Developing Summerset

March 9, 2023

Trenches for drainage, sewer and comms pipes are currently being prepared at the site for the new Summerset Retirement village in Blenheim.

CMT Group Civil Site Manager Stu McLaughlin has been busy working with Simcox to get the foundations prepared for the six- hectare site. “We’re happy to be subcontracted to complete all the drainage, sewer and comms trenching for the site.” Says Stu.

“It’s been a big job so far, which started with the demolition of the existing berry fields and adjoining house which was a big Marlborough icon” he continues. “It’s been very cool leading the team on this job. I’m stoked with the number of opportunities in my career since I’ve been here.”

Stu’s been a valuable part of the civil team since he relocated to Marlborough over two years ago. The career opportunities and added responsibility has been a key drive for Stu, plus the guys he gets to work with are “good sorts” according to him.

Stu and Neville
Site Manager Stu McLaughlin and Financial Controller Neville Standring discussing progress at Summerset. Joker Stu says "There's only ever one guy in the photo who knows what he's talking about."


We’ve had multiple pieces of machinery on site clearing the land since early 2022. This has included all the surrounding roading work. The high water-table present in the area has posed a challenge. With the flooding and heavy rain last winter we had to mitigate large pools of water to continue work. We’re fortunate that the dry summer and warmer weather is helping alleviate the problem.


New plans of the Summerset village


The new development is set to be the largest retirement home in Marlborough and will have 267 villas, cottages, and units. The boundary will meet the Notting Hill subdivision and neighbouring grapevines. It’s a much-needed development for the aging population in Marlborough looking to downsize to one or two bedroom houses.

The new facility will host a cafe and bar, library, theatre, chapel, gym, spa, salon, indoor pool, activity rooms and lounges, and a third-floor plant deck. Plus, the new state of the art specialist memory care centre. These centres have been hailed by Dementia NZ as “breaking the mould” with innovative construction design, the latest one opening in Rototuna, Hamilton in November.


Cameron Reid from CMT group working on the many trenches around the property
Cameron Reid from CMT group working on the many trenches around the property


“They are the first apartment-style accommodation available in New Zealand for people living with dementia and have many innovative design features that make them homely, secure and soothing for residents,” Summerset spokeswoman Jenny Bridgen said.

The grounds also featured a bowling green, an outdoor kitchen, a hobbies workshop and lounge, a scooter shed, as well as 340 car parks for residents, staff and visitors. It will be securely fenced and locked at night for additional security.

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