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Building a legacy

Written by Rebecca Williamson

Wanaka construction company CDL Building is celebrating a significant year of accolades and achievements further cementing its reputation in the industry.

The premium residential and commercial build business won four awards at the 2021 Home of the Year Awards, including two for a luxury seven-bedroom home on Wanaka’s Mount Gold Place, as well as a Regional Lifestyle Award and Gold Award (over $2 million) for a high-spec, contemporary house on Mount Barker.

CDL Building and Turnkey Homes managing director Justin Carnie says the recognition is a testament to the high level of expertise, performance and craftmanship inherent in the company’s team.

“Our team is our biggest asset and we are a delighted to receive such prestigious awards in appreciation of our work,” he says. “We are lucky enough to have excellent, meticulous people that are united in the respect they have for the trade, regardless of how long they have been in the building industry.” 

Such an example is the recruitment of CDL Building apprentice Cory O’Regan who recently placed second at the Southern Master Builders’ Apprentice of the Year competition. 

Justin says that along with a highly skilled crew efficient project management and communication are crucial elements of the CDL experience.

“As specialists in progressive, architecturally designed and managed projects we regularly work with clients who want to procure unique or obscure international materials to construct a custom luxury residence or commercial property with unrefuted excellence, Because of this we work very closely with our clients and approach each project as a collaboration. Clear processes and open communication ensure a united and efficient process from conception through to completion.”

An award-winning, trade-qualified builder himself Justin founded CDL in 2005 after an extensive career throughout New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Today, as well as steering the strategic direction of the business and managing a large, growing team, he still has a central role in every CDL Building project and oversees all homes constructed by his company.

“The cornerstone values of CDL are leadership and innovation, which are still as relevant today as they were 15 years ago,” he says. “From our head office to our teams on the ground, these values are integral to the success of every project and enable CDL to lead the building industry with excellence and integrity.” 

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Rebecca Williamson