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Company:Brosnan Construction Canterbury
Project:The Lindis Luxury Lodge, Canterbury
The Lindis is a five-bedroom luxury fishing lodge located in the remote Ahuriri Valley, South Canterbury. The location presented many ongoing logistical difficulties due to its remoteness and exposure to extreme weather conditions, while the design created technical challenges.
The remoteness required the construction team to operate like a shearing gang, twelve days on-site followed by a long weekend back home. They lived in crofters huts and ate each meal together. The absence of phone coverage required careful coordination of deliveries and visits of sub-contractors, who had to drive long distances from major urban centres and navigate gravel roads to get to the site. Weather impacts included a delay of four weeks due to wind factors, 12 days when the site couldn’t operate due to heavy rain, three significant floods, and two full site closures due to snow conditions.
The demands of the design required collaborative solutions be developed between builder, architect, and engineer. An example of the environmental conditions forcing detailing to be rethought was the timber roof. As detailed, the fixing points were at 1500mm centres, while the harsh climate necessitated a change of fixing solution to a meticulous ‘piece by piece’ process with boxed sections spot welding every 300mm. These and many other design aspects needed to be worked through with the wider team, without the ability to make quick phone or call the design consultant to site.
In addition, the client requested design changes seven months into the build. The products and materials needed to resolve design or installation challenges were invariably required to be imported. This was a totally unique and difficult project, delivered by a team that demonstrated extraordinary flexibility and adaptability to deliver a complex building in a rugged environment. The story behind the building’s construction is as breath-taking as the building’s design.