Retirement village progressing

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Taking shape .. A photograph taken from a drone shows the fully-enclosed community wing and apartment block of Oamaru's Observatory Retirement Village. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

More than halfway through the construction period, the $22million Observatory Retirement Village project is “trucking along nicely”, according to project manager Michael Forgie.

As of late last week, the 1000sq m apartment block was fully enclosed and joinery, painting and insulation work under way.

The 1000sq m community wing – which will feature a hair salon, meeting room, chapel, laundry, kitchen, community lounge, and nurses’ rooms – was also now fully enclosed, as was the 41-bed, 1700sq m care facility.

Work to install infrastructure such as storm water, water and electricity in Stoke St, and the loop road extension had progressed according to plan, Mr Forgie said.

The addition of the loop road extension would make access easier for residents and visitors.

“It’s trucking along nicely.”

Despite a wet month, in which more than 100mm of rain fell in Oamaru making it one of the wettest Novembers on record, work had not been impacted on enough to cause any major delays, Mr Forgie said.

“From a building construction point of view, because they’re all enclosed, there’s been no issues. The civil works obviously does get affected, but it’s not at the critical part, so it hasn’t had much impact.”

Work on the villas above the main complex would begin early next year, and three were expected to be finished by the end of July.

When completed, the facility overlooking Oamaru will cover an area of about 4000sq m.

Observatory Retirement Village Trust chairman Ken Scott said he was delighted with the progress that had been made since construction started in February.

“All I can say is we are very happy with the way we have gone. Progress is excellent,” Mr Scott said.

“There’s enormous interest in the community and a large number of people have expressed [interest] in what’s going on. We do have a long list of people that are interested in wanting to be part of the whole complex.”