Developing satisfying relationships with our clients and business partners, as well as delivering exceptional customer service are our key drivers. We have won awards too. Here are a few examples of what our customers and business partners have to say about us.



Maddison Architects

"Maddison Architects had the great pleasure of designing and documenting a new home for Dean Atkinson in Beaumaris in 2009. From the very first briefing to the completion of this challenging project, Atkinson Pontifex displayed the utmost respect and appreciation of our architectural endeavour. 

The project was well collaborated with many design and construction sessions held at our office.

The enduring attribute of Atkinson Pontifex is their “nothing is too hard” attitude and the willingness to engage with new building techniques and technology.

The professionalism with which this site was run and their attention to detail is a valued asset in today’s construction industry. Their ongoing inclusion of our office in the accolades this project has received in 2010 is particularly satisfying.

We have no hesitation in recommending this exemplary company and look forward to our next association with Atkinson Pontifex."

Peter Maddison

James Rigney

"David & Dean from Atkinson Pontifex have for some years been our preferred builders for our high-end residential projects around the Melbourne Bayside area, having performed outstandingly on each of the projects on which we have jointly worked.  

On all occasions they have delivered quality, reliability, service, and successful cost management, along with an attention to detail which is usually well above expectations and well above that of similar builders.

As an architect I am particularly drawn to their !teamwork! approach to project delivery, which has made both our job and our client’s role in the project considerably easier.

By choosing to maintain a small team working on select !boutique! projects they are able to provide a level of service and quality control which I have found results in a very high level of client satisfaction."

James Rigney Architects P/L


Interior Designers

Austin Design Associates

"I have an interior design practice in Brighton, Austin Design Associates, and we work closely with Atkinson Pontifex. We enjoy working with a building company that is so professional and organized. The Directors, David Pontifex and Dean Atkinson have an extraordinary depth of experience and we appreciate the collaboration we are able to have with them on building projects. They are expert in almost all aspects of the building process including construction techniques, budgeting, basement garages, carpentry, joinery and brick work to name a few. We have found them to be willing to resolve complex issues on site and to work with us for the best out comes for our clients for both budget and design. 

Recently, I renovated my own home with Atkinson Pontifex as the builders. I had the experience of being !the client!. The entire process ran very smoothly, communication was excellent - we had a very tight schedule which was adhered to and many difficulties experienced on site were dealt with painlessly and effortlessly by David and Dean.

From a female perspective I loved the way David and Dean organise their sites – so tidy, clean and well managed. All of their team seems very knowledgeable, polite and drilled in the tidy factor!

With the recent storms and wind – we feel so secure in our renovated house and glad we selected a good quality almost ‘old fashioned’ small dedicated building team for our project."

Fiona Austin - Director

Christopher Elliott Design

"As an Interior Designer I have worked with numerous builders on a variety of projects. What struck me as different, working with Atkinson Pontifex was their attention to detail and meticulous approach to their work. It made the experience a real pleasure. I was completely confident in their team delivering an exceptional result and I look forward to working with them on future projects."

Christopher Elliott


Landscape Designers

Cyas Landscape Design

"My company, Cycas Landscape Design has consulted with Atkinson Pontifex for the last 7 years. Our collaboration includes numerous residential projects in Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs as well as a show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2007. 
Dean Atkinson and David Pontifex have a wealth of knowledge in all facets of construction and have the unique ability to resolve any issues with a positive outcome for their customers and consultants alike. Projects constructed and managed by Atkinson Pontifex are always finished to perfection, making them the obvious choice as building contractors in the Bayside area.

Our relationship to date has resulted in some of my proudest work, and I always find their staff and other consultants to work with the utmost professionalism. It has been an honour to work along side Atkinson Pontifex."

Mark Browning



G & F McGrath, Brighton

"Dear David & Dean,
We wish to convey our appreciation for your guidance & strive for excellence throughout what has been a rather complex & extensive renovation. Even the difficult challenge of transforming a tennis court into a lush, structured garden with pool ( with very limited access) was a task that your company took on with ease. We wish to thank everyone involved from your friendly & highly skilled carpenters , to your brilliant project manager & all your well selected subcontractors.
It has been quite special to deal with such bright, articulate & talented people.
Every space from the interiors to the extensive landscaping have been created with high quality finishes & great attention to details.
The daily communication, honesty & availability were quite admirable aspects that contributed to a stress free construction.
Your great understanding of design enabled your team to deliver a result that has exceeded our expectations & we keep getting positive comments on the beauty & uniqueness of our home. It seems that it has become everyone's favourite house.
Thank you for always walking the extra mile & for the beautiful relationship. Warmest regards."

Andrea & Bruce, Brighton

"Working with Atkinson Pontifex made the process of building a pleasure. They built our architect designed home as if it was their own. They came in on budget, and were finished nearly two months prior to completion date, which meant we were never anxious about when we were moving in. The quality of finish exceeded our expectations and we were delighted and very proud home owners at the end of the process."

Chris McFadden & Lisa Comben, Brighton

"It was an absolute pleasure having Atkinson Pontifex build our house. The attention to detail, quality construction and uncompromising customer service and communication by Atkinson Pontifex is, in our opinion unrivalled. Dean and David made the building experience enjoyable and engaging." 

Samantha & Grant Berry, Beaumaris

"We would like to thank Atkinson Pontifex for the high quality outcome that was achieved at Tramway Parade. We were most appreciative of their professional approach and were particularly impressed by their attention to detail, which was evident at the outset by the cleanliness of the site. This carried through to the very high standard of workmanship that exceeded our expectations, the personable approach of the whole team with excellent client service and their responsiveness to any follow up matters after handover. We would be most happy to use the team again."