‘Back to the same old new normal.’ How we’re working under Level 3 at Ockham
Our return to Level 3 restrictions has changed the way we’re working. In this update, Ockham’s Joss Lewis explains how the sales team use virtual tours and Zoomage to give you a most excellent online experience. And Ockham Construction King Ben Gibbens shares where we’re up to do with our developments.
Sales Team get their Zoom game on
"We're back to the same old new normal,” Joss Lewis says. “Back to tuning in to the 1pm press conferences: back hoping we can get through this quickly and that the team of 1.8 million will be okay.”
It’s a frustrating time for the Ockham sales team, she says, though she stresses the company’s good fortune.
“We’ve had an incredible start to the year. We’ve sold 87 of the 117 apartments at Aroha – it’s our fastest selling development to date. We’re lucky. And we’ve had plenty of practice under Level 3, plenty of time to get our Zoom game in order.
“But I feel for everyone out there who’s doing it tough. The small businesses, especially in retail and hospo, who have to get through this. Our cleaners, our supermarket workers, our nurses and doctors and medical people: our essential workers who must keep going. Certainly, our sales team will be spending a bit extra when we get back to help out our locals.”
For now, she says, it’s back to ‘business as unusual’.
“Our small but fiercely focused (!) sales team can take you through Aroha or The Greenhouse via video,” she continues. “We’re available for virtual viewings which really come to life with our interactive walk-throughs. And we can talk via Zoom or FaceTime, or just chat by quaint ancient technology… the telephone!”
“One more thing: we’re also about to launch Manaaki, our latest (and biggest) project ever which we’re very excited about. Please go online and register your interest if you’d like to know when we’re going live.
“And for all other things Ockham… we'd love to hear from you. Call, email or FaceTime us anytime.”
- Joss Lewis 021 245 5155
- Lisa Redgrove 021 415 980
- Nick Reid 021 721 915
Work continues at four sites... Kōkihi almost complete
“We’re in the home straight at Kōkihi (Waterview),” Ockham Construction’s Ben Gibbens says. “It’s been all hands on deck. We’ve had up to 140 workers on site each day – all the finishing trades are in there…
“We expect to finish work inside all three buildings by the end of March. Then we’ll switching focus to outside: we’ll be completing the pool, pool deck and driveway, then moving onto landscaping and planting. All going well, we’ll be finished up by mid-April.”
All going well. There's obviously some uncertainty given Auckland’s move back into Level 3. “Construction is deemed to be an essential service,” Ben continues, “and so we’re able to keep working under Level 3 restrictions. And our team have had plenty of practice over the past year: their social distancing/sanitising/mask wearing/contact book filling-in game is strong.”
Meanwhile, work is underway at another three Ockham projects across the city as Ben explains below:
- “Site prep work has started at Aroha in Avondale. It’s bulk excavation and bulk filling at the moment which means lots of lumbering lorries and digger action. If you have a younger child, or the Bob the Builder soundtrack still pops into your head at odd moments, then this is an exciting time.”
- “We started work at our build-to-rent project at Nixon Street (Grey Lynn) at the start of Jan. We’re on target to pour our first ground floor slab at the end of the month. And Ockham Construction’s first tower crane will be going in, in the next couple of weeks.”
- The Greenhouse, our flagship project at the top of Williamson Ave (Grey Lynn), is also starting to crank up. “Demolition of the old building should be complete within the next week… construction will commence thereafter.”
In sum: “It’s business as usual for our very well-versed Level 3 construction team,” Ben says. “We’re privileged to be able to keep working – we hope, in our small way, that our projects give confidence and security to the hundreds of sub-contractors who are valued members of the wider Ockham whānau. We also hope it gives a bit of a morale-boost to our fellow Aucklanders who are toughing it out at home. Take care, stay safe and kia kaha to you all.”