Stage One civil infrastructure works for 50 retirement apartments and dwellings.
The Gracelands project was our first big commercial job as lead contractor. As you’d expect, this caused a few nerves within the Drainways team. But we took up the challenge with a determination to achieve a successful outcome for our client, Oceania Healthcare, one of New Zealand’s largest owner/ operators of retirement villages.
From a drainlaying perspective, the job couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Compaction standards were always exceeded, engineering requirements were met, and all pipes were laid correctly first time.
It takes a great team to be successful on the big jobs, but what was truly remarkable about this project was the collaborative spirit amongst our team of sub-contractors and a willingness from our client to let us get on with job.
Thank you to Oceania Healthcare for believing in us and having confidence we could complete the project to a high standard on time and well within budget.
And thank you to our brilliant team of subbies:
Ian Dick Concrete Contractors
Osborne Road Markers
July – October 2018
Installation of new sewer and water infrastructure at the new West Place subdivision in Greenmeadows, Napier
It’s fair to say that the installation of new sewer and water infrastructure at the new
West Place subdivision in Greenmeadows, Napier, threw up a few surprises for the Drainways team.
First up was the discovery of existing services that were not on the plans. Avoiding a clash between these and the new services meant plans had to be amended, the new services redesigned, and parts of the job re-priced. Drainways assisted council with a number of ideas throughout the rethinking process, including a purpose-designed bypass manhole.
An old leaking water main that had soaked the ground from 100mm below the surface caused the trench to collapse in the midst of installing a 450mm concrete water pipe. After excavating a wider trench and using pumps to move excess water, the team worked quickly to install the new pipes and complete the job ahead of further slumping in the trench.
A very tight right of way close to an existing fence allowed no swing area for our excavators and there was a real possibility the fence would collapse. Using a 13 tonne zero swing excavator and a smaller 5 tonne machine, our boys dug the trench and put in a massive effort to install 70 metres of 300mm stormwater pipe in one day – minimising the time the trench was open and preventing the fence from falling in.