COVID-19 Response

Tuesday 28 April: Alert Level 3.

Great News – we’re back on the tools!

With the movement to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April, Ashcroft’s construction teams were able to get back onsite and get client projects back on track. .

What does construction, at Alert Level 3, look like?

A COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations has been developed by key industry organisations, along with guidelines for residential builders.

As a result, a number of new safety protocols have been introduced, the most important of these being a Trace Register which will need to be completed by everybody accessing the site, both on arrival and departure. This is to track movement and potential channels for virus spread.

Correct hygiene protocols and social distancing will have to be adhered to and correct cleaning of tools and equipment is paramount. This means introduction of wash stations, appropriate signage and a number of associated protocols. We will be restricted to having one contractor on site at a time which, along with the increased safety measures, will impact scheduling, turnaround times and final project delivery dates. This is unfortunate, but it is the only way we can continue to keep our teams, clients and communities safe.

Wed 26 March: Alert Level 4

Ashcroft Homes Response to Covid-19: What does this mean for new and existing Ashcroft Homes build projects?

The services we provide are deemed by the NZ Government as ‘non-essential’ and as such we need to comply with the Alert Level 4 protocols. This means that we closed our physical office and our project sites as of 5pm Wednesday 26 March.

However, there is a significant amount of work that can continue during this lockdown period enabling our clients to be a step ahead when the lockdown period ends.  All our staff are able to work from home and have been doing so since Monday 23 March.  Auckland Council staff are also able to work remotely and resource and building applications and consents continue to be processed.

What stage are you at with your New Build Project? …this is the work the Ashcroft Homes Team can do for You…
Initial Project Consideration It’s business as usual for our Property Development Consultants who are onhand to help you understand the development potential of your land and provide indicative cost figures for you. Get in touch today to discuss your project or request a no cost, no obligation evaluation of your site.
Site Feasibility & Scheme Plans

Our Site Drafting Team will continue to prepare layout and sectional drawings to optimise the use of your land, so business-as-usual.

For enquiries, please contact Andrew Pook, Sales Manager on 021 577 261 or email at Andrew@ashcrofthomes.co.nz

Resource Consents

Our Planning & Subdivision Team will continue to develop engineering solutions, prepare and lodge Resource Consent applications and continue to talk with Council daily to progress those applications already lodged – so business-as-usual.

For enquiries, please contact Brendon Hewitt, Planning & Subdivisions Manager on 021 608 817 or email at Brendon@ashcrofthomes.co.nz

Contract Preparation & Signing

Our Sales Team (supported by our Site Drafting, Planning & Subdivision Teams) will be contacting and working for you to progress your developments, so business-as-usual.

For enquiries, please contact Andrew Pook, Sales Manager on 021 577 261 or email at Andrew@ashcrofthomes.co.nz

Building Consents

Our Building Consent Team will continue to prepare and lodge Building Consent applications and continue to talk with Council daily to progress those applications already lodged, so business-as-usual.

For enquiries, please contact Wendy Davies, Building Consent Programme Lead on 021 197 3803 or email at Wendy@ashcrofthomes.co.nz

Projects in construction/subdivision works/drainage

All Projects that were able to be handed over, have been. All other Project Sites are now closed until the lockdown period is over.

This unfortunately means that the timeline for these projects will be delayed.  For enquiries relating to subdivision works and drainage, please contact Stephen Forbes-Brown, Subdivisions Project Manager on 021 608 941 or email at Stephen@ashcrofthomes.co.nz. For enquiries related to Construction, please contact Grant Goodwin, Construction Manager on 021-608-250 or email at Grant@ashcrofthomes.co.nz

Maintenance

No maintenance work can be done during the lockdown period. However our teams will be ready to assist as soon as they can at the conclusion of the lockdown period.

For enquiries, please contact Grant Goodwin, Construction Manager on 021-608-250 or email at Grant@ashcrofthomes.co.nz

 

All teams will prepare and send their weekly progress updates to you on Wednesday’s, so business-as-usual.

We thank you for your business, understanding and support during this unprecedented situation.

Our thoughts remain with you, your families and friends during these uncertain times.

 

Paul Koppens

Director

16 March 2020: Alert Level 2

With the evolving situation around COVID-19, we would like to assure you that the Ashcroft Homes Team is working hard to protect our staff, customers, suppliers and the wider community.

We have put in place a series of proactive measures to maintain business-as-usual while doing our utmost to prevent the spread of the virus any further within New Zealand.

These measures include:

  • Closing the Ashcroft Homes office to walk in visitors – access for visitors is by appointment only, and visitors will be asked to adhere to Ashcroft’s hygiene protocols when visiting.
  • Increasing hygiene practices of all Ashcroft Homes staff members. These include daily cleaning of workstations, high-contact areas and communal areas. Antiseptic gel and wipes have been issued to staff and are available to all in the office.
  • Reducing the number of face-to-face meetings and limiting the numbers in attendance at those meetings.
  • All staff are practicing a ‘no physical contact approach’ and will not be shaking hands. We also require a physical separation of at least one metre between all people in our office, whether they be a team member or a visitor to the office.
  • Ensuring all staff have access to our Virtual Private Network facility so everyone has the ability to work from home.
  • All people displaying any cold or flu like symptoms are restricted from coming to the Ashcroft Homes office and any staff with such symptoms are required to work from home.

With regards to business as usual, plans are still being produced, resource and building consents are being lodged and approved, and titles are still being issued. Council have confirmed that currently all operations are continuing as usual (with additional protection measures in place) and that staff can work remotely if required. We are working closely with all our supply partners to ensure supply chain resilience, expanding supply coverage across critical products and services. Regular communications with our partners allow us to anticipate issues so we can proactively respond and maintain our supply of products and services.

Rest assured, we are monitoring the situation daily, following Government advice on the matter and engaging our own additional protection protocols. If you would like to discuss the situation then please contact Tim Lott our Chief Operating Officer on 09 377 5885.

We thank you for your understanding and support and our thoughts are with you and your families during these uncertain times.

Yours faithfully

Paul Koppens

Director

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