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Swimming in success: Apollo Projects


Christchurch’s Apollo Projects have once again proven their expertise when it comes to the design and build of leisure facilities. The team have partnered with the Christchurch City Council to deliver the fantastic Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool.

 

The stunning $22million sports and aquatic facility is located adjacent to Linwood Park.

Its name was gifted by Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, reflecting the local environment and the passing of knowledge from person to person and generation to generation.

The leisure centre includes a 25m lane pool, an accessible friendly family spa pool, a learn-to-swim pool, a toddlers’ splashpad which includes water toys, and the destined-to-be-a-hit bombing (manu) pool, which the local kids (big and small) will love! says Apollo Projects’ Business Development Manager Iain Ansell.

On the dry side of options are outdoor sports courts – tennis, basketball, and multi-purpose – plus a large community room including a kitchen with a service window for indoor or outdoor access.

The sunny area flows out to a large concrete patio with seating and a shade sail blending down into Linwood Park, perfect for family gatherings and community events!

Christchurch City Council Senior Project Manager Kent Summerfield says that they are delighted with the way things are coming together on site, and that there is great anticipation within the local area around the imminent opening of this fantastic community asset.


 

Updating conventions


Whether it be a banquet with 1000 of your closest friends or a conference with colleagues from all over the world, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will frequently be the venue for once in a lifetime events. For this reason, the facility’s interior finishes are beyond compare, both in scale and style.

 

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Anyone who has been through central Christchurch will likely have caught a glimpse of Te Pae Christchurch’s striking braided river façade. But with the push on to complete construction in the coming weeks, ahead of the first events around October this year, the inner beauty of the building is starting to reveal itself.

Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro Limited is responsible for the delivery of Te Pae Christchurch. The company’s architect, Bernd Gundermann, describes the interior as “festive”.

“People are dressed up properly for once in a lifetime events and so are these spaces.”

Despite strong competition from the flowing carpet, your eyes are drawn to the ceiling in the likes of the 1000-seat banquet hall, which looks over the Avon River.

“The ocean of white and gold, prismatic, ceiling boxes reflect the light and are the contemporary interpretation of a classical chandelier,” says Mr Gundermann.

 

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But the stunning ceilings don’t stop there in this sprawling Woods Bagot and Warren and Mahoney designed destination.

“You’ll find 1400 seats but not a single ceiling tile in the auditorium,” he adds.

“The curved manta ray ceiling is a testament to the skill of both the designers and those who constructed it. Given the challenges that come with creating floating plaster curves, we didn’t just do this for the aesthetics. They will also dampen the ambient sound of the large audiences that will use this space, ensuring a high-quality experience for everyone attending.

Moving between these key spaces and the likes of the 3100-square-metre Exhibition Hall, with its own distinctive yet unobtrusive woven wall panels, you pass towering timber walls in the foyer and pre-function areas.

“These are large spaces, designed to hold events, so they need to be inviting. A seven-metre-tall wall can be imposing but in Te Pae Christchurch you will find beautifully crafted fluted timber walls wrapped around the building’s interior. They give the spaces a warmth, which is particularly noticeable from the outside at night.

Covering two central city blocks and with architectural icons like the Town Hall and Tūranga close by, the pressure to deliver more than the typical conventions box was immense. Te Pae Christchurch has risen to the challenge.

Set to be New Zealand’s only purpose-built convention and exhibition centre when it opens later this year, Christchurch will have a compelling representative in the globally competitive events sector for years to come.

 

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Modern style from heritage roots: Stockman Builders x Engco


The new three-story office building at 135 High St is a tale of two companies – Matt Stockman of Stockman Builders and Josh Watkins from engineering company Engco. Their combined effort really is a feat of engineering, which took around 12 months to complete on the site of the original heritage building which could not be saved.

 

 

But, 135 High St was the first project of its kind for Stockman Builders, which has carried out award-winning restorations on a number of Christchurch heritage buildings.
“We knew we had to get an innovative engineer on the project and teamed up with Engco,” says Matt.

