Bartercard development lands local builder a multi-million dollar cash contract
Since completing a $3 million redevelopment of the Equinox Restaurant where close to a million dollars was covered in Bartercard’s trade dollars (with half a million designated to building materials and sub-contractors), Big Ben Builders has picked up a $2.2 million cash contact to build the Railway House project.
Owner Ben Heah, has been a member of Bartercard for 20 years through his company Big Ben Homes and last year launched Big Ben Builders after securing the renovation contract of the iconic Stilts Restaurant, near Busselton. Peter Gordon, one of Stilts’ owners advised that of the $100,000 renovation project, they used trade dollars as well as other transactions from sub-contractors who were either existing Bartercard members, or were asked to join as part of the subcontracting works.
The $3 million refurbishment of the Equinox Restaurant on the Busselton foreshore quickly followed, using many of the same subcontractors and new companies that were brought on board for the Equinox project. “The Stilts project was a catalyst for more contractors to join Bartercard and when it came to the Equinox refurbishment my approach was, if you’re on Bartercard, you’re in the running for the job,” Ben said.
The high profile Equinox project in the hub of Busselton’s popular waterfront boosted the profile of Big Ben Builders and positioned the company as a serious player in the South West’s competitive building arena. Ben has just been awarded the contract for the City of Busselton’s latest development, the construction of the Railway House project. It houses a new visitor information centre, interpretive display centre, seminar room, workshop, storage and offices. In March, Big Ben Builders won Bartercard South West’s Top Trader’s award for July to September 2015 mainly as a result of the Equinox project.
“The Equinox and Stilts developments have both increased Big Ben Builders’ exposure and profile and provided them with the best possible springboard into expanding into the commercial building market,” said Darryl Toreaux, Regional Manager at Bartercard South West WA.
“The Equinox’s owners, Peter Gordon and Dave Ebert were fantastic to work for and the sub-contractors who came on board with Bartercard made it such a successful project,” Ben said.
Ben added that Bartercard gives him the opportunity to quote as a front runner on some other big projects in the region, and has connected him to an extensive network of companies which regularly trade together. “I really enjoy the network of people - we have forged some great professional relationships as well as some great friendships,” he said. “We’re working on a number of other renovations at present and have been invited to tender on some other big projects in the region, so the future is looking good, and we couldn’t be happier with the relationship we have with Bartercard.”
The Equinox refurbishment has led Big Ben Builders to pick up a $2.2 million cash contract.
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