Papil­lon shines at the Sher­a­ton

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SHERATON MIRAGE -

THE man be­hind lo­cal land­scap­ers Papil­lon Land­scapes, Peter Mur­phy, needed all of his di­verse skills to han­dle the mas­sive project that came his way.

In fact it was those skills that won him the con­tract in the first place, Mur­phy says.

“I’m a car­pen­ter by trade, and I have a builder’s li­cence, as well as a di­ploma in hor­ti­cul­ture. So it all banded in to­gether. It was a re­ally in­tense job. “Luck­ily we had the right peo­ple, and we were able to use all lo­cals.”

Us­ing lo­cal con­trac­tors and labour was a key cri­te­rion for the project chiefs, then it was a mat­ter of how to han­dle such a mas­sive project.

“It was pretty much too big for any one of us to take on by our­selves so we worked to­gether with Hat­field Elec­tri­cal, Homescape Tiles and In­stal­la­tion, RAM Me­tal­works, and part­nered with Raw and More,” Mur­phy says.

The con­tract was awarded to Papil­lon Land­scapes and to­gether with Rob Arch­bold, Papil­lon man­aged all of the lo­cal con­trac­tors and de­liv­ered the land­scape.

Man­ag­ing the job was much easier with all of the lo­cal guys on side.

Papil­lon “built all the ad­di­tional decks, pavings, ca­banas, foot­paths and ob­vi­ously all the gar­den beds, ir­ri­ga­tion and drainage as well.”

Papil­lon was able to source what it needed lo­cally, “which was fan­tas­tic”, but the job was so big that Papil­lon nearly ex­hausted lo­cal sup­plies of the plants they needed.

“It was dif­fi­cult get­ting the quan­tity we needed in such a short time,” Mur­phy says.

“It was a short pro­cure­ment time.”

Part­ner­ing with Raw and More made it easy to get and con­trol ma­te­ri­als, he says. The out­door pavers had to be shipped in.

The fan­tas­tic new ca­banas were de­signed by Papil­lon, Scott Carver and RAM and built off­site.

Mur­phy says it was such a big job all up, his small busi­ness had grown into a much big­ger one, at times run­ning 40 peo­ple.

It had been “in­tense” as a job, Mr Mur­phy says.

But the project man­agers were fan­tas­tic, not least the man­agers from Full­share and Scott Carver – “the way they helped us with sit­u­a­tions and is­sues was fan­tas­tic.

“With ren­o­va­tions it’s never sim­ple: you never know what’s un­der the ground or a slab or be­hind a con­crete wall.

“As you can imag­ine, we found ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly find.”

“It was a re­ally chal­leng­ing and en­joy­able job and on be­half of Rob and my­self, we wish to thank ev­ery­one in­volved, es­pe­cially our amazing staff.”

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