Solutions 2 Access is committed to the Christchurch rebuild and we have moved our Construction Teams into residential rebuilds throughout the city. Our key staff are licensed builders and have a large amount of experience in the industry. We can think outside the square and specialise in work on difficult sites, such as Port Hill locations.
We can undertake any aspect of a residential property rebuild or repair, from complete project management; including demolition, design and build to minor repairs. We have very good relationships with our material suppliers and sub-contractors such as draughtsmen, roofers, drainlayers, plumbers and electricians.
Backcountry refers to New Zealand’s conservation estate; it is a region characterised by its isolation and at times, its difficulty of access, yet also for its popularity as a destination. Solutions 2 Access has had an active role in backcountry construction since 1996, and we are both skilled and experienced in executing projects in remote and difficult to access areas. Our work takes us everywhere from coastal areas (such as the Abel Tasman National Park) to alpine areas (such as Aoraki Mount Cook National Park), as well as everywhere in between. As working in a remote environment demands, Solutions 2 Access has experience in using helicopters, barges, and human packhorses – essentially whatever it takes – to get materials onto site.
Backcountry construction often entails living on site during construction. Solutions 2 Access staff are completely self-sufficient whilst on site in terms of outdoor first aid, living and cooking. In addition to being completely self-reliant, our staff also have river crossing skills, alpine crevasse rescue, four-wheel driving skills – plus much, much more. Our staff will work in all conditions and are prepared to walk out if conditions will not allow any other way out. Solutions 2 Access and our staff are committed to the lifestyle and difficulties that come with backcountry construction.
An integral part of working in a unique environment such as the backcountry is to be environmentally sensitive, something Solutions 2 Access strongly believes in and strives towards. We pride ourselves on having minimal environmental impact, as well as having the ability to produce an aesthetically pleasing, high quality product that sits well in its environment without overshadowing, detracting from, or reflecting negatively upon the natural surroundings.
Solutions 2 Access’ work enhances the infrastructure to support visitors within backcountry areas and we are proud to help provide exciting and safe adventures. Our constructions allow both international and local tourists to safely visit and admire New Zealand’s beautiful backcountry.
Key clients of Solutions 2 Access’ backcountry construction service include: Great Barrier Island, Nelson, Canterbury, Otago, Southland and West Coast conservancies of the Department of Conservation, as well as the Christchurch City Council.
Solutions 2 Access was contracted by Martin and Christina Freeman to build a house on a challenging hill section in Mount Pleasant, Christchurch. The house is 260m2 and we carried out all works on the house with the exception of plumbing, electrical and drainage. The house is valued at $800,000.00 and was completed in December 2011.
Solutions 2 Access was contracted by Kerry Coulshed to design and build new residential dwelling on a hill section in Huntsbury, Christchurch. The house is 120m2 and Solutions 2 Access carried out all works on the house with the exception of plumbing, electrical and drainage. The house is valued at $500,000.00 and was completed in July 2009.
Solutions 2 Access was contracted by the Department of Conservation (Waimakariri Area Office) to supply and erect a 24 bunk hut with attached wardens’ quarters and a separate toilet and sewerage system in Arthur’s Pass National Park. The new site had no existing infrastructure and Solutions 2 Access built the hut including toilets and dispersals from scratch throughout the course of an alpine winter. Due to the isolation of the hut (half a day walk in or out with numerous river crossings), all materials had to be flown onto site. The contract value was $320,000.00 and the contract was completed in October 2007.
Solutions 2 Access was contracted by the Department of Conservation (Ruakapuka Area Office) to supply and erect a 26 bunk hut with attached wardens’ quarters and a separate toilet and sewerage system in the Mt Somers Conservation Area. The new site had no existing infrastructure and the hut was built from scratch, including toilets and dispersals, throughout a sub-alpine winter. The site was located at Woolshed Creek, two hours from the road end, and all supplies were driven to site via a 4WD track. The contract value was $300,000.00 and the contract was completed in June 2006.
Solutions 2 Access was contracted to design and build a suspension bridge in the centre of Pegasus Township, Christchurch. The bridge was designed to span 50 meters, weighs 30 tonnes and is anchored by a 500 tonne underground load; it was designed to withstand an unlimited pedestrian loading. We worked successfully under tight time constraints on a site with numerous other contractors and demonstrated sound project management and reporting skills throughout the bridge’s construction. The physical construction of the bridge was done using industrial rope access in coordination with a 200 tonne mobile crane to manoeuvre equipment. The contract value was $1,000,000.00 and the contract was completed in August 2009.
Solutions 2 Access was contracted by the Department of Conservation to install a suspension bridge over the Punakaiki and Pororari Rivers in the Paparoa National Park. Paparoa National Park is internationally recognised for its scenic blowholes, pancake rocks and stunning limestone cliffs; similar to many of Solutions 2 Access’ worksites, the region has high environmental values. The bridge is located at the road end and spans 100 metres, steel piles were driven 6 meters into the riverbed and tower abutments were cast on top, with 10 meter high timber towers. Helicopters and backcountry construction skills (including 4WD river crossing techniques) were used to bring supplies to site and industrial rope access techniques were used to install a ‘flying fox’ cableway across the river, allowing construction and river crossings when the river was in flood. The contract value was $250,000.00