In May, the dilapidated barn at Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park was deconstructed by a subcontractor of UMS New Zealand for safety reasons. To meet the Auckland Council new strategy to drastically reduce construction waste, UMS subcontracted the project to TROW Group, a firm specialising in diverting construction waste materials from landfill to communities. This ensures the resources from the Puhoi barn will be redistributed to communities in New Zealand or the Pacific.
Construction and demolition waste currently make up 50% of Auckland’s total waste stream. In fact, the Auckland Council estimates that by the end of June 2019, Auckland will have produced over 560,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste. This is the equivalent of 196 Auckland Town Halls filled to the brim. With construction and demolition waste projected to grow at around 3% per annum, it is imperative that deconstruction companies attempt to recover valuable materials that can be reused elsewhere.
According to Beth Houlbrooke, Rodney Local Board Chairperson, “…Puhoi barn [was] an important historical farming landmark for the local community. …having to remove the barn for safety reasons, we were keen to manage it in a way that was respectful to the building’s heritage.” To preserve as much of the barn’s building fixtures and fittings as possible, our subcontractor took a soft approach towards deconstructing the barn instead of the “wrecking ball” approach. TROW Group brought in a four-wheel drive scissor lift and recovered as much reusable corrugated iron and timber as possible. Aside from the building fixtures, the kitchen, bathroom and light fittings were also saved for reuse.
TROW Group is currently the only deconstruction firm in Auckland to recover deconstruction materials and use it on Auckland community development. TROW Group also ships materials to Tonga where they might be used to rebuild homes, churches and schools damaged during cyclones.
UMS New Zealand is so proud to see building materials being given a second life. By diverting deconstruction waste to help the communities in need and preventing it from going to the wasteland, Auckland is heading towards a more sustainable future.