Business South May 2021

86 | BUILDING Canterbury - BG Beavan Builders Special recognition for woolshed restoration The historic Highfield Woolshed suffered extensive damage in the Waiau/Kaikoura earthquakes. 0800 622 545 ROOF SAFE NZ LTD NEW ROOFS | RE-ROOFS | FASCIA & SPOUTING ROOF REPAIRS | ROOF INSPECTION SERVICE Phone Mark +64 21 376 629 Email: E. 56 Carters Rd, Amberley P. 03 314 9913 M. 027 254 9913 Proud to be part of this outstanding project. Many thanks B.G BEAVEN BUILDERS . Brett cell 0275 340 878 | o | Check us out on Facebook and Neighbourly. Day Bros specialise in residential and commercial and exteriors repaints as well as new and spec homes. We have been around for over 30 years and pride ourselves on getting a job done on time and done well. We have a committed and experienced team who are reliable and trustworthy. Proud to Partner with this build. R estoring the historic Highfield Woolshed to its former glory after it suffered ex- tensive damage in the Waiau/Kaikoura earthquakes earned North Canterbury’s BG Beaven Builders Ltd well deserved accolades at the 2020 Master Builders New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. Nominated for the Award’s Heritage and Restoration Section, the complex and chal- lenging project earned BG Beaven Builders the judges Special Award along with a Silver Award. The Special Award is given at the discretion of the judges for a specific outstanding project or element of a project that they feel is worthy of recognition. The restoration of Highfield Woolshed certainly fits that requirement. Dating back to 1877, Highfield Woolshed is one of New Zealand’s most iconic woolsheds and is still operational. Following the Kaikoura earthquake, the building suffered significant damage with the walls becoming separated from the roof and a section of the shed collapsing. The structure shifted off its piles and be- came approximately 600mm out of level. Restoration work included re-levelling the building by lifting it to replace new piles. Heritage House Relevellers Ltd were con- tracted to re-level the building. Other remedial work included straightening the building, re-securing the walls to the roof and the installation of new bracing. Extensive repair work was also undertaken to the timber joinery and weatherboard sheathing. “It was a huge project,” says BG Beaven Director, Wendy Beaven. “Highfield Woolshed is the only one that size in New Zealand. It suffered extensive damage but when it was finished it really did look amazing — probably better than when it was first built. The build- ing had to be lifted about two metres off the ground to allow for the re-piling and re-leve- ling to be completed.” In making their award the judges com- mented that the woolshed was just outside of Waiau in North Canterbury, and only a few kilometres from the epicentre of the Kaikoura earthquake. “The event significantly damaged the build and required a talented project team to re- store it to its former glory. “While the value of the work was modest, the technical challenges that needed to be overcome were huge, especially as a lot of the operation was undertaken within a confined space. Its restoration has become a beacon for the local region’s recovery since the earthquake and is now ready to continue as operating shearing shed for another 100 years.” Wendy says that she, her husband Barney, and the entire team involved were extremely proud to have been nominated for the award and to have received Silver and the Special awards. Located in Rotherham and with a small office in Kaikoura, BG Beaven Builders has been operating for over forty years complet- ing a diverse range of projects from high-end residential through to farm buildings and maintenance projects both large and small. “The reason we did so well with the woolshed project is probably because we do such a wide range of residential work which requires a high degree of craftsmanship, “ says Wendy. Being a family owned and operated busi- ness, treating staff and customers as though they were family and a long involvement in the community have all contributed to the company’s success over the years. T Richard Loader The structure shifted off its piles and became approximately 600mm out of level.