Ockham Construction Back in Action. Sales Team at the Ready
Ockham Construction cranked back into action today as Tāmaki Makaurau moved to Alert Level 3. Ben Gibbens, Projects Director at Ockham Construction, gives the run-down on the work resuming at Ockham sites around town, noting after the choppy past 18 months of pandemic interruptions, the team are old hands at alert level transitions.
"It’s second nature for us by now," says the Director. "After all the planning that has gone on during our Level 4 lockdown, our site teams and subcontractors are excited to get back on site... ready to hit the ground running.
"The delays caused by Level Three restrictions are a familiar foe," Ben adds wistfully. A foe Ockham has become adept at mitigating. "We've used this time to our advantage and continued our detailed planning. The troops are raring to go and bring our developments to life."
The priority is to keep everyone safe under the guidelines and observe all precautions. "We're grateful to return to work and get our construction sites underway," he says. "But making progress on the builds can only happen with the virus at bay, so we want to do everything we can to play our part in that.
"All the Level 3 protocols will be in place and strictly enforced. This includes our PPE, and adherence to the new social distancing rules."
Manaaki Making it Happen
Social distancing occurs naturally on sites with lots of machines – trucks, diggers, and the like – as workers are isolated within their vehicles. "At a large site like Manaaki in Onehunga, it isn't too challenging to get plenty of space between people," Ben notes. From first light this morning, the Manaaki crew have been hard at work completing the site setup, which marks the end of the pre-construction phase. "The fencing and hoardings are all in place," Ben adds. "We're looking forward to the full construction phase kicking off shortly."
Aroha Awakens, Star Newton Jump Starts
Meanwhile, it’s all go over at Aroha in Avondale, where the great crane 'Fiona' roared into life this morning, lifting precast panels and precast flooring into place. "Aroha was humming back in August which makes it exciting to return to the site," comments Ben. "Like hitting the play button after pause really."
Likewise, Star Newton, Ockham’s build-to-rent project at 6 Nixon Street, just past Newton Road, is full steam ahead. "The structure's finished and during Level 4 we posted some of the renders online for the workers to check out," he says. "Now everyone’s seen them they're champing at the bit to reveal the exterior – the next major milestone is the completion of the façade and removal of scaffolding."
Construction isn’t the only sector to reignite, of course, with the re-emergence of takeaways at Level 3 a much-needed morale boost for the beleaguered city. "Everyone's keen to get stuck back into the projects," says Ben. "But if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to go get stuck into a curry."
Sales Team Always Keen
Bolstered by contactless coffees from their favourite cafes, and with delivery pizza now back on the menu appeasing young members of their bubbles, the Ockham Sales Team are as happy as ever to connect with anyone who wants to discuss buying an apartment. "We’ve been Zooming throughout Level 4, and presented a webinar to people who want to know more about Buying Off the Plans,” says Joss Lewis, Salesperson Extraordinaire. "As well as online meetups, during Level 3 we can also arrange a limited number of one-on-one viewings at our Grey Lynn sales suite."