Heritage and Restoration

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Project: Old St Paul's Seismic Upgrade

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Maycroft Construction Limited

Project Partners

Dunning Thornton Consultants Limited (Architect/Designer), Maycroft Construction (Construction Company), Octa Associates (Senior Project Manager), The Architects (Conservation Architect), Urban Outcomes Limited (Project Quantity Surveyor)

Owned By

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Being a category 1 Heritage building, the Old St Paul’s Seismic upgrade contained no shortage of surprises. After the building was damaged in the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, it needed extensive work done, such as structural strengthening and upgrading. The team needed to preserve and protect as much of the heritage fabric as they could, as well as retaining its authenticity. A challenge the team faced was the several alterations Old St Paul’s has had over the years, making it challenging to work with the various construction techniques. The period of construction meant no two joints were the same. Strengthening and repair work followed traditional trade practices and techniques in preference to modern techniques.

Project: Clark Cottage, Hobsonville

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Summerset

Project Partners

DPA Architects (Architect/Designer), Summerset (Architect/Designer), Summerset Group Holdings (Client), Wishbone Ltd (Construction Company)

Owned By

Summerset Group Holdings

Clarke Cottage is a Category 1 Heritage designated building located in Summerset at Monterey park retirement village in Christchurch. It was in a state of despair and needed to be restored as it holds technological significance as a rare and well-preserved example of the use of hollow-core stoneware blocks patented by T E Clark (the first occupants of the building). This unique project was constructed in the early 1900’s, its historical significance resulted in a 6-month long process to obtain building consent. The cottage has had 77% structural improvement while still preserving the features and character of the building. The original interior was in very poor condition, replacement finishes were carefully chosen to ensure that it was in keeping of the original architecture. The cottage can now be shared and enjoyed by the Summerset residents and community.

Project: Hawke's Bay Opera House

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DPA Architects

Project Partners

Focus Project Management Ltd (Project Manager), Gemco Construction (Construction Company), Gemco Trades (Painting Contractor/Plastering), Hastings District Council (Owner/Client), Holmes Consulting (Engineer), Holmes Fire (Fire Engineer), Refrigeration & Mechanical Hawkes Bay (HVAC Contractor), Turfrey (Roofer)

Owned By

Hastings District Council

The Hawke’s Bay Opera House recently rebranded Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre, is an exceptionally significant heritage building. It is one of the last surviving theatres in New Zealand designed by renowned theatre architect Henry Eli White. New foundations and beams have been constructed below ground level, which required the removal and later reconstruction of sections of the ground floor. Much of the original mosaic tiles to the ground floor foyer were removed and later carefully reconstructed like-for-like, to conserve the historical and aesthetic integrity of the foyer. As with any building of high heritage values that requires structural upgrading, one of the major challenges was to introduce structural interventions in such a way that the building’s heritage values are not unduly compromised – the team at DPA Architects did an excellent job of this.

Project: Basin Reserve Museum Stand

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Armstrong Downes Commercial

Project Partners

Armstrong Downes Commercial (Construction Company), Shand Shelton Limited (Architect/Designer), Silvester Clark Consulting Engineers (Engineer)

Owned By

Wellington City Council

The Basin Reserve Museum Stand was built in 1924 and is registered as a Category 2 historic place. The restoration had some standout sustainability aspects such as the reuse of all the heritage timber throughout the building including the existing doors, and heritage floor and wall tiles. The team maintained the heritage façade plaster and timber joinery by mimicking existing construction using contemporary construction techniques. Only about 20% of the damaged timber had to be replaced. Time frame and budget were the two main challenges as the restoration had to be ready for the second test match between India and New Zealand, but the project was delivered on time.

Project: Ridgway Chambers Building

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Shane Stone Builders Limited

Project Partners

Shane Stone Builders (Project Manager/Quantity Surveyor/Site Foreman)

Owned By

Hadleigh Reid

The Ridgway Chambers Building is the oldest commercial building in Wanganui and has been restored to its former glory. The building had been abandoned for approximately 10 years and left to decay before going through a dramatic restoration. The building was reconfigured to be a glass studio and workshop on the ground floor and three apartments upstairs. Challenges facing the team were the time frame in which the project was required to be completed and a large amount of unforeseen rotten timbers, soft ground, replacement of all the windows, and the upstairs cladding.