Tradies help to build the new brand
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.