In 2010, Phil Brosnan founded Brosnan with the purpose of “making a positive difference” and the desire to build a sustainable business that would last for generations. Following the Canterbury earthquakes, Phil and his brother, Craig, established an office in Christchurch to assist with the region’s rebuild. Between Auckland and Christchurch, our reputation for excellence in building refurbishments and restorations grew. This led to the establishment of an office in Queenstown and, in 2021, we opened our fourth office in Wellington.
From our very first project, the remediation of the Mon Desir Apartments in Auckland, it has been our mission to understand and deliver on the unique needs of each client. In the hundreds of projects since, we’ve learnt that building remediations, refurbishments, restorations, and maintenance can be stressful and disruptive. We understand the challenges these projects can present – we have faced many of them ourselves.
Our Chief Executive, Geoff Nash, has a personal connection to the industry that dates back to his childhood. At five years old, he watched his mum’s new home take shape, laying the foundation for a lifelong passion for construction. A decade later, his mum discovered that she had a leaky home, exposing Geoff to the distress and turmoil that such circumstances can inflict.
Unfortunately, stories like Geoff’s are far from unique. The years spanning from 1991 to 2005 saw the construction of 350,000 homes in New Zealand with glaring deficiencies – untreated timber, direct fixed cladding, untested materials, and flawed architectural choices, leading to what we now recognise as the leaky building crisis, often referred to as nation’s most significant manmade catastrophe. This situation has led to a negative reputation of the industry that those who remain are tasked with changing.
The industry has wrestled with challenges beyond the leaky building crisis. Well-established firms have exited the vertical construction market, succumbing to liquidation or receivership, leaving behind unfinished, subpar buildings, unpaid subcontractors, and invalidated warranties. These issues have impacted the industry and its image has suffered. We know changing public perception requires a concentrated effort.
In our time remediating, refurbishing, and restoring defective buildings, we have seen countless examples of buildings that were not only designed and built poorly, but also poorly maintained. Contributing to and compounding these issues is the fact that many multi-unit residential buildings do not have access to traditional forms of lending to fund their necessary projects.
This challenge presents an exciting opportunity. Those committed to continuous improvement and education, who aren’t afraid to adapt to change, and who will challenge the status quo, have a chance to make a positive difference and restore confidence in construction.
That is precisely what we are doing at Brosnan. Our dedicated and passionate team places this shared purpose and vision at the heart of all they do. It is an exciting time for our people, customers, partners, and the next generation of professionals.