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McMillan Lockwood Central Ltd (Construction Company), Kaitiaki Property (Development and Project Managers), WSP (Design Manager), WSP New Zealand Limited (Architect/Designer), WSP New Zealand Ltd (Architect/Designer), WT Partnership (QS)
MWRC Holdings Ltd
The Te Ao Nui building sets a new standard of quality for commercial office space in Palmerston North. This building required a resilient design that keeps the building operational following a seismic event. External materials and the building colour scheme were drawn from the local environment with touches of brightness to provide the building its unique character. It has been constructed to achieve a NABERSNZ four-star sustainability rating, this includes passive sustainability features, solar hot water, and four-star WELS rated taps and fittings.
A major challenge faced was the tight project deadline, meaning a fully integrated programme delivery model was adopted. This meant a simple, yet innovative design approach was required from the beginning to ensure an IL4 building could be designed and delivered on time and within budget.
Te Ao Nui was built to bring “support to the region”. The project features an innovative low displacement concrete structural system providing uncompromising resilience. It allows the building to remain operational following a 1 in 500-year seismic event and provides the regional Emergency Operations Centre response for the lower middle North Island. The building is designed to achieve a NABERSNZ 4-star sustainability rating, with energy-efficient features including on-site power generation, potable water storage, and sewage retention.
The design phase was simple yet innovative. It included an Early Contractor Involvement process to enable the contractor to be engaged early and provide feedback on the design, programming and to progress enabling works. This is an exemplar project for what a modern and resilient civic office development can achieve through a holistic and integrated design, matched with sound contract management and an innovative and collaborative construction team. This high-performance building was designed in six months, constructed within 18, and delivered ahead of time and within budget.
Leighs Construction Limited
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare (Client Representative), Leighs Construction Ltd (Construction Company), RCP (Client Project Manager), Warren & Mahoney (Architect/Designer)
The Daniell Building is a five-star design and build Greenstar project. It received an innovation point under the Green Star submission for going ‘Beyond Green Star’. The point was awarded for encouraging the use of environmentally friendly products.
The building comprises a 52000 m2 area suitable for research, development, testing, manufacture, and distribution of respiratory products into the global market. The building has some major components, such as accommodation for 700 people within an open plan environment. The workspace wraps around the manufacturing area providing a strong visual connection between the office, development area, and the manufacturing area.
The last phase of the project was delivered under trying circumstances, as the country was in Level 4 lockdown and working under the essential services provision. This added to the collaborative approach within the greater team delivering the project.
Naylor Love Canterbury Ltd
Cequent Projects (Client Rep / Project Director), Holmes (Engineer), Sheppard & Rout Architects (Architect/Designer), T M Consultants Limited (Engineer), WT Partnership (Cost Consultants)
Nexus Point Limited
The 9,900m2 five-story Spark HQ building was designed to be a landmark building as well as being highly sustainable, aiming to achieve a five-star green rating, it is also one of the safest office buildings in Christchurch. The external form is a crystalline, facetted form with layers of fritted glass, it is a low damage design featuring scalloped beams for ductility, sliding stairs, and deflection heads to the walls.
Throughout this impressive build, some challenges were faced, a major one being the coordination of the services with structural steel constraints and the services penetrating through the structural steel beams. However, the team came together by contributing to planning and coordination in a way that added value to the process.
Hawkins 2017 Ltd
Beca Ltd (Engineer/Project Manager), Hawkins 2017 Ltd (Construction Company), Warren & Mahoney (Architect/Designer)
Zespri Group Limited
Hawkins was engaged as the main contractor to construct Zespri’s new head office. The multi-story building spans 8,000m2, including an underground carpark and end-of-trip facilities.
The working spaces and meeting rooms are spread over three levels, with an internal atrium connecting both the staff in their workplace and visitors.
Zespri was able to build its new office right next door to the existing building, which meant staff could watch the progress of their new office. Stakeholder and resident management was a huge driver for Zespri as it is a commercial building development in the middle of a residential zone. This also meant sustainability was also a huge consideration and the reason the building was designed to a Green Star 5 rating.