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Hutchinson Builders

What we did

  • Website Design
  • Responsive Website Build
  • Content Management System
  • Front-End Development
  • Back-End Development
  • Information Architecture
  • User Experience
  • Custom Google Mapping
  • Email Platform

The Challenge

Founded in 1912, “Hutchies” has grown from a small local player to one of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction companies. While the business now has a strong national presence, it is still driven by local values – trust, transparency and one-on-one relationships. Bigfish set about delivering a digital platform that would support Hutchies’ strong future growth, yet represent their community-minded values and team spirit.

Design Refresh

Embracing Hutchies’ well-known but admittedly old-school logo, we set about creating a broader visual language reflective of a Tier 1 construction company. We adapted the blue bar from their logo, giving it new life and purpose as a framing device for typography throughout the site.

Fully Responsive

As industries like construction rely on mobile interaction to drive traffic, it was essential that the website was designed for use on every device. The team ensured a high level of performance on mobile, removing barriers to content and maximising usability through an intuitive interface.

Channeling Pride

The phrase “We Are Hutchies” set the tone for the website, uniting the company’s network of local offices and tapping into their strong sense of pride. We placed this message front and centre on the homepage, using it as a jumping-off point for the company’s extensive scope of work and project case studies.

Taking Hutchies National

dynamic project mapping

Hutchies have delivered 3,750 projects to date. With a growing number on the horizon, our team created a dynamic map with the capability to reflect the company's national offering at any given time. The map's functionality is multipurpose – it allows clients and stakeholders to quickly understand the company’s scope of work, and provides a visualisation of Hutchies’ impact over the past 100 years. 

Flexible CMS Solution

Developed on our “Tank” CMS, our team delivered a platform that Hutchies is able to manage with ease and flexibility. Gone are the days of being locked into a templated design – the platform gives our clients the freedom to update content and design out new pages using a range of portable components.

Some of the ways we wanted to present our work were definitely not ‘out-of-the-box’, and Bigfish delivered us a number of flexible solutions that enabled us to showcase our projects creatively, retaining their individuality through image displays, statistics, video and other features.

Harleigh VenablesCommunication Manager

Final Words

The Bigfish crew are accomplished professionals who are easy to work with and deliver on their promises. We didn’t make it easy for them. We weren’t intentionally difficult, but Hutchies has many internal stakeholders that needed to be brought on the journey for the project to have any legs. And we had a wish-list of requirements that went for days. Oops. The Bigfish team wasn’t fazed at all, though. They were always available to respond to our requests and it was never too much trouble to re-work something or add something new.

Harleigh VenablesCommunications Manager