From a start-up business in 2012, Seipp Construction has flourished to become a highly respected, award-winning nationwide construction company. We’re proud of the reputation we’ve built as contractor of choice for difficult projects - particularly for underground infrastructure, multi-disciplinary civil projects (below and above ground), bridge structures and marine infrastructure (such as wharves, jetties, sea defence walls and outfalls).
We’ve achieved this based on founder Peter Seipp’s vision to build a world class team of people, supported with the best resources and management systems. From the very beginning, rigorous selection and performance criteria has been applied to our growing team.
As a result, the Seipp team is a hand-picked, high calibre group with industry-leading technical expertise in multi-disciplinary civil projects, pipelines, river and marine works.
Our company ethos is based on our employees being self-motivated, passionate and productive, which results in superior outcomes for our clients.
With a focus on setting high benchmarks and a refusal to compromise, Seipp Construction has established an enviable track record of performance across health and safety, quality and environmental practice. We achieved ACC tertiary accreditation at our first attempt and have successfully gained AS/NZS 4801, ISO:9001 Quality and ISO:14000 Environmental certifications.
More recently, we’ve expanded geographically from our Christchurch base, opening a second branch in Auckland. Seipp’s Auckland-based team has already established a solid reputation undertaking projects to expertly upgrade Auckland’s infrastructure assets.
We’re proud of the reputation both our Christchurch and North Island operations have established for innovative approaches on technically challenging projects and the positive feedback received from our clients on the value added by the Seipp teams.
Peter is a highly skilled engineer with over 20 years technical expertise in piling, drainage, pipeline rehabilitation, sheet-piling, bridges and civil structures. In particular, his international geotechnical experience is invaluable when methodologies are required for difficult and unexpected ground conditions.
Peter’s strong stewardship of Seipp Construction combines technical expertise with values-based leadership and the ability to think and act strategically. He is a highly respected, approachable manager who sets high standards for himself and his team.
Customer focused with a passion for construction excellence, Peter is the ‘go-to guy’ for tricky jobs where out-of-the-box thinking and stakeholder sensitivity are needed. His involvement, early in design processes, ensures the development of construction methodologies which work; and innovative solutions which reduce risk and drive efficiency.
Peter also encourages his staff to push boundaries and think outside their squares. Since 2012, his team have developed a solid reputation for delivering industry-leading solutions for pipe bursting, drainage, vibration monitoring and dewatering projects throughout Christchurch.
With excellent interpersonal and mediation skills, Peter is an accomplished stakeholder manager. Delivering quality results in live operating environments with tight quality tolerances and demanding programmes is his specialty.
Auckland Regional Manager
Forward-thinking, with a track record of delivering innovative project solutions, Drew’s skillset combines practical knowledge, expert insight and management acumen. These are put to good use in his development of pioneering solutions for Seipp clients.
Drew understands the importance of organisation and comprehensive planning for timely, quality project delivery. He is highly accurate, with an eye for identifying and dealing with potential problems at an early stage in projects.
He has worked on numerous complex, public projects across Christchurch. These have benefited from his ability to lead high profile contracts, with sensitivity to the specific requirements of multiple stakeholders. Drew does this by setting and meeting realistic timeframes and communicating openly to gain trust and positive public perception.
Respected by clients, consultants and subcontractors for his open and honest communication, Drew was the recipient of the 2013 New Zealand Contractors’ Federation ‘Leader of Tomorrow’ award for his exceptional leadership.
New Business Manager
Mark is a highly respected Senior Engineer with a 22 year civil works career. In this time, he has amassed experience in project managing varied and complex projects in the water, infrastructure, vertical, highway and rail sectors.
His strong track record for delivering high quality, technical projects is based on capability analysing methodologies to introduce cost and time savings to meet clients’ key project objectives. Mark’s experience in New Zealand, and across the UK, has equipped him with key skills, not only to produce robust results for clients, but also to face challenges and resolve them with innovative thinking. His proven track record includes expertise in piling, bridge construction, marine structures, water infrastructure including potable water wells, pump stations and all aspects of large diameter pipelines. Of particular relevance in his role as New Business Manager is his involvement as bid leader on several early contractor involvement (ECI) projects. With his broad expertise and practical approach the teams under his leadership have created excellence for many clients in regards to budget savings, expedited programmes and innovative construction methodologies. Mark is immensely passionate and knowledgeable about the civil construction industry and an easily approachable member of the Seipp team.
