Cambridge counting down to new pool

Cambridge counting down to new pool
The project’s massive underground work is currently underway.

For Kris MacCauley, Director of Naylor Love Waikato/Bay of Plenty and Operations Manager Dean McGahey the challenging, yet thoroughly satisfying Cambridge Pool build the company is currently undertaking is the result of meticulous planning coupled with working with a great team.
That team, includes Waipa District Council’s Manager of Project Delivery Lorraine Kendrick who both Kris and Dean describe as excellent to work with.
“She is a very good operator and has had to work very hard on this project. She is a very tenacious young lady. Waipa Council is very fortunate to have her in this role,” says Dean.
The much-awaited opening in 2020, can’t come soon enough for the Cambridge community who have demonstrated their support of the $20m-plus pool development by digging deep into their own pockets, to the tune of almost $2 million.
In his role Dean oversees the team working on the project and he says such a large-scale build of this nature offers Naylor Love the opportunity to engage numerous local subcontractors. “That’s one of the things we most like to do when we move around the country doing big projects.
“Because we’re a national company we try to support some of the smaller businesses with
things like health and safety and environmental management.”
Naylor Love has been involved in many largescale projects around New Zealand and first came to the Waikato to build The Base, one of New Zealand’s largest shopping complexes.
Kris says it took some time to really establish in the region but acquiring good clients like Waipa District Council has been pivotal to the company’s successful track-record in the region.
“We’ve built several pool complexes before so I think Waipa District Council felt somewhat reassured we could undertake their project.” The pool development, which will be completed in March next year, has several facets to it.
The existing 50 metre outdoor pool is receiving a face-lift, while a brand-new indoor complex will become home to a 10 lane 25m indoor heated pool, a toddler pool, a hydro-therapy pool which could double as a learn-to-swim facility, a splash pad, community room and bleacher seating.
A complex project of this nature requires a high level of detailed planning.

Cambridge counting down to new pool
The new Cambridge Pool complex will upgrade the existing outdoor pool and add an impressive indoor facility.

 
Prior to being awarded the contract with Waipa District Council the company worked through an Early Contract Involvement process, where they worked with all the project’s consultants, to produce a ‘buildability’ study based on the most cost-effective and effi cient way to bring the project to fruition.
“ECI’s are a fairly standard way bodies such as Council engage their principal contractor. So even though the physical build has not long been underway, we’ve been involved in the project for over 12 months,” says Kris.
The project’s massive underground work is currently underway and Dean says the building proper will begin to appear around June. The pool structures have been manufactured by US company Natare which specialises in stainless steel pool fabrication.
As a local Kris says he, like the whole community, is looking forward to the new Cambridge pool complex opening once the fit-out has been completed and day-to-day operational matters have been finalised.
“We have been very careful to ensure the least disruption to the neighbourhood near the pools.
“Our policy of an open-door to answer any questions or concerns has really helped the project go so well from that point of view.”
Lorraine Kendrick, who has been with Waipa District Council in a variety of roles since late 2005, agrees the project is going well. “We’ve been thrilled by the level of support from the community in terms of fundraising with some very substantial and generous amounts donated,” she says.
With a council project manager involved in the day-to-day bricks and mortar level of the build, Lorraine’s role is to ensure the right decisions are being made at a governance level.
“With any project of this size my role is to remove road-blocks.” Management of the pool complex when completed will be in the hands of the Waipa Community Facilities Trust, Go Waipa.
One of Lorraine’s jobs will be to link with CEO Matt Horne as the Trust works through the myriad of operational issues, including employment of fulltime staff.
Lorraine says the community is looking forward to the official opening at a date still to be determined. “Meanwhile, Council has made a bus service available for locals to access Te Awamutu’s swimming facility.”
The Cambridge pool development is just one of several major projects Naylor Love is involved with, including 51 apartments for student accommodation at Waikato University. “We are only as good as our last job,” says Kris.
“At the moment we are very conscious about planning and time and are mindful not to overcommit. “Our focus is always to ensure our clients receive the best building experience and outcome possible.”
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