“The 135 High St project was definitely a logistical challenge, the site being 4.8m wide,” says Josh.

“It was a challenging, unique building to work on because it’s a slender building wedged between two existing buildings and the suspended floors cantilever 2.5-metres over the footpath.”

There were other challenges too, including weak soil that is susceptible to liquefaction and the construction methodology required a great deal of thought to mitigate any public health and safety issues.

The result though, from the Stockman-Engco partnership is a modern, stylish office and retail space nestled in the heart of the city. And there is still retail space available next to some well-established retailers in the area.

Stockman group has a portfolio of more than 25 commercial buildings in Christchurch offering a mix of retail, office, hospitality, and industrial spaces.

Engco has expertise in structural, civil and geotechnical engineering services, and also has Green Star approved professional accreditation for their involvement in sustainable, energy efficient projects.

Covering everything from residential to large commercial projects, Engco can offer individual solutions specific to your build.

 

Contact Stockman Builders on (03) 977 4986, email rachel@kpistockman.co.nz or go to the website.

Contact Engco on (03) 366 7955, email office@engco.nz or visit the website.


 

Street art brings depth


In a city resplendent with street art, the newest mural adorning the back of Riverside Market rises to the challenge of bringing something new. This depiction of a row of heritage shops is painted onto a flat façade, yet tricks the eyes into seeing a multi-dimensional historical scene.

 

 

The project was produced by George Shaw of Oi YOU! and painted in six weeks by local graffiti art collective, DTR Crew – Dcypher, Ikarus, Jacob Yikes & Wongi Wilson.
The mural was co-funded by Riverside Market and ChristchurchNZ, and is the largest and most complex ever delivered in the city.


 

Alarmingly cool coastal spot: Hokitika Fire Station Boutique Accommodation


A fire station is not the first place one would think to stay while on holiday. However, with the Hokitika Fire Station Boutique Accommodation, Hokitika heritage is combined with a distinctly modern flair.

 

 

Originally built in 1866, the Hokitika Fire Station has stood the test of time, even being burned down and rebuilt four times.

Today, it has been lovingly restored as accommodation.

The history of Hokitika’s fire services remain ever present within the iconic brick building, with oodles of firefighting memorabilia and nick-nacks lining the walls and the public areas of the Qualmark five-star deluxe apartments.

With three luxury studios upstairs and a three-bedroom family unit with added kitchen, and accessible apartment downstairs – each of the five apartments have been named after a fire chief who once led the Hokitika Fire Brigade.

Each apartment combines space, a modern en-suite bathroom and either a kitchenette or full kitchen.

The larger Chief Henshaw room has three beautifully kept bedrooms, dining area, full kitchen and living area. The ground floor Chief Millard apartment has full disabled access, a king-sized bed with additional queen size sofa bed with space for up to four guests.

History, beautifully kept apartments, décor, and five stars. What more could you possibly want from your stay in Hokitika?

“Hokitika Fire Station Apartments is also the only accommodation located in the Hokitika CBD to be given a Qualmark five-star rating,” says owner Kerry Jeffs.


 

Engineering hospitality: Kirk Roberts


Kirk Roberts continues to expand the horizons of ingenuity with its Sudima Hotel project in Kaikoura. Designed and engineered by Kirk Roberts, the project was always going to be at the forefront of technology and cost effectiveness.

 

The fully modular building was prefabricated in Christchurch and freighted for assembly on site.

Constructed inside and out in exposed concrete representing the local pier, bridges and volcanic rock, with the white textured concrete representing local limestone rock, and natural timbers to reflect the surrounding hills and mountains.

All materials are proudly Kiwi supplied. “Proving that we don’t need to go offshore, but this requires innovative, smart design and a co-operative builder like Calder Stewart,” says Chief Executive Jade Kirk.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) means the project is fully modelled to every screw and bolt, meaning, “We have a high level of cost control, with our build cost significantly less than anyone else or anywhere in New Zealand, while retaining top quality.”

