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Irving takes the challenges in its stride

Kim Stewart Nov 11
Irving takes the challenges in its stride
Christchurch’s Irving Builders delivers high quality new builds and renovations.

No challenge is too big or too small for the multi-skilled team at Christchurch’s Irving Builders, a problem solving building company with the experience to help its clients through their concepts and costings, and deliver high quality new builds and renovations everyone involved can be proud of.

A recent hill project on Worsley Road in Cashmere was a new build following the demolition of an earthquake-damaged home.

“We were working with the constraints of insurance companies, making this a challenging project from start to finish,” says Irving Builders managing director Lance Irving. “Operationally it was very challenging as it was built on a steep hill site.

“We needed to build ramps to enable materials to reach various areas on the site, and there was extensive retaining and footings before the house was even out of the ground.”

The project was hugely satisfying for Irving Builders to build, and a high-end finish, architectural home was delivered ahead of schedule to a very happy client.

At Redcliffs, a home on Inverness Lane had major earthquake damage which couldn’t be fully ascertained until the demolition was completed on the inside.

Demolition exposed the damage to the concrete block foundation walls at the back of the property which required full excavation of the material drainage in order to crack-repair and re-water proof the walls.

Ninety percent of the internal linings had to be removed, and all windows, roof cladding, and soffits replaced.

“Due to the location and remote access to the property, we used a crane to get our excavator on site,” Lance says.

“We positioned the excavator appropriately to begin the removal of the material and to speed this process up, we used 12 conveyor belts to carry the fill out and into the trucks.

“When the repairs had been completed, we had to reverse this process by putting the fill back in.

This was very time consuming!” Lance says the removal of the old cladding system to the new sto product required many cladding flashings junctions to be designed on the go.

“Our team had the responsibility of designing these flashings for the architect to draw up. Most cladding and interacting outdoor surfaces were designed on site as things progressed.”

During the repairs, the home owner purchased the empty section below and started to design a pavilion building with a multi sports courts on concrete pillars and stahlton ribs.

Irving takes the challenges in its stride

“For this part of the project we were heavily involved in the design and methodology. It required major drainage and site preparation for the concrete sub structure on the court.” Once the drainage and excavations were completed for the pavilion and sports court, the project progressed well.

“We adapted and made to order pump shed doors and pool cover accessories which were not a part of the original detailed plan,” Lance says.

“To prevent any deterioration during use, we built extra flashing trims for where the different surfaces meet.”

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