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Project: NZ Police

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Unispace

Project Partners

Unispace (Architect/Designer/Construction Company)

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NZ Police

New Zealand Police Waipukurau was the pilot project for bringing together multiple government agencies into one location. The existing Waipukurau police station was remodeled to incorporate the Police, Ministry of Social Development, and Department of Corrections. The open-plan office enables inter-agency collaboration, allowing the Departments to further support and provide better solutions to the community. At the same time as improving services, the project has also created cost efficiencies with two less tenancies. Upgrades were provided to critical infrastructure and operating systems while ensuring a comfortable and simple day-to-day work environment. The fit out has been future proofed to enable straightforward further system upgrades that also align with security and disaster resilience requirements. This project provided the opportunity to engage local trades and invest in the local economy.

Project: Pokeno Fire Station

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N Cole Construction

Project Partners

Black Box Architects Limited (Architect/Designer), N Cole Construction (Construction Company)

The new fire station in Pokeno, relocated the existing fire brigade from Mercer to better serve the growing community and to support faster response times to emergencies. The new fire station houses volunteers from the local community who operate on a callout basis and a facility for ongoing development, training and socialising. The building has been designed and constructed to Level 4 building code compliance to ensure it remains operational immediately after an earthquake or other disastrous events. The building has been designed to include service interfaces which can be controlled from the emergency services communication’s base. Durability, maintenance, and quality are key features reflected in both the material selection and workmanship. Located in a suburban location to enable prompt response times, the building can be described as a commercial building with a residential architectural finish.

Project: Te Ngau o Horotiu (Ferry Basin Redevelopment) and Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)

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Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, and the Down

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Downtown JV (Downer, HEB, Soletanche Bachy) (Construction Company), Isthmus (Architect/Designer), Ngaati Whanaunga (Mana whenua partner), Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki (Mana whenua partner), Ngāti Maru (Mana whenua partner), Ngāti Tamaoho (Mana whenua partner), Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua (Mana whenua partner), Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei (Mana whenua partner), Te Ahiwaru-Makaurau (Mana whenua partner), Te Akitai Waiohua (Mana whenua partner), Te Patukirikiri (Mana whenua partner), Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua (Mana whenua partner), Tonkin + Taylor (Architect/Designer)

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Auckland Transport and Auckland Council

Te Ngau o Horotiu (Ferry basin redevelopment) and Te Wananga (downtown public space) is an oasis inspired by its coastal and cultural environment. The project has successfully blended the boundary between harbour and city to form a generous and welcoming destination along Auckland's water's edge. Essential to this work were three key design principles of miharo (the extraordinary), manaakitanga (generosity) and Auckland to Tamaki Makaurau (to be uniquely of this place). Further to this design concept was the inspiration of Tangaroa (deity of the sea), to reflect the breath or the movement of the tides. The existing Fullers, Sealink and Bellaire fleets have over 10 different types of vessels. Auckland Transport requested for the design to incorporate maximum flexibility to allow for vessels with differing boarding heights and boarding locations. The new facilities provide operational resilience with a range of boarding heights from 900mm above sea-level to 1800mm above sea.

Project: Te Pae - Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre

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CPB Contractors

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CPB Contractors (Construction Company), Holmes Consulting LP (Lead Structural Engineer), Woods Bagot (Architect/Designer), WSP (Lead Services Engineer)

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Otakaro Limited

Te Pae Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre (CCEC) draws strongly on its South Island location. Designed as the welcoming heart of the city centre, the building’s façade represents the contours of the Southern Alps and braided Canterbury Rivers and, over 90% of the workforce was resourced locally. The 28,000m2 steel framed building has many complex elements, such as the unitised curved façade consisting of over 42,000 individual mounted tiles. The project successfully overcame several technical challenges, such as the installation of over 500 tonnes of secondary steel to support large internal building voids. There was also a myriad of technical acoustic requirements to meet, thereby allowing the 1,400-seat auditorium to be divisible into two 700 seat venues and operate simultaneously with no noise transfer. The CCEC has a New Zealand Green Building Council 5 Star Green Star Rating. Besides the installation of features such as efficient glazing, and automatic lighting controls to complement natural light levels, the build meters utilities through the Building Management System (BMS) and LED lighting across all spaces. This is complemented by the building’s use of 85% renewable energy, not to mention the presence of an onsite dehydrator system that turns waste into compostable material.