The hotel features 120 rooms, a gym and pool, four-storey atrium and reception, full restaurant/bar and conference facilities, plus indoor and outdoor seating with stunning views to the north, east and west.

“The best thing is the economic benefit to the region: our conservative estimate is 40,000 rooms nights per annum with the majority of visitors new to Kaikoura.”

Local Runanga are a financial partner and committed to the success of the hotel, which will be the largest employer in the region with 40 to 60 staff.

“We love this project; we’ve had great local feedback and we are thrilled to be a part of the success of the region.”

 

 


 

Stunning sustainable design: Weir Architecture


Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the former eight-storey Latimer Apartments has overcome its troubled earthquake past to re-emerge as Canopy Apartments – a fabulous complex comprising 40 individual apartments overlooking Latimer Square and its century-old trees.

 

 

With options of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and four two-storey penthouse apartments, this is the ultimate in niche inner-city nesting.

Purchased in 2015, the brief given to Weir Architecture was to entirely modernize and reinvigorate the 21-year-old building.

The work entailed reinstating the previously demolished rear section of the building, enclosing the south-facing open external breezeway, incorporating a second high-speed lift, and creating a warm, welcoming covered entry and reception area.

The remainder of the building was meticulously re-planned and reconfigured, floor by floor, to maximise the efficiencies of the limited spaces available.

Superior fittings, materials and finishes were specified throughout kitchens, bathrooms and ensuites, while new double glazing and higher levels of insulation enhanced the building’s thermal envelope.

The building is owned by Mark Lanyon and Shane Le Compte of Lanyon & Le Compte Construction.

The pair have completed a number of landmark projects around Christchurch, including the post-quake remediation of an “as is, where is” office building which became the city’s tallest hotel, the Crowne Plaza.

Weir Architecture are founding members of the New Zealand Green Building Council.

Imperative to its ethos is to find alternative, innovative ways to repurpose buildings that would otherwise become landfill.

Canopy Apartments is a triumph in sustainable design and construction; it’s a building Christchurch can be proud of.


 

Exceptional in Otago: Ferguson Builders


It’s been a whirlwind of change over the past four years for Ferguson Builders of Queenstown. Since moving to Central Otago, Rob and Mel Ferguson have seized all the opportunities the area has offered to grow and expand their company.

 

 

“When we first moved here and began building, our team was no more than four. Now we have a team of 16 – from builders to office staff and an in-house quantity surveyor (QS),” Mel says.

“But one thing that is not going to change is Rob’s close relationship with our clients. He is still the person clients deal directly with. That’s our focus and what has helped us be successful.”

It is true that Ferguson Builders’ goal as they have grown has been to find even smarter ways to serve their clients.

“The in-house QS saves clients time getting accurate pricing. We have an office now with plenty of yard space and a meeting area for clients to see samples of the interior products we use in our builds. That presents a professional image for clients and has freed up our own home that we used to work from, to be a living showhome of our workmanship.”

The company is the specialist builder of choice for architecturally-designed houses.

“We have great relationships with local architects, like Artur and his team at Artektus who create beautiful architectural designs, are efficient and a pleasure to work alongside. Our high-performing employees all share Rob’s passion and commitment for this demanding and detailed type of work.”

Ferguson Builders have built several architectural homes at Jack’s Point, including their own family home. Each is exceptional in its construction and finish – a testimony to their craftsmanship.


 

A bit of Italy in Fendalton: Feutz & Goldsmiths


“We thrive on the challenges and demands of building architecturally designed homes. They make us think; they give us the opportunity to show a high level of detailing.”

 

 

Craig Feutz of building company Feutz and Goldsmith certainly had all those opportunities and challenges on his hands with his company’s latest build – a four-bedroom Italianate house in Fendalton.

“The house was designed by Italian-born architect Alessandro Quadrelli and has a myriad of Italian features from its skinnier and longer-than-standard Roman-style bricks to its tiled bathrooms and use of marble and different types of timber,” Craig says.

