Dormer Construction


Old Calendar Girls Building Demolition

July, 2016

Demolition is underwaymural of the Hereford St Strip Club to make way for the new East Frame Residential development. The well-known mural of Calendar Girls will be missed by many.  Calendar Girls’ General Manager Scott McCormick felt the mural had “done its course and brought excitement to a very sober city at that time”.

Dormer Awarded Tri Ex Health & Safety Award

February, 2016

Dormer Construction was awarded the Tri Ex Health and Safety Award at the Canterbury Civil Contractors Awards in November 2015.

Dormer Construction Ltd have a much focused Site Safety Management Plan that is managed by the Project Managers and the Managing Director. Weekly Toolbox Talk Meetings, Daily Pre Starts, Daily Plant and  Machinery Pre Starts are completed and then DCL Liaise with the Client on any Health and Safety matter’s.  DCL run monthly Health and Safety Meetings for all employees to attend to discuss any matters that have arisen from Pre starts, Site Report cards or to implement new systems/procedures.

Dormer Construction Ltd engage an external Health and Safety consultant Simeon Lucas from Lucas Safety Ltd.

Employee’s are 100% involved in keeping the Workplace a Safe place. Employee’s are trained in procedures, Company Health and Safety and are involved in identifying hazards within the workplace. They are involved with training procedures and HSE Policies within the company.

Site Report cards are used by all staff to capture any Near Misses, Incidents and Accidents that may happen on work sites. These are then logged on to our online system Mango where we capture all Site Report Card information and investigate them accordingly.

DCL have a documented and controlled Site Specific Safety Plan that is used on all projects.

Dormer Construction Ltd were proud to receive this award with Tri Ex at the Civil Contractors Awards as a recognition of there commitment and implementation to Workplace Health and Safety.

Demolition of the Manchester St carpark destroys murals by Chris Finlayson and Dean Blundell.

Spectacular demolition turns car park murals into dust

September, 2015

Murals on the Manchester St car park are being crunched into dust after a call to save the artworks failed. 

Artist Chris Finlayson, who painted the murals in 1995 with Dean Blundell, had hoped the transportation artworks could be saved.

A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) spokesman said last month that any attempt to preserve the murals would come at a significant cost to taxpayers, as they were painted directly on the walls. Read more…

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Car Park Demolition

Manchester St car park demolition continues

September, 2015

The Manchester St car parking building will be dust by the start of November. 

The building had been cordoned off since the February 2011 earthquake and while it had appeared to stand up well, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) said the shear walls had suffered both quake damage and damage caused by engineering investigations. 

Workers started demolishing the structure on August 12 to make room for the widening of Manchester St and proposed eastern frame project. Read more…

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February, 2015

Pete Dormer loves Hitachi hydraulic excavators so much he reckons he’s got orange in his blood.

However it’s not just brand new, shiny machines that get the attention of this Canterbury contractor, whose firm Dormer Construction is a high profile drainage and civil construction specialist in the South Island.

His passion also extends to collecting very early machines made by Hitachi. Five years ago, Pete rescued a Hitachi UH12 excavator, which was about to be scrapped by another Canterbury firm. The machine was originally purchased at an international Japanese construction machine expo in 1976, the year after it was made by March Construction. Read more…

Dormer Awarded ‘Canterbury Contractor Of The Year’ Award

November, 2011

Dormer Construction has been awarded the overall prize of ‘Canterbury Contractor of the Year’ at the prestigious 2011 “New Zealand Federation of Contractors, Canterbury Branch Construction Awards”. Dormer Construction was also awarded ‘Most Progressive Company’ and ‘Company Image’ awards. Dormer Construction has won the overall title previously in 2008. Read more…

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Dormer helping with the Canterbury earthquake cleanup

Old Post Office Falls

June, 2011

An article on the old Kaiapoi Post office demolition. Read More…

Dormer helping with the Canterbury earthquake cleanup

TVNZ Breakfast Interview – 4th March 2011

March, 2011

Pete Dormer has been one of the army of digger drivers carting muck from the streets of Christchurch. View Video…

We need a united vision for city

March, 2011

Article on Christchurch accepting international help to rebuild with photo of Dormer Construction Excavator and ‘the iconic’ leaning Hotel Grand Chancellor. Read More…

Dormer helping with the Canterbury earthquake cleanup

Canterbury Earthquake, 4th September 2010

September, 2010

Dormer Construction features on the front page of the North Canterbury News demolishing part of Blackwells Department Store in Kaiapoi. Dormer Construction is playing a large part in the clean up and repair of water, sewer and demolition of many areas in the Waimakariri and Christchurch district. View Image…