On a clear blue and sunny South Island afternoon, representatives from the Tuatara Structures team headed to beautiful Riwaka to celebrate the completion of the Thomas Brothers Orchard’s new cool store and packhouse.

A large crew of Thomas Brothers staff, friends and family gathered for a delicious BBQ lunch just outside the new office block and staff quarters. A variety of meats, salads, bread, and drinks were enjoyed by all – including a couple of dogs that were in attendance!

The project’s lead contractor gave the Tuatara team a tour of the impressive facilities. The 3,600m2 build comprises of a cold storage facility with refrigeration and racking included, a loading bay, a canopied outdoor zone, packhouse, office, reception, and staff breakroom and restroom facilities. Tuatara’s design incorporated the required pest protection and a specific area for staff to change in and out of their personal protective equipment.

Bill and Fred Thomas, along with Jordan Frizzell, Tuatara’s MD topped off the celebration with a few words from both. It was pleasing to hear the high praise from the Thomas Brothers, who were “..continually impressed with how easy Tuatara Structures made the building process. None of the challenges we threw at them was a problem, and we were always met with a clever solution, delivered in record time.”

Delivering results to our customers that they are not just satisfied with, but truly blown away by, is what powers our team. It is always a pleasure to be able to visit a completed project in the flesh – especially for those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make it all happen.

Those who attended the celebration left buzzing after an enjoyable afternoon in the sun. We’re all hopeful that the Thomas Brothers new cool store and packhouse facility fulfils all their current needs, and that they’ll be in touch in future as their operations continue to expand.