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Brosnan Construction Limited
Brosnan Construction Limited (Construction Company), Consult QS (Engineer), Godward Designspace (Architect/Designer)
YES Disability Centre, Shore Junction
This project involved the refurbishment of the old Takapuna RSA building into a new state-of-the-art youth hub, with students involved in the co-creation of the space. Shore Junction is designed for young people to connect, collaborate, and grow.
Community donations and contributions made it possible for the hub to be equipped with both technical and creative features. The building hosts a range of sensory-stimulating features, from the Espan wall cladding, industrial-inspired exposed tray deck, and air conditioning ducting.
Incorporating various textures and finishes was a challenging task. This included merging new and modern features with the existing heritage of the space. From revived concrete walls, repurposed wood, and exposed metal showcased in the ceiling, the interior portrays a modern feel with hints of what the building was before.
After a community building was left vacant due to the closure of a local RSA branch, it was acquired by a group that support the activities and aspirations of young people. This meant it was important to involve young people throughout the building process. Volunteers raised millions of dollars to develop the facility and turn dreams into reality. The result is an inspirational building with a community service that provides a wide range of free activities in art, music, computers, and robotics. It is a safe place for young people in the North Shore to hang out. The building, organisation, and service they provide are already making a difference to help young people set and achieve their goals.
Jacobson Projects Ltd
Christian Savings (Funder), Jacobson Projects Ltd (Construction Company), Structure Design (Engineer)
Tuvalu Christian Church
After assisting with some budget advice, Jacob Projects was engaged to construct this large bespoke auditorium for Tuvalu Christian Church. Featuring large, curved timber beams and extensive carpentry work throughout, this project highlights what can be achieved when everyone works together collaboratively.
The build is unique in terms of the scale of timber construction. 14m high glulam beams provide the main structure with hyspan rafters used throughout. The structure, envelope, and connection details are all custom-designed.
The biggest challenge Jacobson Projects faced was managing significant design coordination issues. Delivering this project within budget and near to original timeframes, despite significant design delays, was a massive achievement.
This church for the Tuvalu community is based on a traditional Tuvalu manaeapa, or meeting house. It took 17 long years to transition from dream to reality, with sufficient funds being raised to develop a design that the community could afford. The curved roof shape added some complexity, but the building was still completed in time for the long-anticipated opening, with congregation members joining the construction crew to finish the work.