Heritage Buildings Strength & Repair

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C. Lund & Son Ltd is unique; we are a technically capable construction company with significant in-house resources. This, coupled with our passion for Canterbury’s building heritage that we have spent over 50 years contributing to makes us the clear choice in any heritage project.

C. Lund & Son Ltd have a thorough understanding of the complexities and risks of undertaking work associated with strengthening and improving heritage fabric of a historic building. We successfully completed a significant proportion of the heritage projects undertaken in Christchurch prior to the 2010/2011 earthquakes, and have continued this commitment through strengthening and repair projects such as Ohinetahi and the Boys’ High building at the Arts Centre in the years following.

There are several aspects of heritage work that set it apart from commercial or civil construction. Safety and occupation of compromised structures is one of them. The high labour content and hard graft required to undertake heritage work is another, and the careful handling and management of existing heritage material is also of significance. The answer to all of these considerations is planning. Over the years, C. Lund and Son Ltd have developed several systems and processes for the management of work activities in and for heritage buildings. Our trade staff are familiar with these systems, and in most cases helped develop them so that our clients can have surety that we will execute the project in a controlled, responsible and efficient manner.

We commit to undertake a series of comprehensive methodology reviews on each heritage project undertaken by C. Lund & Son Ltd. The function of these reviews is to identify any areas requiring specific methodology or care that may not have been previously identified. These commence at the start of a project, and are performed at the appropriate stages throughout the job.

Our resources also set us apart, the C. Lund & Son Ltd in-house joinery workshop, structural steel, and precast facilities enable the timely and highly customised manufacture of building components to match existing components, with high quality workmanship being an essential element in the restoration works following the strengthening of every building.

Examples of heritage work can be seen in the project profiles for the Old Government Building, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (Catholic), Malthouse Theatre Earthquake Strengthening and the Christchurch (Anglican) Cathedral along with the rebuilding of Ohinetahi and work on the Boys’ High Building at the Christchurch Arts Centre, post-earthquake.

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