- Posted Monday, 4 August 2014 -
- In Articles
born Bret Nixon, director of Nixon Build, and his team of twenty have developed
a new focus in the North Queensland region over the last four years. This multi award winning company received
recognition based on the delivery of quality workmanship side by side with
employee development. Now well
recognised and respected in the Townsville region Nixon Build is forging ahead
with emphasis on a number of elements which Bret considers to represent the
future in the domestic sector of the construction industry. Although the lion’s share of their revenue
comes from domestic renovations and specialised housing, they also have a
committed focus toward the commercial sector.
However, for the purpose of this article we are focusing on necessary
change in domestic construction and retro work to existing buildings.
reputation derives from delivering quality renovation at an affordable rate,
without compromising aesthetic value in a property. There are many tricks of the trade which
distinguish satisfactory from excellent.
Bret and his team of highly skilled employees cover a large range of
activities within the industry.
"It is not just
about skill, it is skill with the right attitude which counts. If you do not look forward to getting up to
go to work then you are in the wrong job” says Bret. "Our employees are enthusiastic and take
ownership of their respective tasks; it is a joy to be in their presence and
observe the development of projects throughout the year. I am pleased to say they embrace their
position with respect not only for a job well done but also for the skills of
their colleagues. I believe that it is
this synergy which gives us results and makes this point of difference for us”.
The future in
building, whether it be new-builds or renovation work, must focus around
resilience and efficiency. Understanding design so that we can, in a
natural way, cool a building, provide ventilation and produce something which looks
and feels good without costing the earth. We focus on these points whether we are
doing a small extension, a renovation or an architectural new build. If you are spending the money let’s not just
optimize what you get in square metres, let’s provide the most efficient use of
material and the best looking result” said Bret.
speciality is to provide an integrated service from first enquiry, through
design, engineering and construction to hand-over; a turn-key service which
eliminates or at least minimises the stress which can be involved in a
construction project. Those who have
lived with it will understand that this is a highly regulated industry with
many road blocks if you are not familiar with the pathway. The reality TV shows put an exciting spin on
renovating but reality it is not.
To help control
cost and programme commitments, Nixon Build’s team includes internal
electrical, plumbing and carpentry. Many
of the tradesmen are qualified builders in their own right and bring invaluable
skill and knowledge to a project. It
has been well recognised that the skill level in Queensland has diminished over
the recent decades. Nixon Build is
committed to training apprentices in electrics, carpentry and other disciplines. The company has recently engaged
Construction Skills Queensland to develop a training programme which will
provide an opportunity for all company employees to engage in
post-apprenticeship training and industry certification including management
and administration. Our training
programme also includes a serious commitment to providing work experience with
local schools and training organisations such as Tec NQ, TAFE and Gtec.
Nixon Build is
also committed to an indigenous training programme having been nominated as the
primary builder for Gtec, a state government supported programme for indigenous
individuals in the construction industry.
Many of the enrolled students spend time on Nixon Build projects to gain
experience and to help them become work ready.
The company’s workforce includes a meaningful number of indigenous
employees. "Our most recent performance
review conducted by an external human resource company confirmed that some of
our most valuable employees are indigenous” said Bret. I am not only proud of
their commitment to their position and the company; these guys are ambassadors
for the indigenous community and I would like to encourage any employer to
support their training in skill based trades.
It is imperative to our future to have solid representation from the
younger generation of that community”
Nixon Build also
encourages women to demonstrate their ability and their potential in what has
been seen traditionally as a male dominated industry. Nixon Build is proud of the HIA Business
Partner Award for North Queensland won by employee Vicki Carter, the Business
Manager in 2015. Also the Master
Builders Women in Construction Award won by its Contracts Administrator Christine
Kong in 2014. In addition the company
employs a female Quantity Surveyor and Office Manager.
Build is a relatively small company it strives to progress by embracing work
methods and technology which best suit today’s environment. Our homes will be the power house of the
future and our thinking needs to be about optimising efficiency and the best
use of technology, Bret explained. We
are living in a competitive world where prices are compared both locally and
globally. The new norm will be about sustainable and
resilient construction and living. The
future of our planet is dependent on our attitude to design and minimising our
carbon footprint with the construction industry relying on plantation timber
and recycled materials which are branded to have a long life with structural
integrity. "We all have a
responsibility to do what is right not what is easy and it is this change in
attitude which will be the catalyst for a new and sustainable future”, Bret