Golden Bay firm to build health centre

00:59, Sep 29 2012

The new Golden Bay Integrated Family Health Centre is one step closer to beginning construction, with the main contractor chosen.

AC Builders, a family-run company based in Golden Bay, has won the contract for the new facility that will centralise medical care, maternity services and rest home support for the elderly, three kilometres from Takaka.

Quantity surveyor Georgina Fearon, daughter of managing director Liz Clingan, said they were excited about the project.

"We're very much looking forward to starting, hopefully within the next couple of weeks," she said. "It will be nice to be involved in a significant project in the community."

Co-director Alan Clingan would be the lead builder on the project and Alex Fearon, Mrs Fearon's husband, would be the project manager.

This was one of the biggest projects the company had undertaken, Mrs Fearon said.


Trustee of the Golden Bay Community Health Te Hauora o Mohua Trust, Linda Sanders, said it was great to have a local building company as the main contractor.

Before the build can begin, the trust needs to have consent from the Tasman District Council.

"We're hoping they [TDC] make sure it doesn't drag on."

Mrs Fearon said stage 1 would begin once possession of the site was provided, expected to be next month. This would involve removing an annexe and providing temporary accommodation for those working there.

Stage 2, the new build, was expected to take 28 weeks and Stage 3, refurbishing existing buildings, would take about 12 weeks.