Honour for long-standing construction company


College of Business Pro Vice-Chancellor
Professor Lawrence Rose presents the
Manawatu Community Business Award to
McMillan and Lockwood director Dr Bob
Lockwood as the University’s Manawatu
campus regional chief executive Professor
Ian Warrington looks on.


Construction business McMillan & Lockwood Group is the winner of this year's Manawatu Community Business Award.

The award, presented jointly by the University and Vision Manawatu, recognises the outstanding contribution the firm has made to the region and reflects the close and productive relationship between the Manawatu business community and the University.

It was presented to one of the company's directors, Bob Lockwood, at the Graduation Business Link function in the Square. Manawatu campus regional chief executive Professor Ian Warrington said McMillan & Lockwood had a reputation for integrity and competence and the business was built on a solid foundation and steadfast principles. "This has been based on effective leadership and innovative thinking,” said Professor Warrington. “Their contribution cannot just be measured in bricks, mortar and steel, but in values, integrity and community service.”

McMillan & Lockwood Group, which has its roots in the 1800s, operates leading commercial and civil construction companies. It is based in Palmerston North but operates across a wide area, including the Bay of Plenty.
It built the concrete hangar at Ohakea air base, completed the University’s landmark Sport and Rugby Institute and recently developed the Plaza complex in Palmerston North.

Earlier projects included the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research’s climate laboratory, the Massey University veterinary tower, the agriculture and horticulture buildings, the Registry, and the Social Sciences Tower and Social Sciences Lecture Block. The group also managed the construction of the inner city site for Universal College of Learning and the complete refurbishment of the Regent Theatre where project manager Matthew McKinnon was recognised as being the Institute of Building’s building professional of the year.

Andrew Heaphy, manager of the Plaza shopping centre, in Palmerston North, was guest speaker at the event and gave details of the $93 million centre redevelopment.

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