“Inward-opening windows are recessed into the building. It’s definitely not a run of the mill house, but one that does give a nod to an older style of architecture. It was our job as the main contractors and project managers to bring this beautiful and complex concept to practical and workable life. The quality of finishing required was really next level, but that is what we specialise in and what gives us real satisfaction.”

Feutz and Goldsmith was not just responsible for building the house itself; a project taking about a year and a half.

The company also undertook all the earthworks associated with the build, as well as laying the driveway and doing all the landscaping works.

“Being on the corner of a busy road, access to the site was another issue we had to overcome and problem solve, but we are very proud of the finished home. It’s timeless and a true representation of the work we excel in.”

Ph: 03 359 6046 | www.feutzandgoldsmith.co.nz


 

A beacon of sustainability


Ngāi Tahu Property has waved its green wand over the central city, with the residential, commercial and industrial land developer now celebrating a five Green Star rating and 5.5 star NABERSNZ energy efficiency rating for the Pita Te Hori Centre building.

 

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The New Zealand Green Building Council awarded Te Urutī, one of two five-level office buildings in the Pita Te Hori Centre, a 5 Green Star rating.

That confirms the sustainability of its design, construction and completion achieves New Zealand industry excellence.

Meanwhile, the NABERSNZ rating reflects its market-leading energy efficiency performance following occupation by tenants.

The green credentials follow last year’s confirmation of a 4 Green Star rating for Iwikau – the other commercial building in the centre’s first stage.

The centre was designed by Warren and Mahoney Architects in conjunction with services engineers and Green Star professionals from Powell Fenwick and Aurecon.

Ngāi Tahu Property Chief Executive David Kennedy says the ratings are a fantastic result which can ultimately be tied back to following Ngāi Tahu values.

“Sustainability is a key feature of kaitiakitanga; one of our core values which we share with our ultimate owners, Ngāi Tahu whānui-families,” David says.

“The Pita Te Hori Centre also showcases other values including tohungatanga – expertise and rangatiratanga – leadership. Truly living up to those values meant not treating sustainability as a ‘tick-box’ exercise. Everything we did provided real benefits to everyone using the buildings and all of Ōtautahi-Christchurch.”

Those benefits include tenants being able to provide excellent conditions for their staff.

Sustainable technologies lower energy requirements and onsite energy production reduces demand on electricity distribution networks, ensuring the buildings have much lower carbon emissions than standard.

Development Manager James Jackson says the Pita Te Hori Centre features Christchurch’s first district energy system utilising aquifer-sourced heating and cooling through highly efficient heatpump technology.

The scheme provides up to 215,000 kWh of clean heating and cooling capacity each year.

Additionally, solar panels generate up to 106,000 kWh of electricity annually supporting the Pita Te Hori Centre’s peak usage periods.

Smart LED lighting also significantly reduces energy consumption.

Ngāi Tahu Property installed sensor-monitored ventilation ensuring above-code air-quality in the buildings.

Low-flow water fittings are complemented by individual metering for tenancies encouraging further water-use reductions.

“A myriad of clever, sustainable technologies work together across the Pita Te Hori Centre,” James says.

“These environmental solutions were embedded into the design of Te Urutī and Iwikau.”

These features are proving attractive to businesses who insist on healthy, safe and sustainable work environments for their staff.

“We have seen it is not just possible, but desirable, to build sustainable and healthy office spaces, with a range of Government departments and national and international firms choosing to base their South Island operations in our buildings.

“They appreciate and share our commitment to sustainable buildings and workplace practices.”

Located near the historic site of the ancient Puari Pā of Waitaha and Ngāti Māmoe, the Pita Te Hori Centre holds strong spiritual, cultural and historical significance for Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the mana whenua of the area and the wider Ngāi Tahu iwi.

Previously home to the King Edward Barracks and the former Christchurch headquarters of the New Zealand Police, the site also carries historical military and civic significance.