Tradies help to build the new brand

Whitsunday Times - - STAY.PLAY.EXPLORE -

BUILD­ING the new brand at the Abell Point Ma­rina has been a labour of love for more than 50 trades­peo­ple over the life of the con­struc­tion project to date.

Site su­per­vi­sor Peter Fer­gu­son, from War­ren Trans­port Heavy Haulage and Plant Hire, has been the man on the ground for the past eight months, mak­ing sure that the pro- ject’s goals are met and that high stan­dards are con­sis­tently main­tained.

Mr Fer­gu­son said one of the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with this par­tic­u­lar job was keep­ing dis­rup­tion to the pub­lic at a min­i­mum.

“We’ve kept traf­fic flow hap­pen­ing, which is a job in it­self, be­cause of course the place isn’t closed. We have to make sure it’s busi­ness as usual,” he said.

Mr Fer­gu­son said in ad­di­tion to the ma­jor works of con­struct­ing carparks, en­trance and exit-ways and Port Cochere’s (awnings), jobs had ranged from less vis­i­ble in­fra­struc­ture works such as the in­stal­la­tion of stormwa­ter pipes and elec­tri­cal and wa­ter con­duits, to the build­ing of a CASA-ap­proved he­li­pad, com­plete with the ap­pro­pri­ate lights and tiedowns.

He said War­ren Trans­port had worked hand-in hand with a range of trades­peo­ple and ser­vice providers in­clud­ing con­creters, stone ma­sons, elec­tri­cians and more.

Neil Howard from Howard Con­crete Con­struc­tions said his team had poured about 13,000 square me­tres of con­crete on the site.

“We’ve worked very closely with War­ren Trans­port and the en­gi­neer to make it work and we’re very proud of the work we’ve pro­duced,” he said.

Brad Rolfe, from Whit­sun­day Stonelay­ers said work­ing on the project had ac­tu­ally en­abled him to re-em­ploy a cou­ple of staff.

“And I couldn’t have done it with­out my right-hand girl Kimmy Hay­lock,” he said.

Chris Doblo from Air­lie Beach Elec­tri­cal said pro­vid­ing light­ing and power to the new carparks was just the start of a much big­ger job to dou­ble the power in­take to the en­tire ma­rina and in­crease the elec­tri­cal ca­pac­ity on L, Mand N arms by about 300 per cent.

“I think what’s com­ing to­gether right now is only a small part of the ma­jor plan but it has def­i­nitely given it all a facelift,” he said.

Over­all, Mr Fer­gu­son said he and his col­leagues had very much en­joyed work­ing on the up­grade.

“We’ve had some re­ally good feed­back, we’ve all learned some­thing and to see the fin­ished prod­uct com­ing to­gether – we’re ac­tu­ally quite proud of our­selves,” he said.

War­ren Trans­port owner John War­ren was full of praise for the en­tire team. “The whole team has worked very well to­gether – it’s been a great team ef­fort and a plea­sure to be work­ing with Paul [Dar­rouzet] as the ma­rina owner,” he said.

TALK OF THE TRADE: Peter Fer­gu­son (War­ren Trans­port), Peter Pit­ten­drigh (Abell Point Ma­rina Con­struc­tions), John War­ren (War­ren Trans­port) and Chris Doblo (Air­lie Beach Elec­tri­cal), are all proud of their re­spec­tive ef­forts to re-build the phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture at Abell Point Ma­rina.

ON THE JOB: About 13,000 square me­tres of con­crete has been poured on the Abell Point Ma­rina site.

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