Downer NZ’s purchase of The Roading Company

On May 1st 2019 The Roading Company (TRC) will be joining Downer NZ. Downer has acquired the assets and business of TRC and we will be joining the Transport Technology stream in Downer’s Transport Services.

Fletcher Cranfield, our General Manager who continues to lead TRC at Downer, explained that “this is an exciting time for our business and a great opportunity for us to broaden our expertise and work with Downer to offer an even greater level of service to our clients.”

“TRC is a proud Kiwi company that provides specialist road construction and mobile crushing services across the Otago/Southland region. This is a great fit with Downer and we look forward to working with the team. We will be keeping the TRC brand and running the company as its own independent unit,” said Murray Robertson (GM Transport Technology).

TRC has been operating in Southland and Otago for 16 years and has a very experienced team with strong project and contract management expertise. The team at TRC pride themselves on working collaboratively with clients, engineers and the wider project team to achieve best for project results. Downer Executive GM Craig West cemented the value of the joining of the two businesses and highlighted “that Downer has a long and proud history in the South Island that can be traced back more than a century.”

The Roading Company look forward to working with you all.


The Roading Company has been successfully involved in major roading projects for NZTA, Local Government, DOC, subdivision and site works projects throughout Southland and Otago regions. We are proud of our reputation for completing a vast range of projects safely, to a high standard, on time and on budget.

Our Mobile Crushing Plant Operation produces various roading, drainage aggregate and sealing chip from several sites throughout Southland and Otago for our business and to supply the local market.

Our programme of work ahead continues to remain steady with recent projects awarded to the company. This is largely a reflection of the quality of our work and recognition within the industry that the skills and expertise of our staff, provides the client with value for money.

Project Management and Key Personnel
The Roading Company has strong project and contract management resources and coordinates all construction activities onsite. Our staff have vast experience in the project management and construction supervision of civil projects.

Our site staff have a high level of experience in their field. Our pavement construction and earthworks teams operating throughout the regions are led by supervisors with many years of experience and highly skilled plant operators.

The administration team ensures smooth management of business operations including accounts payable and payroll, plant administration, tendering and contract management, quality assurance and health and safety administration.

Company Systems
Our company systems combined with the management skills and experience of our staff provide our clients with a highly professional management system, ensuring the smooth delivery of all projects. We take full ownership of the project and actively manage all subcontractors and internal resources to ensure a cohesively constructed project is delivered.

We are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for workers and for people affected by our work. The company is SiteWise Green Status certified and continues to focus on health and safety excellence in the workplace.

Our staff are trained in Workplace First Aid, Site Safe, ConstructSafe Tier 1 and the majority of roading site staff are NZTA Level 1 STMS trained. We are vigilant with traffic management on our sites and strive to ensure the highest level of safety on all projects. Further industry related training is also undertaken regularly.


Recently Completed Projects
Since 2003 we have successfully completed a vast number of major roading and civil projects throughout the regions, for the following key clients:

  • NZTA (Prequalified Construction Level 4B)
  • Southland District Council
  • Invercargill City Council
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council
  • Waitaki District Council
  • Clutha District Council
  • Department of Conservation
  • Gore District Council
  • Central Otago District Council
  • Ashburton District Council
  • Waimakariri District Council
  • Selwyn District Council
  • Private Developers


Our Mobile Crushing Operation crews have completed crushing at several sites throughout Southland and Otago over the past season, producing various roading, drainage aggregate and sealing chip for our business and to supply the local market.

Recent Feedback
We are proud of the positive feedback we receive from clients, consultants and the public on projects we have completed and our staff’s work ethic, including: 

Following the completion of a road upgrade in Invercargill, the consultant involved with the project commented in a post contract survey: ….

” I wish all contractors made things as easy as The Roading Company. Nothing is ever a problem and they have common sense which is a rare combination. Site staff are excellent and well experienced in the roles they are each undertaking and single minded and proud of the end product they produce. The communication was excellent and thorough, formally documented/recorded when required …. I look forward to my next contract with The Roading Company”.

The client representative for a Southland District Council project completed by The Roading Company commented at completion:
….” Due to the timing of the contract and works, within the winter period, I was impressed with The Roading Company’s efficiency and quality given the winter conditions. TRC has proved to be a reliable and easy contractor to deal with.”

The client representative for a new carpark, road and walking tracks we constructed in Southland said:
….” Have to say that the work The Roading Company have completed at Curio Bay looks awesome, thank you.”

The client for a new carpark we constructed near Arrowtown sent us a message to say: ….” please pass on our thanks for a great job by all the boys.”

The client for a Wanaka subdivision project completed commented at the project completion:
….” I want to say WELL DONE to you and your team in the job you all have done. I appreciate the way you have put extra soil below those trees that were shifted and the tidy way you have left the site. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company and will certainly contact you in the future when we will be requiring roading work done. Thanks again, please pass on my thanks to Ross and his team.”

