Pioneer Pool & Building

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Our Story

Pioneer Pool and Building is a family business with forty-eight years experience. Its co-founders Harry Sweeney and Allan McNabb started the Christchurch swimming pool builders company in 1970. Harry's background was water treatment, filtration & municipal pool management. Allan's was a building background.

They imported American ideas of shotcrete technology and developed formulations & techniques that are the basis of the system Pioneer Pool & Building still use today. Development and refining continues and forms a basic philosophy of the company.  It enjoys frequent visits to the USA and Australia to such events as the NSPI world fair & Aberdeen's world of concrete and as a subsequence are members of the Master Builders and American Shotcrete Association.

The company's philosophy has always been the incorporation of the best available systems, materials and equipment. This covers the pool design, construction and maintenance of these products. This is achievable by the company's construction experience, proven construction and equipment systems, and its ongoing maintenance section.

After Allan & Harry retired, the company was bought by Harry's two sons, Paul & Chris.

Chris' background is building.  After qualifying as a carpenter, completing NZCB & 9 units NZQS, he was employed as a clerk of works for 4 years.  Chris has been with the company for over 20 years.

Pioneer Pool and Building also has water testing for water chemistry balancing, and a range of maintenance services. 


Working on a pool in the 70s Modern construction