Company:Aspec Construction Ltd, Auckland
Project:Holy Trinity Cathedral – Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Parnell, Auckland
Role:Site Manager/Cadet Mentor
The minimalist appearance of the final build disguises the complexities attached to the construction process. In considering who would be charged with realising this unique project, Aspec considered Greg King to be the natural choice. He possesses good technical knowledge coupled with an undying enthusiasm for quality, both critical attributes for a project of this type.
The bespoke design for the Bishop Selwyn Chapel included a gold inverted ceiling, which has the appearance of floating on three walls of glass, and one of the largest sliding door systems to have been installed in Australasia.
Greg’s ability to identify upcoming construction issues that could adversely affect the project programme, and to change construction methodologies and sequencing accordingly, were regularly tested. Changes in processes and programming required for the roof and precast panels (imposed by design performance and concrete pour deficiencies respectively) were efficiently resolved.
An additional challenge was that the gold ceiling required an 18-week curing (gilding) time without risk of any dust. This necessitated the effective quarantining of the Chapel for this period. A tough ask on a construction site!
This was a particularly complex building with documentation that was effectively conceptual plans. This required a great deal of initiative and intelligence to work through the onsite detailing. The Judges said, “Greg stepped up and owned the job.”