The project was finally underway in November 2019 and seven volunteers spent four days onsite constructing the new foundations and winching the biv back onto the new secure subfloor. The team included Kerry Clapham, Martin Clapham, Kerry Millard, Phil Bones, William Osborne, Stefan Warnaar, Jan Clayton-Greene.
Once onsite, the group’s builder, Kerry Millard, measured up the new pile holes while the rest of the crew started on digging the pile holes. Six new piles, bracing and bearers were constructed directly adjacent to the biv. When the foundations were secure, the biv was lifted using highlift jacks. A safety sling anchored to a large uphill tree was looped around the biv and it was lifted around 50mm on the downwards side and a temporary bearer for the biv to sit on. The original foundations were then demolished and the team continued the careful task of lifting the biv alternating down and up hill sides until the biv was raised 250mm onto the new foundation height.
Many thanks to all the generous volunteers and sponsors, Phil Crawford of DoC Nelson Lakes, Marlborough Tramping Club, Otago and Canterbury University Tramping Clubs, and everyone who helped to bring the project to completion.