Comments received for our work completing a cycle trail project near Queenstown from a trail user:
….”I must say the surface on the trail either side of Thompsons Hill is outstanding.  They have done an amazing job – almost like riding on concrete.”

A resident living near a road rehabilitation site we completed in the Waitaki district wrote:
“… The Roading Company are to be complemented on all aspects; information about the work and then noting our concerns regarding driveway access were appreciated. The job was run efficiently by Pete and his crew on site and thanks to Fletcher for the engineering management.”

A council representative inspecting a subdivision project in Wanaka during construction works commented:
“ …. weekly inspections have been conducted throughout the project and it must be noted that the construction crew have maintained a consistently high performance level ….”

The council representative for a road seal extension project in the Waimakariri district commented they were happy with the quality of our finish, including the following comments:
“The Roading Company staff are experienced road builders who demonstrated a thorough knowledge of construction techniques. The finished product is of a high standard and well received by the principal and local residents. Traffic management was of a good standard.” We received some feedback from one of the residents which was very positive.  Thanks for your good work on this contract.  I enjoyed working with you (Fletcher) and Peter”.

A Department of Conservation Representative wrote:
…”Thank you and your team and Andrew of Carpentry South for your efforts and input to this project. The sites receive good feedback from the public and are a credit to your staff.”

A spokesperson for the ‘The Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust’ wrote:
“ …. we would like to acknowledge what a great job the Roading Company have done in Harbour Street.  They were efficient, co-operative and every evening left the road in a tidy and usable condition. Harbour Street businesses coped extremely well with the disruption and I didn't have any negative comments.  Visitors didn't seem put off by having to walk behind barriers and signage was useful in letting them know that Harbour Street was open for business …..”

The client of a new subdivision near Arrowtown we constructed wrote:
“ … I would just like to thank you for the great work on the civils at Ayrburn over the winter … “

A spokesperson for the ‘Southland Riding for the Disabled’ wrote:
“Thank you so much for our wonderful re-furbished car park. We are truly grateful for your time and energy in getting completed so quickly”.

A Queenstown resident wrote to us following the work on a road pavement upgrade:
“….. I wanted to pass on my appreciation for the wonderful team that work for your company. During the weeks that they were working on the road they were always friendly, polite and helpful. They frequently went out of their way to make sure that resident access was disrupted to a minimum. Always with a smile and a cheery word - despite working some very cold mornings. They have done a fabulous job matching up my existing driveway with the new road. They are an absolute credit to your organisation. Please pass on my thanks to your team.”

The Wanaka Airport Manager was extremely pleased with the new car park recently constructed by TRC and sent the following message:
“Just wanted to pass on my thanks to Ross and the guys for the car park project. Your standard of workmanship was 1st class the whole way through, along with the guys co operation of working around AIR NZ passengers and alternative parking. My sincere thanks to you all for a project well done.”

Pleasing Interim PACE reports with high scores have been received for recent projects completed for NZTA. Comments from the client representative for a road rehabilitation project we completed included:
“The Roading Company and its staff exhibited a high level of competency throughout the contract period. Their efficient work saw the project completed slightly ahead of programme. Traffic control was well managed and amended their plan to suit conditions particularly as the busy Thornbury/Waimatuku intersection. Overall the project was well managed and was completed within the available budget.”
Following the successful upgrade of the Lake Esplanade & Beach Street project in Queenstown, the project team was chosen as a finalist in the 2011 NZ Roading Excellence Awards. The QLDC CEO wrote the following in support of this nomination:
“The Lake Esplanade and Beach Street Upgrade project represented one of the most high profile projects undertaken by our Council in recent years. The site is unique in terms of the diversity of its customers and includes hoteliers, visitors, residents, tourism operators, all day parking and the flow of some 10,000 cars, buses and trucks per day. Lake Esplanade serves as the only link to the busy suburbs of Fernhill and Sunshine Bay and as such, is a critical route. In addition, the site and adjacent recreation reserve are important amenity features on our lakefront and the aesthetics of the finished project had to fit with that environment.
The project has been received as a tremendous success by the community and we are delighted with the results. Throughout the works the project team consistently put the customer first. This was evident in their planning, public consultation and the methodology with which they undertook the work. During the project the site was perceived as busy but highly organised, no mean feat given the complexity of the work and the challenges presented along the way. The speed at which the project was completed was also very impressive. It is a credit to the team that no complaints were received about the traffic management or the project in general. Since its completion, positive feedback has been received from road users, business operators and residents alike. The project stands as an example of what can be achieved with the right team in place, focused on delivering excellence and great value.”

We continue to strive to meet our client expectations on all projects throughout the regions over the construction season.


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