Summerset Falls Retirement Village

Wharehine Construction completed bulk earthworks and civil works relating to the construction of the new Summerset Falls Retirement Village, next to the Mahurangi River at Warkworth. The work was undertaken in stages from 2006-09 and involved bulk earthworks and timber crib retaining walls over a 6.4 hectare site close to a sensitive water course, the Mahurangi River, as well as civil works over approximately two hectares in preparation for construction of 30 retirement villas and a recreational centre.

The challenge

The client required that each stage be completed by a firm date to enable prospective residents to view the site and gain an accurate, and favourable, impression of the village environment. Each stage required our input for roading, drainage, sanitary sewer reticulation, utilities (including fibre-optic cable and networked communications), low-pressure waste water system (including five pump stations) and landscaping (topsoil and grassing).

Careful management of environmental risks was extremely important, not only to protect the integrity of the Mahurangi River especially during the earthworks phase but to keep the site neat and tidy for other contractors. Large cuts of up to seven metres into the hillside were required prior to the creation of low-gradient platforms for villas, footpaths etc suitable for older residents.

The solution

Wharehine’s project team established and maintained close liaison with the Project Principal, Project Designer, and other builders and contractors working on the site throughout the project period.  We also liaised closely with the local council (Rodney District Council) to complete associated public roading and water reticulation works.

The result

Each stage was completed on time, which was critical to the client for villa sales.

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