Canterbury Insurance Repairs and Construction Specialists

Need a building company you can trust to undertake quality insurance repairs to your house or light commercial building in Christchurch or elsewhere in Canterbury?

Bates Build Canterbury are one of the select few companies in Christchurch who undertake residential dwelling and light commercial building repairs and rebuilds for most of the major insurance companies including Vero, AMP, AA Insurance and Tower Insurance.

Whether the damage was caused by fire, water, storm, impact, earthquake or something else, Bates Build Canterbury can quickly and efficiently reinstate your property to Master Builder standards. Whether you need a broken fence fixed, a building repaired or an entirely new one built, we can take care of it for you.

Because our management staff have specialised in insurance work for more than 33 years, we can also help smooth the insurance processes from lodging a claim to job sign off after the work is completed.

Being a family owned and run business we take genuine pride in our work. Albie and Joyce Bates established the construction company Albert J. Bates Ltd in Christchurch back in 1959, Albie retired in 1987. Stephen is now proud to continue the family tradition today as owner and director of Bates Build Canterbury Ltd.

Bates Build Canterbury has no affiliation to Bates Building Ltd.

Contact us if you need a safe pair of hands to carry out insurance repair or rebuild.


Bates Build Ltd was contracted by our Insurance Company to assess and establish a time frame & strategy to rebuild our fire damaged motel block.

We have to compliment the Company on the high standard of work achieved by Bates Build staff and the sub-contractors engaged by Bates Build. They always conducted themselves in a professional manner and the communication between all parties was excellent.

The rebuild was completed on time and to a very high standard, with everyone being very approachable to any questions/queries we had.

Bates Build Ltd took much of the stress out of the whole rebuild process.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Bates Build for any type of Insurance related building.

Bill & Jill Langley

Owner - Operators

The overall result was outstanding, not least because the central core of the building was erected in 1899! We continue to receive many favorable comments from those who followed our story from beginning to end. We are the grateful beneficiaries of Bates Building’s high standards of workmanship, their excellent working relationships with the sub-trades, and eventual completion of the task within the scheduled timeframe. Their staff assigned to our project also went out of their way on many occasions to assist us, making it a pleasure to work with them.

Without hesitation, Bates’ would be our “go-to” firm should we require building work to be undertaken at any time in the future.”

Trust you can use some or all of this Steve…incidentally we do have a number of photo’s in the database if you ever need an image or two, including some taken by the Lincoln brigade.

Murray Winn

Very good efficient service. All men were friendly, informative and worked efficently and professional.
Thank you very much

Deanna Adamson

Vero Client

All builders were professional. The work done looks great.
Thank you

Madlen Shaw

Vero Client

Many thanks for the wonderful job for the repairs at our property.  The guys were amazing and I can’t thank you enough for such a professional, friendly and very tidy job.
I will thoroughly recommend you guys and will be contacting our insurance company to give them the thumbs up for such great customer service and job completed.
Many thanks

Virginia England

Vero Client

Job was done effectively and professionally. I would highly recommend Bates Build Canterbury, electrician and painter to anyone. Personnel were kind and always left area/hallway clean after each job was done.

Rachelle Venter

AA Insurance Client

Extremely impressed and grateful for the quality service I received from Bates Build.
The communication throughout the whole process was excellent and I am thrilled with the finished product.

Siobhan Keating

AA Insurance Client

High Quality workmanship and excellent communication
Thank you so much!

Jason Field

Vero Client

The contract was well run and I am very pleased with the result. Tradesmen on site were great to deal with and did a good job. Communication during the contract has been excellent. The afterhours response to the water leak issue was greatly appreciated.

Tim Hughes

Vero Client

Big Thanks to Stephen and his Team.
Amazing job done replacing Bay Window, very impressive eye to detail and professional.  Everything just fell into place, with good organizational skills.
Thank you again

Sharon Buck

Vero Client

Stephen was a pleasure to deal with, His communication was excellent and always timely.
He was consistently helpful & knowledgable. The contractors Stephen uses are also top notch
and the job has been completed to a very high standard. I can’t recommend Stephen & Bates Build highly enough.
Thank you

Kate Watson

Vero Client

We were really happy with your service from start to finish.
Communication was amazing.
Your group of tradespeople were really competent and the work was of a high standard.
Finishing ahead of schedule helped us avoid a Christmas rush.

Kevin Searle

Vero Client