History & Timeline

Les O'Connell has been constructing high-quality builds since 1992. Read his story below.

Where It All Began!

It all began in 1992 when Les O’Connell founded LOC Construction.

Les: “I commenced my four-year carpentry apprenticeship in Timaru in 1974 and worked a further two years as a tradesman taking more control and running projects.

I moved to Christchurch in 1980 to follow my sporting passion, rowing and started my own building business to be able to accommodate my rowing training. Over the following four years, I represented NZ in rowing winning two World Championship gold medals in 1982, 1983 and an Olympic gold in 1984 at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.”

Rowing taught me persistence and to never accept anything less than 100%, attributes I have always applied to my business. This has paid dividends when entering Master Builders House of the Year Awards with wins each year we entered this very competitive event.

LOC Construction is a small team, I find this is the best way to provide the best quality and experience for our clients. It means I am still on site and very much involved in the day to day progress of any job and in constant contact with sub contractors assuring the best possible quality control.”

Future Proofing LOC!

Father To Son – Tom O’Connell

10 years ago our son Tom decided he wanted to join the company completing his four-year apprenticeship and becoming a capable and clear thinking tradesman. Tom completed papers in business and project management by correspondence whilst working on site full time as a Foreman. Tom has a excellent customer relationship skills and has ensured our company has transitioned well with modern technology and methods and has a strong vision for the company. Tom will ensure LOC is trusted Christchurch building company for many years to come and it is great to leave such an established building business in the family and in good hands.