Project management key to revamp
ARCO Group’s experience working in busy CBD environments has proved invaluable on the refurbishment project of the Farmers store in Whangarei, says company spokesperson Walter Hayman.
The project will see ARCO Group complete extensive works such as re-levelling the floor of the building, which had sunk over time due to ground movement.
He says that flexibility has been important with ARCO Group working from 10pm-9am to avoid disruption to the store’s day to day operations.
The floor was pumped up and re-levelled by sub contractor Mainmark Ground Engineering.
Inside the store, stock had to be carefully covered and dust is sues mitigated with the store left clean and tidy for operations the following day.
Other internal refurbishment works will also take place such as new floor coverings, re-gibbing and stopping works and painting. The building’s air conditioning and lighting system is being upgraded.
On the exterior of the building a new roof will be installed and the front entranceway modernised.
New footpaths at the front of the building will be constructed.
Sectioning off work areas and forming a temporarily covered entranceway ensures that Farmers can carry on its usual operations and customers can still easily access the store, explains Walter.
Good project management has been a vital factor in the success of the project, he says.
The project commenced in March and is due for completion in the middle of November.
It’s not the first large project ARCO Group has worked on in the CBD – it also built the Whangarei Quest Apartments.
ARCO Group was involved in the project at the very early stages including design and value engineering services at the preconstruction stage.
“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,” says Walter.
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, he says.
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.
Our in-house teams resolve complex issues and construction challenges.
“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,” says Walter.
Recent projects completed by the company include the design and build of the new Kerkikeri Church and the Whangarei Airport development.
The airport project for Whangarei District Council included a major extension to the front of the airport to accommodate extra passengers, complete fitout of Air New Zealand counters and offices and new baggage claim and processing areas as well as refurbishment of the entranceway and toilet blocks.
ARCO Group employs around 30 staff and 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 and the re-roofing and recladding of four classroom blocks at Tikipunga High School.
“We are committed to long-term relationships with our customers and everyone included in the projects we undertake from the leadership to the supply chain. We are passionate about building our customers’ trust by creating lasting value.”