Pioneer Pool & Building

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Our Story

Pioneer Pool and Building is a family business with forty-seven 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 National Spa and Pool Institute (NSPI) and American Shotcrete Association.

The company 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 companies' construction experience, proven construction and equipment systems and its maintenance section, which includes a retail shop.

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

Chris's background is building. After qualifying as a carpenter, completed NZCB & 9 units NZQS he was employed as a clerk of works for 4 years. Chris has been with the company for 20 years. Pioneer also offers water chemistry and maintenance services. 


Working on a pool in the 70s Modern construction