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Making a splash


Construction of the concrete flume section of Rainbow Springs’ new Big Splash water ride broke all records, thanks to the Barfoote Group, a Northland based construction company.


With 400 kilometres of road separating their Whangarei base and the construction site in Rotorua, the company decided to take an innovative approach to building the 431-metre concrete flume section of the ride.


After being told by Swiss-based ride design company Intamin, that the flume had to be poured on site as there was barely a couple of millimetres leeway allowable in the finished flume size, Kiwi ingenuity came to the fore.


Trevor Barfoote, managing director Barfoote Group says, “We knew we could do it, so we designed moulds to pour the concrete flume in sections that could then be easily transported to Rotorua and slotted into place. We poured the first one, put it on the back of the ute and drove to Rainbow Springs, and that’s how we won the contract.”


Ever since then a steady flow of concrete flume sections arrived on site from Whangarei. This innovative method sped up construction of the ride eliminating the need to pour the concrete on site, which was a weather dependent job with the potential to delay a time critical project.


Due to the success of pre-casting the flume, Intamin is considering using this construction method for future rides it builds around the world.


The nine-minute long Big Splash ride is a journey through time that features an informative narrative and state-of-the-art animation bringing to life dinosaurs, moa and the Haast eagle, with an adrenalin-boosting plunge at the end.


Progressive Building – February 2012 (Issue 91)




Crew turns rubble into fresh blocks


CHIPPER: Trevor Barfoote tries his hand at chipping mortar off bricks under the watchful eye of Tom Tipene while Jeffrey Ganley looks on and Gabrielle Augustin works away.PHOTO/JOHN STONE 

One brick at a time, dedicated workers have chipped away and cleaned up thousands of bricks that now need to be sold. 
A couple of truckloads of bricks taken from the demolition of buildings at Whangarei Hospital were transported to Idea Services in Whangarei in January. 

Since then eight people from Idea Services (Intellectual Disability Empowerment in Action) have turned the massive pile of bricks, covered in mortar and cement, into neatly stacked pallets of bricks. 

Employment support coordinator Daniel Manning said a business arrangement had been made with Barfoote Construction to clean up the bricks and split the profits. 
He said a group of eight, but a core of four people - Tom Tipene, Jeffrey Ganley, Gabrielle Augustin and Richard Trail - from Idea Services had made remarkable progress on the bricks. 

They had chipped away with hammers and chisels to remove the lime mortar before they moved on to the more difficult bricks that were covered with cement. 
About 3500 bricks were on pallets ready to sell. 
Some had already been bought and used for building fireplaces, pizza ovens and garden paving. 

The money would be split between the workers and Barfoote. 
'I'm grateful we had such keen people to work on this project. I thought we had about 12 months work here but this massive pile has just about disappeared.' 
A few months work was estimated to be left on the remaining bricks and their sale had been by word of mouth so far. 

Mr Ganley said to decrease the amount of dust and soften the lime mortar the bricks had been soaked in water. 
Seeing the finished bricks ready to be re-used had given the team a sense of achievement. 

'It shows we aren't just pretty faces. It's a big achievement,' Mr Ganley said. 
Barfoote owner Trevor Barfoote said the team had done a great job of getting the bricks back to a state where they were usable again. 

'It would have been difficult to find people with such stickability for a job like this. They have done a fantastic job.' 
He said deciding to give the bricks to Idea Services and paying them for the work was one way to give back to the community.

The company had recycled about 80 per cent of the material it had removed from the demolition of wards 6, 7, 8 and 9 at the hospital. Some had been given to charities including Horses for Healing, Habitat for Humanity and the Maungatapere Community Church. 

Anyone who would like to buy some of the bricks should contact Mr Manning at Idea Services in Cooke St, Whangarei. 


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