BYD Showroom


The new, architecturally designed BYD electric vehicle showroom in Tauranga was managed by Fosters Bay of Plenty construction team. Incorporating a warehouse, yard, office space and showroom, the result is stylish and inviting.

Standout features include polished concrete floors, a black suspended ceiling, designer lighting and a fibreglass faux brick wall that spans the width of the building. New shop front aluminium joinery and a 10m long display joinery unit was also part of the fitout.


About the project

Completed in three months, the project was not without challenges.

The age of the existing structure meant remedial work was required – Fosters added new structural steel members to support the new shopfront joinery and external signage, the existing structural steel had to be painted to stop corrosion.

Due to low-lying land, water egress into the building was also an issue – external walls had to be waterproofed, downpipes redirected, and door barriers installed to help prevent water from entering the building.

The project was delivered on time and on budget.

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Client testimonial

Transforming an old building into a sleek new vehicle dealership in only three months was a big ask, but Fosters made it happen for Ebbett Motor Group.

Fosters was engaged early in the design phase to construct the new BYD electric vehicle showroom at 115 Third Avenue West in Tauranga.

“The Ebbett group already had a very positive relationship with Fosters, who have completed a number of projects (for us), so they were the obvious choice,” Ebbett Tauranga managing director Julian Clements said.

“I must admit, going into it I didn’t see how they were going to achieve it in the timeframe that we wanted, but they did.”


Fosters’ project management capabilities were pivotal to the project’s success, Julian said.

“The communication was excellent all the way through, and that’s probably one of my biggest takeaways, and a reason why I would choose Fosters again.

“Any queries we had were always met with a solution. Fosters handled everything, making the project an easy process.”

One of the world’s fastest growing electric vehicle brands, BYD are delighted with the new dealership.

“It has provided, I would argue, one of the best experiences for BYD customers in New Zealand” says BYD Brand Manager Sheldon Humphries. “And the feedback we’re getting is that it’s providing a unique experience too – it’s an inviting space for people to walk into, with a very nice ambience and atmosphere.”


“I must admit… I didn’t see how they (Fosters) were going to achieve it in the timeframe that we wanted, but they did.”

Julian Clements, Ebbett Tauranga Managing Director

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