As New Zealand’s largest privately owned event management company X-Site expanded, they needed new premises to house their offices and equipment. Fosters were engaged in a design & build capacity for the entire works, including the fitout, and the client couldn’t be happier with the result.

The owner of X-Site is a visual thinker and was involved in the design, which changed as the building was created. He appreciated that Fosters were able to easily accommodate changes on the fly, such as the addition of extra offices, a specialised room to house cutlery and crockery, and a mezzanine/storage area in the warehouse. A ring fence was also added to the design and the external area was entirely asphalted. This kind of flexibility suits the design & build process and the team at X-Site were pleased they chose the approach.

The result is a highly functional and quality building which will serve the needs of the client for the foreseeable future.

The project was completed on time and the cost variations were a result of the design changes initiated by the client – overall this was a fantastic project result for all parties.


“They worked in with the designer to keep costs down, they also managed all the contractors and took every challenge head on.”

Event management group X-Site recently moved into new premises at 5 Sharpe Road, Rukuhia. The brand-new warehouse and office space was built and then custom-fitted by Foster Construction.

Developer Douglas Kemsley’s objective was to construct a quality building that would attract a single tenant. “I took people’s advice to choose a builder first and get them to work with the designer, rather than go to tender with a design” says Douglas.

“That turned out to be good advice. I chose Foster Construction based on their good reputation and the whole process was made easy. They worked in with the designer to keep costs down, they also managed all the contractors and took every challenge head on.”

When X-Site owner Hamish Lamb took on the lease, the build was 99 percent complete. “We needed a considerable fitout completed before we moved in” explains Hamish. “Being a fairly visual person, I designed the layout. The Foster team took those ideas and created exactly what we required.”

The original design was for a warehouse with an attached office. When X-site came in, they required a clear span space within the warehouse, plus an additional locker room, operations office, and a specialised clean room for crockery and cutlery. A mezzanine floor was added for extra storage too. The property design was changed, with a ring fence added and the entire yard asphalted.

“Foster’s accommodated every change we asked for, they were so easy to deal with and quick to respond to any questions – nothing was too much trouble. We’re really pleased with the outcome.” Douglas agrees, “I’m really happy I went with Foster Construction” he concludes. “They did a great job and I would happily work with Fosters again, no question.”

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