Werner du Plessis
During his 18 years in the civil engineering and construction industry, Werner has proven himself to be a highly capable manager and leader with a sound understanding of civil construction techniques. During this time, Werner has been involved in numerous high-profile projects covering a wide variety of disciplines including offshore and remote construction projects.
Werner has gained extensive experience in the pre-construction activities which are essential to smooth project delivery and is known for employing collaborative and innovative methods of construction, always promoting a best for project approach. To further compliment these attributes, Werner always takes ownership and applies himself to all aspects of his projects which has earned him the respect of his peers and clients alike.
Werner is an experienced contributor to the ECI phase of projects, and skilled in the development of innovative methodologies with extensive expertise in the planning and delivery of civil construction contracts which require technical expertise in temporary works and logistics, concrete construction, piling, water retaining structures, wastewater treatment plants, marine structures and bridges.
Werner combines his technical skillset with strong management and leadership acumen which is complimented by his ability to expertly review and manage programmes, budgets and project-specific methodologies.
Werner’s comprehensive and practical knowledge of pre-construction, design and construction stages is key to strong outcomes achieved on the projects under Werner’s guidance.
Senior Project Manager
A Chartered Professional Engineer, Kieran brings 25 years’ national and international experience in large scale infrastructure project management, with strong technical skills demonstrated on highly complex, high value civil projects. High profile clients in New Zealand included Christchurch International Airport, NZTA, Otakaro, Christchurch City Council, Holcim and Ngai Tahu.
Kieran’s performance on technically demanding and physically constrained projects has proven he can be totally relied upon. Due to his experience and wide skills in the technical aspects of structural concrete and steel, three waters, bridges and general civil construction Kieran is a sought after contributor to ECI planning processes and Design and Build contract models. He has many years of experience in developing safe methodologies for constructing infrastructure and developing temporary works solutions and his ability to implement meaningful programmes and use them as a tool to successfully complete projects has been proven by all of his projects being completed within the time frames agreed with the client. He understands the demands of greenfield and brownfield projects and offers exceptional planning and leadership skills, with a customer-first focus to delivery.
A strong advocate for working proactively and openly, Kieran keeps his clients informed and updated for best-for-project outcomes. He is often commended on his integrity and passion for the project and combined with his down to earth leadership approach is a guarantor for a successful outcome in any aspect of the project.
Jerard is a tertiary qualified health and safety professional with over 20 years’ experience in operations, health & safety, quality, and environmental compliance management roles. During this period Jerard has worked within the construction, agricultural, manufacturing and health and safety consultancy sectors and combined with his operational and strategic skills have provided an excellent foundation for his role as a HSQE compliance professional.
Jerard possesses a comprehensive knowledge of NZ Health and Safety legislation, and regulations and has a wealth of experience in hazard and critical risk management. As a compliance consultant he has extensive experience and a proven track record in the development and implementation of practical, externally audited health & safety, quality, and environmental frameworks (Designed to meet AS/NZS4801, ISO45001, ISO9001 or ISO14001 standards) for civil construction clients, including Seipp Construction, before joining our team in 2021.
All of our projects benefit from his development, implementation, and oversight of project specific HSQE Plans and as required, Jerard also provides a skilled approach to governance, auditing, reporting, investigations, site inductions, worker participation and HSQE training.
Jerard is a certified member of both the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) and the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) with a genuine commitment to leading and embedding a strong, responsible, and pragmatic health & safety, quality, and environmental culture across our organisation.
Nicky’s 30 years of expertise gained in accounts and administration roles includes early career experience on ECNZ projects. For the past eight years, she has capably managed and supported all of Seipp Construction’s administrative and financial aspects of the business.
Nicky’s proven expertise in the administration, financial management, reporting and systems along with strong people skills and established relationships has seen her grow into a valued member of the Seipp Construction Management Team. This coupled with an in-depth knowledge and experience of the civil construction industry gained whilst working for Seipp Construction has meant that Nicky is instrumental in supporting Seipp Construction’s strong contract performance in the delivery of successful projects.
