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Company:Armstrong Downes Commercial
Project:Te Maru o Tawatawa Multi-Unit Housing, Wellington
The Te Maru o Tawatawa project involved the construction of 34 one-bedroom units across three two-story buildings for Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC). Early into the project Andrew expressed concerns about the basement design from a safe work practice perspective. The drawings detailed a confined space with crawl holes measuring 600mm x 600mm. These openings were not large enough to perform any type of rescue if required, and so Andrew proposed an alternative (safer) design that was accepted by HNZC.
Access and a very confined site meant challenges for the site works and driveway. At Andrew’s suggestion, the engineers reviewed the Geotech solution and ran with an alternative approach that delivered cost and time savings, the former being in the order of $500,000.
Twice during the project Andrew had to deal with changes to key consultant roles, which were time-consuming and disruptive. Andrew managed this well, as he did with his engagement with neighbours, who repaid his sound communication policies with morning-teas delivered to site.
This was a project that the client described as having an aggressive programme from day one with no contingency. Other than an extension due to unforeseen ground conditions, this project was delivered to programme, an outcome that reflects Andrew’s tenacity.