BEHIND THE BUCKETS & TRAYS
Brendan Smith and Natasha Matthews are Hibiscus Coast locals and know Auckland’s entire Rodney district well.
Brendan is a builder, starting out in 2001 with his father when they formed BTS Construction.
The couple built their family home at Gulf Harbour and opted to buy a digger and truck to carry out their own extensive excavation on the sloping site. That determined attitude resulted in the foundation of BTS Excavations, in 2014. They wanted to have greater control of the excavation process, to ensure it was completed at the right time and to the builders’ requirements.
BTS Earthworks has invested in earthmoving equipment and importantly, in its people. The workers focus on specific elements of the excavating, trucking, development, concreting and building processes. Younger employees learn the ropes under the guidance of more experienced workers, to ensure the skilled team continues to grow.
The beauty of having a broad-based set of skills in the team is that we can move them to where they are most needed and there is no downtime for us or our clients.Brendan Smith
Where appropriate, employees have rollers, tracks or wheels endorsement on their driver licences. BTS Earthworks follow all erosion, settlement and sediment controls as required by Auckland Council. Site health and safety requirements are taken seriously and all site have specific plans to keep everybody safe.
Brendan and Natasha are completely immersed in the construction industry and even build spec homes in the little bit of spare time they find around family-life.
Specialist for sorting stuff
Matt Mold is the quantity surveyor (QS) and trouble shooter for BTS Earthworks and BTS Construction.
He is the go to guy for the company and their subtrades.
He started out in the industry when he was 15 years old and his lifetime of hands-on experience is invaluable for the network involved in BTS Earthworks’ projects.
Matt has also had some interesting life experiences and it’s worth asking him about his year as a ranger on Tiritiri Matangi.
- Tony Clark – GT Builders
- Thomas Stein – Navigation Homes North Harbour
- Dennis Bunyan – JAL Developments Ltd
“I have known Brendan and Natasha personally for eight years and have worked with them professionally for 18 months – for concrete footings, building retaining walls and driveways.
Their work is always completed efficiently, to a high standard and they are great communicators, not only with me but with the whole team.
I can ring Brendan or Tash and things get done straight away. They are helpful and BTS Earthworks provide great workmanship, by good lads.”
– Tony Clark – GT Builders