Diversity the key for long-running firm

Diversity the key for long-running firm
Crafar Crouch Construction does a huge range of residential and commercial projects throughout Marlborough.

Marlborough company Crafar Crouch Construction has earned a well deserved reputation for the diversity of projects it undertakes, whether large-scale construction or laying a footpath to a clothes line.
With origins in earth-moving and drainage, the business continues to evolve to provide solutions for its customers’ ever changing needs.
Crafar Crouch Construction has operated in the Marlborough Region for the past 36 years under the ownership of the Crafar and Crouch families, with bases in Blenheim and Picton.
The Picton branch was established in 2000 to cater for the specific needs of local customers, including those in the far reaches of the Marlborough Sounds.
Central to the diversity of its operations is the skill of its workforce and an extensive inventory of machinery comprising nearly 100 units, including 40 excavators, 40 trucks, five transporters, four log grapple excavators and two boats.
Among the many services provided and covered by some of this machinery is a huge range of residential and commercial projects throughout Marlborough.
Crafar Crouch Construction is currently completing a storm water piping contract for Marlborough District Council in Old Renwick Road to provide services for the Rose Manor residential development in Springlands, Blenheim.
Project manager Mike Winkler says the project involves installing 560 metres of 1200mm diameter pipeline in Old Renwick Rd in addition to ground works in the subdivision.
The ground works are part of the second stage of the subdivision’s development.True to the naming of Spring lands, one of the challenges has been dealing with a high volume of ground water, Mike says.
“The ground water is sitting about a metre-and-a-half below ground level.”
A requirement of the consent for the project was for the ground water discharge to be treated before being released into a spring-fed creek. The pipeline is expected to be completed early June.
 

Diversity the key for long-running firm
Crafar Crouch Construction is currently completing a storm water piping contract for Marlborough District Council in Old Renwick Road.

Meanwhile a project requiring particularly careful planning and execution is currently being undertaken for Kiwirail.
Dubbed the Taimate Double Ballast Retaining Contract, the project is on the main trunk line near Ward.
The region was badly affected by the November 2016 magnitude 7.8-quake, which tore through homes and hillsides north of the epicentre, then raised Ward’s coastline by up to six metres.
Crafar Crouch Construction were part of the original reconstruction effort to reinstate the railway in 2017.
“These [present] works are fully designing the track back to Kiwirail’s requirements.”
The work involves creating a temporary track shoulder, slewing the track off its normal path on to this, removing, widening and replacing an existing 80 metre section of retaining wall.

The total length of line involved is 230 metres. Because the line is operational, all work is undertaken under Kiwirail health and safety policies and is supervised by Kiwirail staff.
This and the high standard of workmanship required limits the pace that the project can be run at.“We still have the trains going through so we have to work with them.“Working in a rail corridor is a big factor.”
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