Simon Construction sets new standards for luxury in retirement village living

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Simon Construction was recognised for its excellent workmanship and finish at the 2018 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards.

They took home a Gold Award and category win for the Allied Concrete Value $5 million to $15 million. The company also won a Gold Award for a second project in the Heritage/Restoration category.

This project saw the company successfully complete Christchurch’s Russley Village Homestead, a multi-purpose building for residents of the retirement village.

The building has areas purpose-built for entertainment and socialising, including a boutique cinema with tiered seats, a cafe, and brasserie.

There is also a library, study, computer area, an arts and crafts space, hair salon and wellness rooms for health professionals.

Simon Construction’s Izaac Simon said the project was challenging due to the nature of the site, and the time constraints of the build.

“Given that we were working within an existing retirement village, it was definitely difficult. We had to make sure all health and safety aspects were managed appropriately, ensuring no residents accidentally wandered onto the site,” he says.

“We were also working in a tight time frame, but we managed to push through and get it done, which was really pleasing.”

The competition judges were impressed with the quality of finish, especially considering the challenges of the site.

“This was a very restricted site, in the centre of an occupied retirement village, and adjacent to another project being constructed by a different contractor,” the judges said.

“The building successfully conveys a ‘country club’ atmosphere, incorporating community activities such as the cafe, restaurant, lounge, and snooker room.

“The workmanship is exemplary throughout, and the finish is of the highest level, incorporating bespoke features and imported materials and fixtures.

“The building sits comfortably within its context, and it is an excellent addition to the retirement village.”

2018 was the first time Simon Construction had entered the competition, and they were extremely surprised to walk away with a win.

Mr Simon says it recognises the hard work the team put in to their trade, and the quality finish of their output.

“Winning this award was a great surprise. It gives us more credibility with our peers and within the construction industry. We were up against some good companies with some talented people, so to have this win under our belt is awesome.

“For a small company like ours that is family-based and managed, to be able to stand on an equal footing with some of our peers was pretty cool. We’ve been in business for over 30 years, and it’s always been about producing the best outcome and finished products for our clients,” he says.

The New Zealand Commercial Project Awards are owned by the Registered Master Builders Association, and sponsored by Altus, Allied Concrete, CARTERS, Construction Marketing Services, GIB, PlaceMakers and Resene.