Lightning Construction traces its beginnings to 2005, when two enthusiastic friends Chris Fraser and Kevin Stevenson embarked on a journey that realised the formation of Lightning Construction & Joinery Ltd in Feb 2006.
From its humble beginnings, our company built timber joinery and outdoor furniture and were soon servicing building repairs and upgrades to Housing NZ homes throughout Canterbury. This provided the planning and management skills that would see Lightning undertake commercial construction, retail fit-outs, home alterations and new house builds of varying budgets and complexity. Lightning Construction has grown to be a well-respected and established building and construction company, which has been providing support and services to the Canterbury region and more recently into the Central Otago district.
In the wake of our ten year anniversary, we realised the opportunities presented by the expanding housing market in the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago districts. Chris, Kevin and the team are proud to be joining the Lockwood family as the licensed builders for this territory. “We saw this as not only a valuable addition to our interests in the region, but an exciting response to a market very suited to solid timber construction and a salute to our early beginnings. The formation of Lightning Homes recognises our complete commitment to this iconic Kiwi family brand.”
Building relationships that forge trust and excellence is our business philosophy. Responding with integrity and transparent communication will always underpin our management of your inquiry. We promote informed design decisions from early on, and manage all professional inputs required to realise the best outcomes for your home and site requirements.
Our most important priorities are yours and we encourage you to discuss any ideas and thoughts you have, from our initial response, right through to the day you are handed the keys to your new Lockwood home. From our base in Cromwell, we are surging ahead and dedicated to building your Lockwood home, uniquely suited to your lifestyle and needs.
Our aim is to deliver the best value throughout your project, without compromising on design aesthetics, spatial functionality, construction quality and finishing.
We are small enough to listen, yet big enough to deliver.
Talk to us about your site, plans and new home ideas today.
Chris Fraser - Managing Director
Chris is the managing director of Lockwood Homes - Queenstown Lakes and founder of Lightning Construction. Chris has a diverse background throughout the construction industry and is hands on in managing both businesses. He is still eager to get on the end of a hammer or to operate our heavy plant. When not in either office or on site, Chris will be competing in Motorsport or on the water fishing for his family’s dinner.
Kevin Stevenson - Quotations and Design Manager
Kevin has been with Lightning Construction for 7 years and is a key member of staff. Kevin’s background is in Architectural and Interior design and offers a wealth of knowledge to the design process of your new Lockwood home. When Kevin is not crunching numbers or sketching home ideas on the back of envelopes he will be enjoying time with his family and sharing in their interests.
Toni Takiwa - Quotations and Sales Support
Toni is a vibrant new member of the Lightning Construction team. She has a diverse back ground in sales, design and quantity surveying support. Toni will be your first point of contact from your initial inquiry through to her strong involvement in delivering your new homes proposal. Toni spends her spare time with her young family and upcycling furniture.
Cameron Alderton - Contracts Manager, Central Otago
Cameron is a qualified and licenced builder along with a degree and background in Forestry Engineering. Cameron lives in Cromwell and manages the day to day delivery of your new Lockwood Home. Cameron is a keen outdoors man with varied interests from Jetboating to tramping and is often seen enjoying swinging a racket at the tennis court.
Ursula Bell-Baxter - Project Manager
Ursula is based in our Christchurch office but spent her youth in Central Otago where her family still resides. Ursula has a background in Surveying and quality and project management in the Middle East, before joining Lightning in a construction management role. Ursula travels regularly to our Cromwell office to manage our projects in the central lakes districts. Ursula is a keen cycler, skier and adventures into the great outdoors with her Husband and dog (Laika)
Rebekah Tindall - Office and Accounts Manager
Rebekah has been the heart of Lightning Construction for 6 years. From her competent financial management through to ensuring the office runs like a tight ship her bubbly personality shines through. Rebekah enjoys her time with her young family and is addicted to online shopping.