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Subdivision works keep firm busy

Kim Stewart Dec 12
Subdivision works keep firm busy
The Hart Rise project is one of several residential sub-divisions in the Tasman district with which Ching Contracting has been involved.

Nelson/Tasman based Ching Contracting Ltd is riding the crest of the region’s housing boom as residential sub-divisions open up further to the west.

The local civil contractor has just completed stage one of the Hart Rise subdivision for developer Arizona Land Ltd and has now commenced stage two of the three-stage 140-lot residential project.

Consisting of 52 residential lots, stage one involved all underground infrastructure including water, sewerage, stormwater and trenches for phone and power cabling, along with construction of roading, kerbing, berms, landscaping and footpaths.

Ching Contracting was also engaged to construct an 852,000-litre reservoir and water pumping station to provide water supply to Hart Rise as well as a proposed adjacent subdivision.

Stage one took seven months to complete despite being hampered with particularly wet weather throughout, says director/engineer Tony Munnerley.

“Notably, only 8 productive days were possible on site during April, but our staff worked weekends and extended hours to bring the project back on programme, ensuring the developer was able to deliver titled sections to purchasers as promised,” he explains.

“In acknowledgment of our performance on stage one the developer has negotiated with and engaged us to continue on to stage two of the development.”

Tony says that the Hart Rise project is one of several current and future private residential subdivisions that Ching Contracting has been involved with as the local market reacts to high levels of regional demand.

Founded 45 years ago, Ching Contracting Ltd has developed a respected reputation for reliability, honesty and integrity within the Nelson and Tasman Districts.

“Our core strength is drainage and infrastructure expertise, focusing on larger infrastructure projects for the two local councils including sewerage, water mains, stormwater, and the drainage works for subdivisions,” says Tony.

“We have several staff with national certificates in water reticulation and infrastructure pipe laying at various levels.”

Over the years the company has expanded its capabilities to include polyethelene (PE) pipe welding; trenchless technology; earthworks, roading and metalcourse construction; efficient and cost effective remote sewage removal via helicopter; survey/design and consenting for small projects; and pavement milling.

This means Ching Contracting can now cover most aspects of Civil Construction works from start to finish as required.

Located in Stoke and predominantly servicing the Nelson and Tasman districts, the company has also completed projects in the Wairarapa, Queenstown, Christchurch, Greymouth, Westport and Blenheim.

In June this year a seven-year venture at Stockton Mine was concluded where the company provided PE pipe welding and installation as well as maintenance of all on-site sewage treatment facilities for the mine operations.

Tony says the company’s 28 staff are its number one asset and the reason why it can complete projects like the Hart Rise sub-division so quickly, efficiently and to a high standard.

He says that staff retention, loyalty and the numerous staff who have been with the company for 10-20 years is testament to the strong culture within Ching Contracting—one revered by many of its competitors.

“That comes down to good working conditions, looking after our people and valuing their input.”


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