Fork Farm Homestead, Wanaka

When Phill Hunt and Lizzie Carruthers decided to protect their historic homestead for future generations, they did it properly. Calling on structural and civil engineering firm Batchelar McDougall Consulting, they undertook a comprehensive upgrade and structural strengthening project that also involved the BBR Contech team.

The two-storey homestead is part of Fork Farm, a sheep, deer and beef farming enterprise in Wanaka that’s been in the Hunt family since 1928. It was built by Scottish stonemasons more than 100 years ago, when the farm was part of Wanaka Station, and the couple is determined to see it survive for another century and beyond.

Our work included installing 221m of carbon-fibre plate (Sika® Carbodur®) into full- height vertical slots cut into the walls. Measuring 20mm wide and 1.2mm thick, the strips of carbon fibre were mounted close to the surface to provide a near-flush finish.

We also applied 60m2of SikaWrap®-930 G glass-fibre fabric to the internal walls. This will help to hold the stonework underneath in place – ensuring a safe, and strong, home that should deliver the performance that Phill and Lizzie are looking for.