As the founder and Managing Director, Peter has been leading the business from its inception in 2012. He brings an impressive set of skills and experience to Seipp Construction, obtained from an extensive career in Senior Management, both internationally and in New Zealand. His vision and values based approach has enabled Seipp Construction to sustainably grow to its current size and is key to its ongoing success.
Brett Chambers is an experienced corporate finance professional and strategic advisor with a high degree of business acumen and a track record of making a positive difference to the entities he advises. He chairs the Assurance and Risk Committee of Naylor Love Enterprises and Pegasus Health Charitable Limited and provides governance and specialist financial management advice to the respective Boards. Brett acts as an Independent Quality Assurance provider overseeing the University of Canterbury’s $1.1b rebuild programme and compliance with its Crown funding agreement. Brett is a retired Corporate Finance partner with nearly 30 years’ experience at Deloitte, most recently as the firm’s Managing Partner in the Christchurch office.
Lindsay Crossen comes from a background in the infrastructure, engineering and contracting industries and has extensive experience in leadership and governance roles. He is a professional engineer with affiliations as a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering NZ, a Fellow of NZIML and Life Member of Civil Contractors NZ.
During his career, Lindsay held positions as CEO for Fulton Hogan in both New Zealand and Australia for more than a decade and is the Past Chairman of Roading NZ
He is currently a Director on Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Ltd and has previously had governance roles as Deputy Chair on Crown Irrigation Investment Ltd, Chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board, Director of Lyttelton Port Company Ltd, and a member of CERA Audit & Risk Panel.
Jono Brent has been operating within New Zealand’s infrastructure industry for the past two decades. He is currently the Group Transformation Lead for Orion Group. Prior to that Jono was Chief Executive of Connetics Ltd from 2010 to 2019 and the General Manager – Business Development of City Care Ltd.
Outside of Orion, Jono is chair of the board of College House (a University Hostel) and on the Advisory Board of Art of Work (Australia) Ltd. Jono is also on the steering committee of the New Zealand Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum.
Our Vision & Values
An organisation’s success demands single-mindedness and the collective commitment of all individuals within it.
To us, our vision statement is not just a ‘tick the box’ exercise. It drives our success by reminding us of the importance of every aspect of every project we deliver. It focuses our goals and aspirations to be the:
Pipeline, General Civil and Marine Contractor of choice with a reputation for safely delivering challenging projects on time and within budget.
The growth and performance of our business tells us we’re succeeding in our endeavours. Key to this is our strong culture and values which underpin not just what we achieve but how we achieve it.
Managing Director Peter Seipp’s definition of culture is ‘’what people do and how they act, when they’re not supervised”. The Seipp Construction values reflect his high personal standards for safety, accountability, professionalism and quality. When we work in alignment with the Seipp Construction values, positive experiences are created for all stakeholders – from staff through to clients. Everyone is kept safe, and our momentum of innovation and excellence is maintained.
Ownership – Acceptance of responsibility
Encouragement – Encouraging growth and personal development
Credibility – Honest, reliable and professional
Innovation – Creative and progressive solutions
Starting from a zero base in 2012 to build a highly successful mid- tier contracting business which specialises in technically demanding projects, has required a committed and experienced approach to business. We’ve achieved this with our absolute attention to detail, strong leadership and a commitment to implement only the best management systems.
A focus on setting high benchmarks and a refusal to compromise has enabled the business to continue to grow whilst establishing an enviable track record of performance across health and safety, quality and environmental practices.
Early on the business embraced modern, cloud- based project management systems, set up individually for each project by the respective project management team. All systems are interactive, tailored to the specific needs of each client and accessible through individual portals for all key project stakeholders if required.
Together with our systems we have developed an extensive range of procedures and policies, which under our ISO accreditations are regularly assessed and reviewed. This guarantees continual improvement and ultimately superior delivery of even the most challenging projects on time and within budget.
Our approach to financial reporting is timely, no surprises, honest and transparent.
A true strength of our business is our proven track record of establishing collaborative relationships with our clients. We strongly believe that our teams can add the greatest value when working in partnership with our customers, resulting in a profitable outcome for both parties and a high quality asset.
Our approach has led to the successful delivery of numerous high profile projects with extremely satisfied long term clients. Seipp Construction has been acknowledged as an industry leader by winning Contractor of the Year Awards in 2015 and 2016 for two extremely complex projects – rehabilitation of the Antigua Street Bridge and repair of the Beachville Road Seawall.