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Maycroft Construction Limited
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)
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.
Old St Paul’s an iconic, 150-year-old Wellington Category 1 Heritage Building was damaged in the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, which moved the walls out by up to 100mm in places.
The judges were very impressed with the collaborative approach taken in the contract procurement which was a contributing factor to the success of the project. The structured approach to the repair carried out by the structural engineer was another key factor in the success.
Together with the project manager and the client, they developed a well-thought-through early works package in consultation with a preferred contractor, who was successful in winning the main contract works package. This highlighted the benefit of a collaborative trust-based team approach to the judges.
The senior site foreman played a significant role in the project success and undertook a lot of the prototyping personally. ?The team valued his contribution to this iconic New Zealand heritage building. He will always be remembered for the key role he played.
DPA Architects (Architect/Designer), Summerset (Architect/Designer), Summerset Group Holdings (Client), Wishbone Ltd (Construction Company)
Summerset Group Holdings
Clarke Cottage is a Category 1 Heritage designated building located in Summerset at Monterey park retirement village in Auckland. 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.
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)
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.
Armstrong Downes Commercial
Armstrong Downes Commercial (Construction Company), Shand Shelton Limited (Architect/Designer), Silvester Clark Consulting Engineers (Engineer)
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.
Shane Stone Builders Limited
Shane Stone Builders (Project Manager/Quantity Surveyor/Site Foreman)
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.