I had the pleasure of meeting Colin Gregg and Pat McCarthy in 2001 when I managed the development of a 1200 acre sheep and beef finishing unit. They designed and built a wide variety of projects including our architectural homestead, 1350 sqm covered yards designed especially for the finishing unit with high stock through put, cattle yards, landscaping, general maintenance to all buildings from the houses through to haysheds, and whatever needed to be done, even fencing and railing off pivot areas. Farmbuild has been a one stop shop for all of our farm building requirements and the team has made so easier. They have provided all plans required then assisted in the planning and budgeting side of these projects through to the completion. Their knowledge of stock flow and the rural requirements are second to none, and a hard thing to find in todays market. No matter what they are doing they take a lot of pride in their workmanship and build things to last the test of time. Their staff are polite and very approachable with most of them coming from the rural background. It is all of the above reasons that I am still using Farmbuild today on a regular basis some 11 years after first meeting with them.
I have no hesitation in recommending Farmbuild to you and know that you will enjoy the experience as much as I have over the past 11 years.
Peter & Jane Roberts
Colin Gregg employs a staff, consisting of young energetic dedicated builders. They worked late into the night and early mornings. They lived on site and completed our homestead of 550 sqm in five months, from June until October. (Conditions including ice, snow and howling winds!) Kate, Colins wife was also very much part of the team.
There was never a delay for the subcontractors; Colin had them well organized in advance. There was no job too big or too small for Colin and his men. He is a superb organizer and helped us through issues with great tact and diplomacy! Always keeping his sense of humor and would go out of his way to show us examples and ideas.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 months with Colin Gregg resulting in a beautiful home of the highest standard of workmanship; and new friendship.
We would thoroughly recommend them for any project.
Ted and Sandy Phipps
Farmbuild built our new woolshed for us in 2012. They were excellent to work with and very professional and efficient in their management of the project. They have been building woolsheds and farm buildings for years and have a wealth of knowledge and good design ideas to draw on. The overall finish of the shed is a credit to their workmanship and testament to their quality approach to building. We would be happy to recommend them to anyone and certainly keen to use them again for future building projects.
Roy Veronese and Annabel Tripp
Snowdon Station Ltd
We have been using the services of Colin Gregg for the last 20 years. They have been involved in the building of 2 woolsheds, a homestead, a number of farm buildings and cottage renovations.
As a small family run business they are a friendly well organised team. Communication is excellent, workmanship is of a very high standard and jobs are well thought out. They are competent, resourceful and skilled builders.
They have been given very challenging tasks at times but consistently turn out a quality job. Colin, Bruce and their staff have stayed with us many times over the years and our family have enjoyed their company and friendship.
John Douglas – Clifford
The Gregg’s have been coming to Stonyhurst for over 20 years during which time Bruce and Colin have built 2 six stand woolsheds and a 5000 sqft homestead, as well as other numerous jobs on the station.
In building our homestead in 1992, their commitment to detail and excellence of workmanship was evident. It is this high standard and long family history in the trade that has made this team so unique and a pleasure to work with.
The quality and finish of our home has given us great satisfaction and enjoyment.
We would recommend Colin Gregg to anyone wanting a professional and superior service.
Peter and Fiona Douglas – Clifford
I have had the pleasure of knowing both Bruce and Colin for some 10 years now. During this time they have undertaken a variety of jobs for our own business enterprises, from large woolsheds to small renovations. At the wetting of our new woolshed, for example, I described them as among the few remaining craftsmen left, who were capable of not only erecting buildings but also finishing them to a standard that is all too rare.
Colin Gregg, whose father Bruce has retired and who now runs the business and its competent team of builders, is well able to continue this fine tradition. Careful planning, detailed on-site control and prompt completion typify the way Gregg Builders operate, for whom nothing ever appears too much trouble. And so, whether one’s requirements are house and home or larger projects (like farm buildings), I do not think any client will be dissatisfied – indeed, quite the opposite! I commend them to you.
Mendip Hills Station, Parnassus, North Canterbury
We have known Colin Gregg for many years and over than time have had him constructing various buildings for us. Because we knew of the quality of his workmanship and professionalism, we had no hesitation in employing him to build our 440 square metre, architecturally designed house. We are delighted with the result.
During the nine months building period, we were impressed with his attention to detail and pride in his work. He worked well in the rural situation where a lot of forward planning is necessary. He proved to be punctual, energetic and always cheerful and pleasant to work with. He had good rapport with his labourers, organised his time well and kept the site tidy.
We would have no hesitation in recommending him to anybody considering building.
Stuart and Debbie Anderson
A short timeframe with an outstanding result
Willie and Sue Macdonald
Willie and Sue Macdonald own Middlehurst Station, a 17,000 hectare merino sheep and beef farm in rural Marlborough. They were initially unsure if FarmBuild could take on their desired project because their station was so far away from Christchurch – four hours door to door – but as soon as the team arrived for the first consultation, the Macdonalds knew they’d made the right decision.
“When Pat and Colin got out of their truck, I knew they were the right guys for the job,” says Willie. “It was already clear as soon as we met them that they understood farming.”
The Macdonalds wanted a six-stand woolshed for their remote station, and the FarmBuild team looked over the site and Middlehurst’s existing shed, then brought forth some ideas. “What we decided on was a mix of a pre-existing design and internal fit-out, as per FarmBuild’s specs, with a dimension of the design done by us,” says Willie. “It was a combination of what we wanted, and their historic experience.”
A historic country connection
Stonyhurst Station, a historic farming station near Cheviot in the Hurunui District, was founded in 1851 and has a long family legacy attached to it. FarmBuild has been working with the station since 1981, when Bruce Gregg ran the company and his son Colin was an apprentice.
“Bruce and Colin were the only people in the business back then,” says Peter Douglas-Clifford, Stonyhurst’s owner. “They came in and built us a big new woolshed to go alongside a 100-year old shed. We liked their design, we liked how much they understood farming.”
A fire destroyed both sheds a decade later and Colin and Bruce were back quickly with a similar design, incorporating steel grating and Oregon trees from the property. “This was a first for FarmBuild sheds,” Douglas-Clifford says.”