The Story Behind Our Name

Iron Bridge Property Group was founded in Christchurch, in 2003 by Brent and Sue Smith. Since then our team of residential property experts has expanded to service the Auckland and Wellington regions as well. We connect people with property through our residential sales, property management and property investment divisions. We remain a family-owned business, with strong ties to the Smith family history and values.

The story behind our name.

Many of our clients ask what inspired us to call the company ‘Iron Bridge’. It may seem like an unusual choice for a property group, but our name actually has a lot of meaning.

When Iron Bridge was founded by Brent Smith, he wanted a name that would bring to mind the attributes he envisioned the company would have:

  • Strong foundations
  • An innovative approach
  • The ability to connect people with property
  • A nod to its founding familyThe Iron Bridge

When Brent considered these values, he was reminded of the world-famous Iron Bridge that stands in Shropshire, mid-west England. Built in 1779, it was the first arch bridge in the world to be made of cast iron and influenced the future design of many of the world’s greatest bridges.

The Iron Bridge stands just 10 minutes down the road from Ludstone Estate, which was owned by the Smith family at the time the bridge was built. The Smith family immigrated to New Zealand in 1850. The proximity of the bridge to the Smith’s former estate made it an important part of the family history, and the perfect name for a property group that prides itself on strength, innovation and the power to connect.

Today, as Iron Bridge Property Group continues to grow and thrive, our name connects our family roots to our aspirations for the future and the success of our customers.