For a company that is just over a year old, BDS Civil & Construction has certainly got off to a flying start. Founded by three friends, the company now employs around 50 skilled staff and has already been involved with some of Melbourne’s key rail infrastructure projects.
The business is involved in the maintenance and construction of roads, railways and bridges right from pre-works through to completion.
Director Scott Rerden and his partners had worked for many years in the rail construction sector and spotted an opportunity, in the words of their mission statement, ‘To improve, expand, and upgrade civil and rail infrastructure for a safer and enhanced public transport system.’
The company has two specific divisions, Civil and Rail. Civil is involved primarily with areas that include earthworks, conduits / pit installation, drainage, concreting, kerb and channel construction, formwork & retaining walls.
The Rail division works hand in hand with leading organisations in the rail construction industry, helping in the planning, methodology and development of new and existing rail projects and rail infrastructure. Services include platform and station construction, light rail construction, track lift and lining, turnout construction and installation, re-sleepering, re-railing and track reconditioning.
Some of the high profile projects that BDS have been involved in include construction of Southland and Huntingdale stations, Randwick Tram Depot and many of the level crossing removals in Melbourne such as the Seaford Road Crossing.
The company has an extensive range of earthmoving equipment and offers both wet hire and dry hire services to meet the needs of clients.
The company’s introduction to the Isuzu brand started with the purchase of an N & F series truck earlier this year. It was the positive experience with the trucks and the service Scott received at Patterson Cheney Isuzu that led to the additional purchase of 3 D-MAX Utes for the partners.
“We already had a good relationship with Truck sales consultant Paul MacDonald, and I really liked the Isuzu product so it seemed natural to go for the Isuzu Ute when we needed this type of vehicle. I also liked the idea of building a relationship with one vehicle supplier for our future needs,” Scott said.
“We purchased the 4x4 Crew Cab chassis model as we wanted to fit our heavy duty steel trays. We also fitted bigger wheels, bulbar, and custom toolboxes; they really do look good. We’re really happy with them – the traction is great which is essential in our line of work. They’re great to drive and just a really great package overall,” Scott added.
With plenty of business on the books and a fleet of new Isuzus, the future looks bright for BDS Civil & Construction.