Work has started on the Karekare rebuild project now that we have moved to Level 3. Sadly the project was slightly delayed in starting due to the Covid 19 Pandemic that hit the world. After New Zealand took drastic action to shut down our economy it meant the Karekare Clubhouse project also was delayed.
Exciting news though when on Monday May 11th the project got underway led by the team from Cassidy Construction. To date the team has mobilised and setup the site in part of the grass car park with all the fencing, hazard signage and other Health & Safety matters.
Commencement of construction for the access road to the first bridge and excavations and placing of compacted hardfill for bridge foundations was laid down.
Week 2 was completion of the hardfill up to the bridge and formwork for the bridge foundations. Reinforcing steel and concrete to foundations was placed for the approach ramps and the steel beams were lifted into place. Fencing panels were installed around the heritage railway tracks to preserve them.
In the midst of all the work in the second week the Construction Team from Cassidy’s also assisted 6 members of Karekare Surf Club callout squad with a rescue on the beach. Two members of the Cassidy’s team worked throughout the rescue supporting our team in setting up the IRB, and were on standby throughout the resuscitation process and assisting where need be. Special thanks to Ben and Fasa. This is what our project is all about, building a purpose built facility on one of New Zealand’s most iconic but dangerous beaches to preserve life. We are excited to share the development of the building as it unfolds over the next 18 months.