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Project:University of Canterbury Warehouse Lecture Theatre Conversion, Christchurch
Richard’s task was to convert the University of Canterbury Print Shop into a 300-seat lecture theatre. The project was programmed to be undertaken over the summer period in order that disruption to the University be minimised. There were two main components to be fitted into a tight ten-week programme; structural strengthening to the existing warehouse building, and the lecture theatre fit-out.
For the lecture theatre to be ready for Semester 1, Richard’s first challenge was to coerce sub-contractors to involve themselves with a project that was programmed to run through the great Kiwi Shutdown period, which is not the easiest of tasks. The other challenge was to sequence the work so that on-site construction could be undertaken in the available ten-week window. The project did come with an eight-week period between engagement and on-site construction, which was time that Richard used wisely.
A high degree of prefabrication was used, which was the key to the project’s success. Double-shifts were run during the on-site construction, which included the employment of “night-time fairies” who cleaned the site over-night, to allow for the morning shift to have a clean run at their work. The judges called Richard’s performance an “impressive effort”, full of innovation and collaboration.