Local company to be featured on HGTV for relocating Halifax house

Amy MacKenzie
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Rushton Construction employees and the producers of HGTV Canada’s “Massive Moves” pose for a photo. The New Glasgow-based company will be featured on the show in March. From left: John Rushton, producer and director Peter Gauvain, Sheldon Rushton, Brad Rushton and assistant producer George Woodcock stand in front of the historic house S. Rushton Construction moved in Halifax. The local construction company’s project was filmed by Windfall Films and will be featured in an episode of Massive Moves on HGTV in March. SUBMITTED PHOTO

HALIFAX – A New Glasgow-based company and its employees will be featured on a national television show for a construction job that recently received media attention in the province’s capital.

S Rushton Construction was hired to move a 249-year-old Halifax, building, among the oldest in the city.

The company had caught the attention of Windfall Films, a production company that films the television series for major networks like HGTV, Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channels.

Windfall Films was interested in featuring S. Rushton Construction in its series “Massive Moves” which airs on HGTV Canada.

“They contacted us in the summer about doing a move with us,” Brad Rushton of S. Rushton Construction said. “We decided this was the only one that really lined up with their schedule for them.”

The England-based film company came to Nova Scotia to shoot footage of the local construction workers as they prepared to move the historic house. The house originally sat on Hollis Street before the New Glasgow company moved it to a nearby Nova Scotia Power-owned lot in 2009. Now, the company has moved it again, 4.5 kilometres to the corner of Creighton and Charles streets.

“They were here for three weeks and they’re just finished up here (Tuesday),” Rushton said. “They filmed us getting the building ready to move and they filmed us hauling it down through Halifax, so it was kind of cool for us.”

Rushton said he’s not sure what exactly will be in the show because about 50 hours of footage was captured and only 22 minutes will be used in the show.

“So, it’s hard to say what will be on there,” Rushton said. But he said he has a rough idea of what viewers will see when the show airs.

“They interviewed us about the scope of work and they basically filmed us doing what we do, putting our gear under the building and hauling it up the road,” he said.

The show is set to air on March 24 on HGTV Canada at 10 p.m., but Rushton said that is a tentative date and time.

“They said it often gets shifted to the next week or week before,” Rushton said. “But, it should be posted on the HGTV website within the next few weeks, it will be on the schedule.”

Organizations: S. Rushton Construction, Halifax house, Windfall Films Discovery Channel Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Hollis Street, New Glasgow Creighton

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  • DW
    February 01, 2013 - 07:00

    That's awesome news. I have heard of your company many times over the years. Congratulations on your feature film. Would like to see it! :)

  • westville jack
    January 31, 2013 - 13:46

    well we all knew that they hired the best of the best.u all should b so proud of the care and job.u set out keep up the good work mr rushton and your work crew