Multi sports hub boost for community
The new multi sports hub in Dargaville’s Memorial Park is progressing well, says ARCO Group commercial manager Walter Hayman. Construction commenced mid November and it is the tight time frame that will be the biggest challenge, he says.
The project has been spearheaded by the Kauri Coast Recreational Facilities Society and assisted by a grant from the NZ Lotteries Grant Board.
When complete the project will benefit more than 1600 people from 10 organisations across seven sports including football, hockey, netball, petanque, rugby, rugby league and tennis.
ARCO Group won the tender for the design and build project, which consists of building a 580 square metre facility incorporating four large changing rooms, public toilets, storage facilities for user groups, a canteen/coffee outlet and a tournament control office.
A separate project will be undertaken by another contractor to complete six asphalt-surfaced courts for shared tennis and netball use.
Walter says it wasARCO Group’s experience combined with the company’s rigorous standards across a variety of areas from safety to programming that gave the client certainty around project cost and quality early on.
This was important as the project has involved key challenges namely wet soil conditions, which necessitated 81 piles driven 14 metres deep.
Despite this challenge ARCO Group still managed to adhere to the client’s budget. The sports hub building will be made from concrete block with timber framing and structural steel.
At peak there will around 20 staff and subcontractors will be working on the project to deliver it on time and on budget.
He says liaising with various key stakeholders and delivering on their requirements while meeting the project’s budget was a key part of a successful outcome and something ARCO Group excels at.
“One of ARCO Group’s strong points is management, enabling us to get projects completed on time and on budget while minimising disruption for clients and keeping the public safe,” ARCO Group completes projects throughout Northland and the North Auckland region, specialising in maximising value for clients by finding the most intelligent and creative ways to deliver projects.
The company’s core markets are commercial, education, healthcare and internal fit out sectors. Areas of expertise include design and construct, seismic upgrades and land and build packages.
“We manage projects through cost effective planning, supply chain integration and strong management.
We offer specialist fit-out capabilities with extensive experience in live environments, which means that sensitive locations are smoothly handled and tight programme arrangements can be adhered to,” He says the aim of ARCO Group is to develop long-term relationships with customers and in fact everyone included in the projects the company undertakes.
“We are passionate about building our customers’ trust by creating lasting value,” he says.
ARCO Group employs around 30 staff and recent projects completed by the company include a significant upgrade to the Farmers building in Whangarei, which saw the building get a new frontage, air conditioning and electrical upgrade, the re-roofing and recladding of four classroom blocks at Tikipunga High School and the completion of a meeting room and commercial kitchen at Kaihu Marae.
At present the company is working on a number of projects including the design & build of the new Bay of Islands College gymnasium, the design and build of a new funeral parlour at Kerikeri, a new Four Square in Russell and new classroom block and redevelopment of an existing block at Onerahi Primary School.