Village project challenge for firm
Oamaru-based Roger Gilchrist Building Services is undertaking its largest project yet – a retirement village complex for Observatory Village Lifecare.
Located on Stoke Street, the substantial project comprises 12 self-contained apartments, two care wings offering forty-one bedrooms, communal facilities, such as a gymnasium, games room, offices, kitchen, laundry and reception areas.
The village is unique in that the locals indirectly own it and can also reside in the village.
The Waitaki District Health Services Trust established the Observatory Village Charitable Trust to own and operate the Observatory Village to provide support for aged care, health and disability services and related charitable purposes.
The Waitaki District Health Services Trust has provided initial equity for the development and eventually the Observatory Village will repay the equity and then all operational profit will be paid to the Waitaki District Health Services Trust to be used for the health and wellbeing of the Waitaki community.
Roger Gilchrist Building Services started work on the site in December 2015 and expects to complete the project by July this year.
The company has taken the project from a greenfield site through to completion of the 3700 square metres of bu ilding.
Roger Gilchrist Building Services quantity surveyor, Luke Gilchrist, says that the project has progressed smoothly and, with up to 70 workers on site at peak, demonstrates the company’s capability to undertake large complex projects.
Roger Gilchrist Building Services is also concurrently working on stage one of 18 two and three bedroom villas on the site.
Stage one is expected to be completed by November and will help to meet demand in Oamaru for this type of offering, says Luke.
Roger Gilchrist Building Services was started 20 years ago by Roger and his wife Bronwyn.
Roger has been in the building industry for over 30 years and is a Registered Master Builder and Licensed Building Practitioner (Carpentry and Site 2).
The company employs a well-established team of highly competent foremen, carpenters and apprentices.
“Having close management from the owners of the company really makes the difference,” says Luke, who is Roger and Bronwyn’s son and joined the company around two years ago.
“Day to day management is undertaken by the family.
Roger keeps a close eye on each project and is still on the tools.
Bronwyn takes charge of the office and administration part of the business and I take care of contract administration and construction management.
“ This gives good control over quality and timing of projects and results in a more personal building experience for our clients.”
Although the company completes light commercial projects and alterations, architecturally designed new homes are the mainstay of business.
As members of Registered Master Builders, Roger Gilchrist Building Services has been gold, silver and category award winners in the Master Builder House of the Year competition indicating the high quality the company achieves.
Roger Gilchrist Building Services is presently working on a number of new home builds in Oamaru and has just completed a project in
It has also recently built a workshop for Firman Joinery in North Oamaru Business Park.
Luke says the market is presently busy and the company’s 19 staff are working hard to fulfil customer expectations and requirements.
Roger Gilchrist Building Services predominantly works in the North Otago region but can go further afield depending on the project.
“We aim to maintain the momentum we have,” says Luke “and to keep delivering quality projects to the region.”