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Hawkins 2017 Ltd (Construction Company), Octa Associates Ltd (Engineer), Warren and Mahoney (Architect/Designer)
This is an outstanding example of large-scale reinstatement and restoration of an iconic Christchurch landmark. Originally designed by Sir Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney of the architectural firm Warren and Mahoney and constructed by local identity Chas Luney, it was one of the largest civic projects undertaken by the Christchurch City Council, officially opening on the 30th September 1972 by His Excellency Governor General, Sir Dennis Blundell. This building has been the region’s premier venue for performing arts right up until the unfortunate earthquake in February 2011.
In 2011, while undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment, the Christchurch earthquake broke the building apart with significant ingress of water into its basement and liquefaction compromising its simple foundations.
In 2012, the council decided to repair the existing facility to 100 per cent of the new building standard. This reinstatement forced significant deconstruction of the existing fabric to allow large piling and excavation equipment access. Bit by bit the ground under each of the columns was remediated and the building levelled. New floor slabs were cast and complex finishes reapplied. Significant upgrades of the building services were undertaken at the same time, along with the construction of additional space to accommodate the long-term tenants. The completed facility looks better that the original and has now been bought into the next century. It is a huge credit to all those involved, and it is now poised to recement its role the country’s leading Performing Arts facility.
LT McGuinness Auckland Limited
Blue Water (Lion / Little Creatures Fitout Project Manager), Cheshire Architects (Architect/Designer), Ignite (for Lion) (Architect/Designer), LT McGuinness Auckland Limited (Construction Company), RCP (Willis Bond Project Manager), Structure Design Ltd (SDL) (Engineer)
HLC (Homes Land Community)LionWillis Bond & Co
From the late 1920s, the Hobsonville Point area was the site of a Royal New Zealand Air Force base with its flying boats and Catalina seaplanes. Over several stages, the rundown air force buildings and waterfront land are being transformed into a thriving seaside village. Stage 1 saw old air force workshops converted into office and commercial spaces. State 2 involved building the Sunderland Hangar, featuring hospitality, retail and office spaces. Preserving the site’s heritage character with its 90-year-old steel and concrete structures was important. The existing steel was kept and exposed as a feature, with new steel installed to strengthen it and to take the additional mezzanine floor.
W & W Construction 2010 Limited
BPL Group (Engineer), BSM Group Architects Ltd (Architect/Designer), Saunders Stevenson (Quantity Surveyor), W & W Construction 2010 Limited (Construction Company), Whanganui District Council (Project Manager)
Whangaui District Council
The Whanganui War Memorial Centre is a significant piece of New Zealand’s architectural heritage, representing an outstanding example of post-war modernism. It has set the benchmark for many of New Zealand’s subsequent architecture. The building has undergone extensive seismic strengthening. Construction had to be undertaken in a manner to minimise the impact on the existing building structure. The work involved securing non-load-bearing masonry walls with additional steel poles and adding a reinforced shear wall structure on the forecourt near the main entrance. Finishing works included flooring repairs, new ceiling and wall linings as well as applied finishes such as clear external sealer coat, painting and new carpet. The project was finished to a high level and has received positive feedback from the community.
W&W Construction 2010 Limited
BPL Group (Engineer), RTA Studio Limited (Architect/Designer), W & W Construction 2010 Limited (Construction Company)
Whanganui College Board of Trustees
First built in 1911 and used as a dining room, the HG Carver Memorial Library is located within the Historic Places, Category One listed heritage site, of Whanganui Collegiate school. The project consisted of a total strip out of the existing interior structure including removal of all flooring. The roof was also removed and strengthened using plywood timber battens to support new concrete tiles. A stand out feature of the library was the reuse of timber floor joists, matai flooring and brickwork to maintain its heritage. Internal brickwork was plastered to give a modern feel rather than the exposed.
BG BEAVEN BUILDERS LTD (Construction Company), Heritage house relevellers Ltd (House Relevellers), Win Clark Engineering Consultant (Engineer)
The Highfield Woolshed is one of New Zealand’s most iconic woolsheds, dating as far back as 1877. Following the Kaikoura earthquake, the building received significant damage. This included walls becoming separated from the roof and a section of the shed collapsing. The structure also shifted off its piles and became approximately 600 mm out of level. The restoration work included re-levelling the building by lifting it to replace new piles. Other remedial work included straightening of the building, re-securing the walls to the roof and the installation of new bracing. Extensive repair work was also undertaken to the timber joinery and weatherboard sheathing.