The Building Co. is a New Zealand owned company specialising in light commercial, residential construction and project management in the Auckland region. Our projects are predominantly small to large scale, medium to high-end developments. Our unique success is due, not only to, our building expertise, but to the integrity, transparency and trustworthiness we bring to every project.

When embarking on any project, having a builder who knows the process can save clients time and money. Given the complexities of building and compliance, it is imperative to hire a professionally run building company – like The Building Co. 



Our emphasis is on listening to our clients’ needs. Only then can we give the right advice to realise their vision. We understand that every project is different so we provide flexible options to manage budgets and time frames. Our proposals always include detailed cost schedules and timelines.

The best results are achieved when we are involved from the conceptual stages providing budgeting and methodology advice, working alongside the architect and client. Having a builder who has been familiar with a project from the beginning, results in many huge benefits – teamwork, good communication, no nasty surprises with budgets and deadlines, and a completed project that meets or exceeds expectations. 





Over the last decade we have effectively managed building projects, ranging from developing investment properties through to large high-end renovations and new builds. Our involvement can range from responsibility for major earthworks through to the finessed details completed to the highest standard.

The Building Co. includes experienced carpenters & decorators, site foremen and project managers/estimators. Our preferred subcontractors have worked with us for many years and are selected on their ability to maintain our rigorous quality standards.

We work with experienced designers and architects whom we are happy to recommend for your project depending on the requirements, or we can work with your own team of professionals.





Our highly professional approach to both the front and back ends of our projects has set us apart from the crowd. We are passionate about the work we deliver to our clients and conform to the highest professional standards:

•    The Building Co. is a member of The Certified Builders Association of New Zealand, whose members are all trade-qualified builders who adhere to strict guidelines for standards of workmanship and business practice. (

•    We offer a 10-year weather tightness guarantee and Home First Insurance from Built in New Zealand (



Kendal Read started The Building Co. just a year after qualifying as carpenter at the age of 19. Forming in 2006 with only two staff members The Building Co. soon expanded and have continued as head contractors since.

From an early age Kendal’s passion has always been in construction with an emphasis on systems and project management and of course achieving the highest results when it comes to the finest details. Another major emphasis has always been on his clients and the relationships he builds with them and giving 110% to all elements of their homes or premises.

Kendal holds major strengths in the ability to communicate and a huge part of satisfaction he achieves from his working life is the ability to use the knowledge and skills he has developed over many years of experience to lead people through the process of construction.

When not working on his business, or helping his partner with her Catering business, Kendal enjoys time with his family - Fiance Adele, and their two gorgeous girls.. He also enjoys all things outdoors and can be found surfing, riding dirt bikes or fishing and diving from his boat somewhere out in the Hauraki gulf.

Kendal Read

Meet some of the Team

Tony McRae

​Tony McRae

Tony left school at 16 and started his carpentry apprenticeship straight away - he was inspired from an early age by his Grandad who was a carpenter and always knew after watching him work that he would follow in his footsteps. He worked for a number of great mentors throughout his early years in the trade and honed his skillset first in the residential sector across the North Shore and Auckland wide.

He started his own business Element Builders in 2013 that specialised in Residential new builds and renovations as well as Light Commercial Re-Clads. This was a learning curve and enabled Tony to really take his creative vision and turn it in to a reality for his clients. Tony has an eye for detail and is able to build rapport from the get go which makes for a smooth process on his projects. He loves to get in the trenches with the guys and really drives his teams to get the job done. Tony has known Kendal since they were at school and since partnering on The Building Co projects in 2020 they have really gone from strength to strength and become a 'dynamic duo’.

When Tony isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, wife Charlotte and new baby Margot. He renovated his own home in 2019 and will look to do another renovation/build in the future as it really is his passion and he’s full of ideas for the future in construction methodology. He’s also not too shabby on the golf course and gets out for 18 holes whenever he gets the opportunity.

Mark Forrest

​Mark Forrest
Senior Project Manager

Mark has been a qualified builder for 30 years and in that time he has carried out a huge number of projects in commercial and residential but predominantly high end residential. He has also held roles in the past as a Site Manager for Civil Construction companies. Mark and Kendal’s relationship goes right back to when Kendal was 15 and he trained as a building apprentice through Mark, they have remained close friends ever since.  Mark’s interests lie in all things outdoors, fishing hunting and diving and he enjoys time on his lifestyle block in Matakana with his wife Annie and 3 children.

Anneliese Goodinson

Anneliese Goodinson
Accounts & Office Manager

Anneliese’s administration career began with roles in customer services, then moving into accounts. Interests in people and cultures drew her to a Degree Majoring in Social Anthropology and Psychology which she completed while working. She began working for The Building Co in 2015 looking after the accounts when re-entering the work force after having her daughter.  As hours increased so did the diversity of the position and she began working on Marketing projects developing The Building Co website and online presence with social media.

Daniel Faulkner

Daniel Faulkner
 Quantity Surveyor

Dan has worn an apron and swung tools since age five. Since then the tools have got bigger and the jobs larger. Qualifying as a carpenter in 2021 Dan has set his focus on a New Zealand Diploma of Construction majoring in Quantity surveying. Dan has been with The Building Co for 5 years, and he now takes residence in the office as our Junior Quantity Surveyor learning the tricks of the trade under Kendal himself. He prides himself on problem-solving and attention to detail wherever it may be. Dan enjoys all aspects of the building industry right from the ground up. Outside of work Dan enjoys getting away with his partner to their family beach house in Matapouri, driving off-road tracks in his 4WD and hitting the beach for a surf. 

Leon Pattern

Leon Pattern
Site Manager

Leon brings 25 years of building experience to the Building Co and with his experienced staff at his company Ground Up Builders which he has owned since 2006 has built many high-end houses. Among Ground Up’s portfolio they have also done a lot of commercial work such as shop fittings and retail renovations. 

Sharn Chalmers

Sharn Chalmers
Site Manager

Sharn comes to The Building Co with over 25 years building experience. He ran his own building company for a number of years which included new builds and high end renovations. Sharn prides himself on his attention to detail and problem solving abilities. He's been a good friend of Kendal's since joining him on a hunting trip in 2016. Sharn also enjoys fishing and diving and spending time with his wife and 2 children. 

Derek Meinhold

Derek Meinhold
Site Manager

Derek began his building career straight out of school and has been in the construction industry ever since. He expanded his expertise while he travelled the world, shop fitting in the UK, roofing in Australia, cabinet making in Canada and back to building on a variety of reno’s and new builds in New Zealand. Derek and his worldly and diverse skills have been with The Building Co since 2017. In his spare time Derek enjoys anything outdoors, hunting, game fishing, surfing & diving.

Josh Hoskin

Josh Hoskin
Site Manager

Josh started a building apprenticeship straight out of school and has been in the industry ever since. Throughout his apprenticeship he worked on high end bungalow renovations as well as installing Vergolas. He moved into the commercial sector once he completed his apprenticeship which included Kiwibank/Post Office conversions and Life Pharmacy Queen Street. Josh then joined us here at The Building Co and has been on the team for the past 5 years.

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