A look back...
de Geest was established in 1955. The early years focused mainly on home building and light commercial construction.
Between 1970 and 1974 de Geest became involved in the Upper Waitaki Power Scheme where they supplied 549 individual houses to help build the town of Twizel. These houses were fully constructed and finished on an assembly line in a factory, transported to site, and lifted onto their foundations by crane.
Between 1977 and 1979 de Geest supplied 350 houses to Cromwell (Upper Clutha Power Scheme). However, a subtle change took place in the construction method employed. In this case, an innovation that has since been refined and developed to enhance many different situations.
The innovative method was the assembly of houses on-site from factory manufactured components. Complete wardrobe and bathroom units (areas of high labour content), along with wall and ceiling units were constructed in the factory, transported to site, assembled, and completed with a minimum of on-site labour.
30 units were transported to Lake Gun Motor Inn at Te Anau. This was the first use of pre-built bathrooms by de Geest on their own project.
Expansion into supplying office towers ranging from 10 to 41 levels.
Expansion into the Pacific Basin with projects in Vanuatu and Australia completed.
Among the offshore projects completed were the Airport Hilton Hotel, Melbourne, and The Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast, Australia.
de Geest completed two projects in Queenstown, the largest being 84 bathrooms to The Aurum Hotel and Suites, 114 bathrooms to the new Scenic Circle Hotel in Napier, and the refurbishment of 100 rooms at the Gardens Parkroyal and 94 rooms at The Copthorne Hotel, both in Queenstown.
This year de Geest completed the 270 room Holiday Inn, Wellington and the 205 room The Shore Apartments, Queenstown.
de Geest completed 2 projects in Queenstown, 64 Bathrooms at Arthurs point and 84 bathrooms for the Pounamu Prime project.
Projects included St Clair Spa resort, Dunedin, Escarpment & Kingston West, Queenstown.
Currently working on Latimer Hotel, Christchurch
Since 1983 de Geest has supplied over 7500 bathroom units to hotels/motels/apartments/hospitals throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
de Geest have also used their expertise in refurbishing hotels onsite.
de Geest pride themselves on their ability to work with clients to provide the best "PREFABRICATED SOLUTIONS" for their developments.