Naylor Love Construction has served the property industry in New Zealand for over 100 years. We are proud of our heritage, which has been built around a commitment to building long-term relationships and a policy of continuous improvement as we strive to be measurably the best construction company in New Zealand.

Early History

Naylor Love started as two independent building companies in Dunedin in 1910, WH Naylor and Love Brothers Construction, which for over six decades played a major part in the development of southern New Zealand. A remarkable number of our early building are still standing today, and you can see the emphasis on quality buildings and long-term partnerships emerging very early with both of our founding families.

WH Naylor

Hugh Naylor was born in Clyde in 1884, and began his carpentry apprenticeship there before moving to Dunedin then Wellington. He built his first house in Portobello, Dunedin in 1910.

Initially specialising in building and repairing houses, Hugh Naylor’s reputation for quality building saw him awarded a contract to build the Bank of New Zealand building in Mosgiel in 1917. This led to more contracts for banks in small towns throughout Otago.

From there, the projects got progressively bigger, but Hugh Naylor’s strategy of carefully selecting clients and projects and personally overseeing every aspect kept the company fairly small, with around 25 staff in 1948. At that stage the office was still run from his home, with his wife doing the books.

Hugh Naylor’s son Ben joined the company in 1948, and headed WH Naylor then Naylor Love Construction after Hugh Naylor passed away in 1957 until 1987. Ben Naylor then sat on the Board until his retirement in 2006. Christopher Naylor, also a builder, took over from his father in 2006 and is still on the Board at Naylor Love Construction.

Love Brothers

Love Brothers, later the Love Construction Company, was formed by brothers JY, Bob and Bill Love in Port Chalmers in 1910, with £60 of borrowed capital. JY Love led the company for 58 years. Their first contract was the building of a waterside workers’ shelter at the port.

Love Brothers ran a remarkably diverse operation, including cabinetmaking, undertaking and goods deliveries. The company grew very quickly, with around 100 staff by the outbreak of WWII. Post-war specialities included pre-fabricated housing, but the 1950s saw Love Construction take on increasingly large projects in the health, civil, education and commercial sectors in the South Island.

Naylor Love Construction: 1969 – Present

In 1969, the Love Construction Company and WH Naylor Ltd merged to form Naylor Love Construction Ltd. The new company could boast an impressive list of achievements, a formidable resource and skill base, and a reputation for top performance and fair dealing.

This has been strengthened over the intervening years and continues today. We’ve steadily spread nationwide over the years, with offices today in Dunedin, Queenstown (established in 1985), Christchurch (1995), Auckland (2003), Hamilton (2004) and Wellington (2005).

Take a look at some of our recent construction projects to find our more about what we’ve been up to lately.

Read more about Naylor Love's history in Under Construction Magazine