There were huge logistical and health and safety issues as all the work was 12m above the huge swimming pools. Often staff were working on booms reaching out 20m and up 12m over a swimming pool. A lot of the work had to be done through the night as for a lot of the time the pool was still open to the public in the daytime.
We subcontracted to Fletcher Construction who were overseeing a total upgrade of the complex and had to comply with their stringent Health and Safety requirements. This included multiple safety plans and daily meetings. We were working at heights which involved Worksafe notification and all the relevant staff training and certification.
Fletcher Construction reported to Opus International who project managed the whole upgrade. Working with these companies is extremely political and it is like walking a tight rope meeting the contract requirements.
Complex issues had to be worked out to the finest detail – even to which grade of stainless steel rivets were used due to the corrosive environment.
Designing the silver fern shape on the wall has provided a unique environment – many national swimming events are held at the complex and New Zealand’s emblem of the silver fern was suggested to the customer by our company. This made a totally different effect to having just plain paneling on the wall.