Contemporary admin and lab building by Calder Stewart Construction for milk product company Synlait

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Multi-faceted construction of reception, office building, glass linking corridors and new cafe using Euro-Tray metal, concrete and glass

Contemporary admin and lab building by Calder Stewart Construction for milk product company Synlait


One of the complexities of delivering a large project is co-ordinating the various trades. However, the right team may have the internal resources to save on time, budget, logistics, and peace of mind.

So it was with Calder Stewart's comprehensive base build for state-of-the-play dairy processing company Synlait, located forty minutes outside Christchurch. The multi-faceted project involved everything from a new combined administration and research laboratory, a new reception building, and various connecting corridors to a complete revamp of part of the original administration building as a vibrant, light-filled staff café.

Calder Stewart's many companies and products utilised on the project included Calder Stewart Construction for the overall design and build package; Calder Stewart Roofing for supply of the distinctive profiled metal roof and wall cladding – using the firm's own Euro-Tray® cladding; and Calder Stewart Precast for the precast concrete supply. Then there was Calder Stewart ReoXpress for the reinforcing and Calder Stewart Distribution transporting materials and plant to site.

Lead designer for Calder Stewart on the project Kieran Cooper says that having these companies as a part of the umbrella firm helped provide a well-integrated solution for Synlait.

With a drive for building innovation, a strong sense of traditional business values and an overall commitment to ‘building it the right way', Calder Stewart has been a recognised leader in the New Zealand building industry for over a generation.


"With a workforce of over 500 staff, we have the expertise and resources to deliver a wide range of technically demanding projects across the industrial, commercial, and rural construction sectors."

For further information, contact Calder Stewart Construction, phone (03) 417 9777, or visit the

First published date: 10 May 2016

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