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Above and beyond the ceiling: Lara building on Duncan’s legacy
Bass Beams manufactures pre-cast, pre-stressed self-supporting suspended flooring and structural lintels to specifications dictated by structural engineers. With our unique prop-less system there is no need to move out while you plan to move up.
With their bespoke materials, it is possible for almost any home, business, warehouse to expand with the addition of a second or mezzanine flooring.
While the concrete slab is being installed above the ceiling to create additional floor space, the ground floor can remain totally undisturbed as it is a prop less system. Your day to day activities can go on as usual with little or no disruption. Lara Menne explained the benefit to their clients of not having to find alternative accommodation or close their business during the installation of a new floor. After all time is money.
Bass Beams is a family business. Lara’s step father, Duncan Deane headed up the production side of the company for several years before taking on his own dream of owning the company more than 34 years ago.
Lara was pulled into the business fresh out of school at the tender age of 19. “I started out on the ground floor and now here I am sitting upstairs in Duncan’s chair.” she said with a twinkle in her eye. “Oh, it is a man’s world all right, but I’m more than a match for it.”
With Duncan’s decision to take early retirement, he offered the business to family members. Lara jumped at this opportunity and hasn’t looked back once since taking over the reins. Lara has actively run the business for the past three years, only occasionally having to call on Duncan’s technical and mechanical expertise.
The secret to Bass Beams’ success is the strength of the slab and the full service offered to every client. “From the initial site inspection, ongoing property surveys, manufacturing of the specific yet adaptable beams, transportation of the complete and cured concrete beam right through to the full and final installation creating a secure slab / floor. Lara explained that “we do what we are good at, and the builder takes care of the rest, with professional advice from our senior technical team when needed”
The company prides itself in never having to stop due to industrial action or having taken on a task that wasn’t possible. “In all the years we have been doing this, we have never had a strike,” she said. With most of our staff being with us for as long as 20+ years, we have a real family here at Bass Beams.
Duncan, once he took on the company, relocated the factory to the current premises in Cato Ridge. It was, and still is, a priority to ensure that the company meets all the necessary traditional and local leadership requirements so that Bass Beams works with the community rather than been perceived as working against the community’s interests. This approach has served the company well, and today there remains a loyal crew of installation and manufacturing experts who have grown with the company in both skill and experience.
“What we have seen in later years is that while there has been a slight decline in new home construction, there has been a huge uptake in home renovations,” said Lara.
“People are beginning to see the value-added benefits of creating more space within their existing home, rather than moving and buying a bigger home to create space for grandparents, family members or even home-based businesses
“Access is essential, as our truck mounted crane completes the installation picking up the beams and accurately placing them onto the building, but our trucks have managed to get into some seemingly tight spots,” laughed Duncan who considers the trucks his babies, having built and modified all four of the Bass Beam trucks to suit the business operations over the years.
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