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Project:Christ’s College Kitchen Tower Restoration, Christchurch
The Kitchen Tower is a historic building located on the Christ’s College campus. The project represented a complex heritage restoration, comprising demolition, structural strengthening, and the installation of new commercial kitchen operation, offices and amenities.
Complications included known aspects such as working in and around school operations and a commercial kitchen producing 1,000 + meals a day and working on an unreinforced masonry structure in a region experiencing ongoing aftershocks. There were also the unknown and unforeseen aspects that required significant re-sequencing of the programme be undertaken to work around. These included: finding that the foundations were not as predicted; site access limitations because of a large underground services project being undertaken on an adjacent site; and the existence of asbestos lagged pipework and associated contaminated soil that needed to be removed by hand.
Given the building type and the high incidences of aftershocks occurring during the project, Gary (project manager) and Brendon (site manager) placed a great deal of emphasis on safety. This included the creation of a run-to room that represented a safe-zone for site workers to shelter in during aftershocks, and the setting up of safety kiosks around the site, which were provisioned with first aid kits and site-specific safety information. The installation of edge protection to prevent the falling of slate tiles that had become dislodged during earthquakes, was also implemented.
Gary and Brendan came across to the judges as being a well-balanced team, working hand in glove and exhibiting a clear passion for the project they were tasked with delivering. According to the referees; this was an extremely tricky project with any complications (even minor) having the potential to have disastrous consequences. Gary and Brendon combined to form a very cohesive team and provided complimentary skills to one another, while all the time displaying the highest degree of professionalism and client focus.