Ryman Healthcare construction workers at Lynfield’s Murray Halberg retirement village are excited to see the next stage to be completed slowly emerging from under the scaffolding.
The care centre block, which is nearest to Commodore Drive on the left of the village driveway, will soon house hospital, rest home and special care residents and should be scaffold-free by mid to late April, said Project Manager Dave McKearney.
“The façade is 75 per cent done and I expect it to be finished in about one and a half months,” he said. “It’s great to see the finished exterior starting to appear from behind the scaffolding.”
Meanwhile, work on the main village centre further up the hill is progressing well. The centre will be the social heart of the village, containing communal areas such as the reception, residents’ lounge and dining areas as well as the indoor pool, movie theatre and hair and beauty salons.
“The most complex part of that building should be completed by the end of March. After that it’s just two levels of simple concrete structure, so we’ll be on track to finish the structural part by around mid-April,” Dave said.
The second apartment block to be opened, on the right of the village entrance and situated behind the first apartment block, was being prepared for a concrete pour on level two. After that there would be another two levels to do before the roof goes on.
There is also progress on the next apartment block to be ready after that, Dave said, which is behind the village centre on the hill. The area has been dug out to the right height ready for piling and foundation work which will start once the correct consents come through from Auckland Council.
“Meanwhile we have been working on the roading and landscaping around the main centre and retaining walls,” said Dave.
“We’ve had such a great summer it’s meant we’ve been able to get a lot done on site. However, the heat is pretty hard on the guys so we’ve put in plenty of shade areas and water stations around the site to keep everyone as cool and hydrated as possible.
“It’s hardest for the boys working on the slab though, it’s pretty intense for them.” Dave said discussions were under way to work out whether Lynfield residents would see three tower cranes on their horizon. “It will depend on whether the next independent apartment block can start before the village centre is finished so we’re just looking at those timelines now,” Dave said.