration between Spanbild, Hawkins Construction and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
While other housing villages in the region have been short-term – constructed on Council-owned land and parks – the development of 18 new houses and 22 apartments in three blocks at Rangers Park in eastern Christchurch is a permanent housing solution.
The $12.5 million development will initially be used by displaced residents whose homes are being repaired or rebuilt due to earthquake damage. The cost will be offset by rent and eventual sale of the homes.
The long-term, permanent nature of the project differentiates Rangers Park from its more temporary counterparts.
HOMES WHEN CHRISTCHURCH PEOPLE NEEDED
When Christchurch families needed a new place to live, Spanbild
took an innovative team approach to creating it
Working with a group of
locally-owned companies to form a unique partnership, Spanbild was able to draw on the capacity of its Christchurch-based factory, and the designs created for its Versatile range
as the framework for 250 temporary homes.
Working for the Department
of Housing and Building in a joint venture partnership with Hawkins Construction and Fulton Hogan, Spanbild was
able to provide a safe and comfortable new home for hundreds of local people.
The homes, in Linwood and Kaiapoi, cater for some of
the worst affected residents
of the city, offering temporary accommodation while they
find new homes or have their properties repaired. A mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses, the villages will be
used for up to two years.
Constructed over just 8 weeks, working with Fulton Hogan
and Hawkins Construction, the temporary villages have won plaudits from the community and new residents, who began taking up residence in July.
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