Big wet hinders subdivision work
Christchurch’s CCL Construction Contracting is looking forward to some dry weather to allow earthworks to continue on the new 390 lot subdivision on Worsleys Road, Cashmere Estate.
CCL Construction is now into stage one of six stages of the development, having started work on the 37 lots in stage one from March this year until the wet weather set in.
“We’ve had a wet autumn and since we’re working in clay, we need to dry it to get the compaction result we require,” says CCL Construction general manager Hamish Wright.
“On days when we don’t have wind or too much sun it’s very hard to dry it out. That’s our biggest challenge on this project.”
In stage one, building platforms are being built three metres higher than the current ground level, to provide a platform and a view from the edges of the valley into the central valley, which once the development is completed, will be made available for use by the wider community with walking tracks and more.
The sections at Cashmere Estate range from 500sqm to 1000sqm.
Hamish says the development of Cashmere Estate is a good job for CCL Construction Contracting for the next six years, and is well suited to the firm’s capabilities.
“We’ve got about 45 staff and amongst them some very specialised guys in roading and civil construction,” he says.
“Because we’ve got the ability to do every facet of the work that we need to undertake, apart from installing services, we can self-perform 90 per cent of the job, which makes it easier to programme.”
CCL Construction Contracting has been in business since 2011, starting out doing driveway repairs and rebuilds.
“If you do a good job, you pick up bigger and better work, and that’s how we’ve grown,” Hamish says.
“We’ve always had a really good team and we’ve always worked well with whoever we are working for. We’ve got a really good rapport with our clients.”
CCL Construction Contracting now does everything from bulk earthworks to civil construction, including bridge construction and other civil structures, drainage, and roading.
With a fleet of 13 well presented and highly visible trucks, with a large array of configurations, CCL Construction Contracting also offers the supply and delivery of material throughout Canterbury, as well as heavy haulage.
“At the moment our transporter does two or three trips a week to Picton with all the work that’s going on up there. We also take machines as far as Queenstown.”
Hamish says what makes CCL Construction Contracting stand out from the others is its GPS capable machinery.
“We’ve got a lot of machinery that works on GPS machine control, allowing us to design a job and achieve it much faster.”
The latest addition to the fleet is a new Caterpillar D6T bulldozer, fully integrated with GPS control. “Any shape you can design, it will cut it. That’s the same with our graders for road prep. They can cut down on up to 50% of construction time.”