It’s a rare thing for Lynfield to have such a sizeable construction site in its midst, with the installation of the 48-metre-tall tower crane at Ryman Healthcare’s new retirement village build believed to be a first for the area.
The crane, known as a hammerhead crane, has a 70 metre working arm, or horizontal jib, it weighs 350 tonnes and its foundation runs more than 10 metres deep, says Project Manager David McKearney, who is heading up a team of around 160 workers.
“The crane is situated on the left of the Commodore Drive entrance where the village centre is being built and will be able to reach over the distance for standing up the precast concrete panels, really accelerating the work on the construction of that building,” David said.
The village centre includes all the communal areas such as the lounge, dining room, swimming pool, gym and hairdressing salon, and is also the location of the care centre which includes rest home suites, hospital and dementia care and serviced apartments.
David said its construction posed various complexities due to the large footprint of the building, and the way its nine levels are staggered up the slope.
“With the slope, it means there’s a lot more thinking involved, and you need to have really good planning in place. The concrete pours are so big they have to be done in two stages so that’s a lot of logistics and organisation,” he said.
Across the driveway, the first independent block is already having the roof put on. Foreman for that block, Lafi Lemana, has worked for Ryman for 13 years and says his goal is to set a high standard of construction which will dictate the quality of the rest of the village.
“If I can hand over something real mint and everyone’s happy it’s going to set the bar around here,” he said.