Menard Oceania boosts its New Zealand ‘front row’ with appointment of industry veteran Doug Close

Leading international design and construction geotechnical specialist Menard Oceania is reinforcing its New Zealand ‘front row’ with the appointment of Doug Close, the company’s new Bid and Project Manager, based in Canterbury.

Menard has already established a solid track record in New Zealand, having tackled some landmark projects in recent months. One key project included teaming up with sister company March Construction as March Menard Joint Venture (MMJV) to design and deliver a solution to stabilise the ground for the new Metro Sports Centre in Christchurch, expected to be the largest aquatic and indoor recreation venue in New Zealand, when completed in 2022.

With its recently opened office near Christchurch, the company’s first in New Zealand, Menard now has five offices across the Oceania region, with other locations including New South WalesVictoriaQueensland and Western Australia.

“We are committed to growing our operations in New Zealand. It is a strategically important market to Menard Oceania and it comes with its own set of geographical challenges that require robust ground improvement expertise to get the job done efficiently and cost effectively,” said Philippe Vincent, Managing Director, Menard Oceania.

He continues, “Doug Close’s appointment as Bid and Project Manager is the next phase in our growth plan to boost Menard’s ‘front row’ in New Zealand, which includes Jonathan Hale, Business Development Manager NZ and Design Manager, Alex Hubaut, who leads Menard Oceania’s design team. I am confident that Doug will be a strong addition to our business.”

Before joining Menard Oceania, Doug’s six years in New Zealand have included the role of Operations Manager – Geotechnical, at March Construction and more recently he was Piling Manager at Fulton Hogan. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Doug spent the earlier part of his career working in the UK ground improvement sector. He is a familiar face among the Menard team having worked on the Metro Sports Centre while at March Construction.

“Having worked on the Metro Sports Centre, joining the Menard Oceania team seemed like a natural next step,” said Doug. “We have a diverse portfolio of major projects and experience across the warehouse, large scale infrastructure and energy sectors and I intend to expand this further, working in partnership with Jonathan and Alex.”

Doug continues, “the team recently commenced work on a project that has been in the pipeline for some time, so it has been great to get started on that. It is a really challenging time for New Zealand businesses but the moves made to keep the country’s construction and infrastructure sectors going have been encouraging.”

Doug says that there were a number of factors that attracted him to the newly created role at Menard, including the company’s focus on its staff through strict health and safety standards as this resonates with his own values.

“One of the ongoing challenges in our sector is how we limit the impact of construction on the ecosystems we’re working in. Menard’s design and construct techniques go beyond the status quo, providing clients with more environmentally sound options,” he explained.

“Menard is globally recognised as an ethical employer with really strong policies around corporate and personal ethics,” said Close, who saw the company’s commitment to these areas first-hand during the Metro Sports project when the MMJV received an award for its commitment to improving health, safety, environmental and quality performance on site.


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Menard Oceania maintains an exceptional 45-year history in Australia offering design and construction geotechnical experience. Providing cost effective ground improvement solutions for some of Australia’s mid-to-large infrastructure and construction projects. Its recent completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade, Optus Stadium (Perth) and Melbourne’s Webb Dock Project are Menard’s largest CMC projects in Australia.

Menard Oceania is a part of Soletanche Freyssinet, a group of world leaders in soil, structural and nuclear engineering. This relationship further strengthens Menard’s ability to manage complex integrated problems and continue as the leader and pioneer of specialist geotechnical contracting.

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