NELSON: SUMMERSET RETIREMENT VILLAGE
Summerset ‘In The Sun’ Nelson is a large scale retirement village development located in Stoke, Nelson. Construction commenced in late August 2011. The villas are two and three bedroom units built in blocks of two and four with shared inter-tenancy walls. The unit lay-outs vary from three bedroom double garage villas with optional conservatories to two bedroom units with no garages. A central focus is the Clubhouse, which includes a library, lounge, activity areas, bar, gymnasium, spa, pool and sports lawns.
Scott Construction was the main contractor throughout the whole build process, which included the club building, the villas, the 48 bed apartment block and the hospital building. We also had the maintenance contract for the previous “Gracefield Village” town houses, which existed when we commenced the project for Summerset.
With all of the finishing touches like driveways and trellising finished in April 2016, this beautifully presented village stretching across eight hectares of prime Nelson real estate and is now home to many thankful residents.
Scott Construction took over the build early, finishing where the previous contractors left off. We completed the original town houses, constructed the hall, sauna, pool, office and library, with no complications. In turn, we were approached to tender for the rest of the build stages and won.
Working on such a big project involved quarterly targets and a yearly tender process. Needless to say, targets were always met and we won each tender. Interestingly, Nelson Summerset is the only Summerset Village to keep the main contractor throughout the whole build.
At the height of module four, Scott Construction had 37 carpenters and approximately an extra 30 sub-trades on-site. With 70 to 80 people on-site, careful management and efficient processes kept the project moving smoothly.
Due to the fact that the village was a living environment with residents around at all times, there were many considerations which came into effect. For example, there has been no radio on-site to accompany the sound of power tools for the last five years. One of the bonuses of this living workplace is that our team got to enjoy the occasional chat to the residents, something the team will miss.
We had to build every second unit for the first nine months because of the Nelson City Councils group housing policies and resource consents. This was also to facilitate the stormwater and sewerage pipes upgrade which was a result of the development being larger than initially planned.
Some residents had builders to the front and back of them at times, meaning there were time constraints and we had to ensure that we were considerate about tool use, while also keeping to our timeframes, which we managed to do, no problem. We have even managed to finish early. It is not often that with this scale of a project that you hear of the project being finished ahead of schedule.
Summerset Nelson has a special place in the life of many of our carpenters who have spent up to five years on-site completing the project. But for Scott Smith, Site Foreman/Manager, it has a special place in his career too. Having started working on Summerset five years ago after working on the Saxton Oval Complex, joining Summerset as a carpenter, then as a leading hand, Scott has worked his way up to Site Foreman/Manager, replacing Brooke Johnson who is now part of the Olive Estate development.
While Scott and his team are going to miss working with the team at Summerset and the residents, they are excited about the prospect of more Summersets in the region.
Generally the construction programme for each stage has been 12 weeks with the number of units per stage ranging from 12 to 36 units. The construction period is driven by demand with many of the units being pre-sold prior to construction commencing. The project involved significant coordination with the client and design team to achieve the required result.
- The Clubhouse design incorporated beautiful native timber trusses and local quarry stone.
- An extremely high level of finish was required with several different types of exterior cladding.
- The walls are built with timber frames and clad with ‘Rockcote’ plaster render over ‘Integra Panels’ and stained cedar bevel back weather board.
- The concrete slabs for the units are constructed using an engineered ‘Cupolex’ plastic pod system.
- Units have standard corrugated iron gable end roofs and aluminium glazed window and door joinery. Except for the Nayland road units, these received a metal pressed tile to match their surroundings.
- Each individual unit has architecturally designed landscape areas, including new plantings, lawns, paved patios, trellis, concrete walkways, planters and coloured concrete driveways.
- Each town house (block of 4) took 69 days to complete.
- Each 550m2 town house (block of 4) comprises of one three bedroom unit at one end, generally with a double garage, with another three two bedroom units, one of which having an ensuite, or even a study.
- The project includes approximately 250 units.
- The hospital is two storeys with lift access at both ends.
- The hospital had a lot of sound restraint requirements that needed to be met between floors and walls.
- The hospitals fire isolation needs saw the installation of double layered gib.
- The hospital also has full sound and thermal insulation, a full Wormald sprinkler system, fire dampening on all pipes and ducts to control the spread of smoke.
“Scott Construction are a polished performer who are enthusiastic, interactive, engaging, and always positive. They always make themselves available; how can we help is catch phrase used all the time. They have always added value at each stage of the process. Principally the difference that sets Scott Construction aside, is that they are leaders. They are nice guys that are willing, engaging, committed and professional. I would absolutely recommend Scott Construction to friends or other businesses, in many instances they have finished before and ahead of schedule and they have looked at ways to reduce our costs.” Tonchi Begovich, Summerset Retirement Village