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A dream collaboration: Tetrad Consulting


The team of BG Cooke construction, VIP Steel, SAN Architecture and Tetrad Consulting worked seamlessly together to deliver a major project in the Waterloo Business Park – a new head office and 3000sqm warehouse/distribution centre for the expanding children’s clothing business, Jamie Kay.



This was Tetrad Consulting’s first contract with BG Cooke Construction and their first large scale commercial project. They therefore felt very privileged to have been entrusted with the structural integrity of a quite complex design brief.

Being a distribution centre requires space for machinery to move around without obstacles such as support columns getting in the way. Tetrad Consulting’s solution – massive 52m clear span steel portal frames – a more economical option than conventional trusses.

“It was certainly at the top end of the scale for an unsupported span,” say the design team at Tetrad, “but we are solution-focused and the client’s instructions were very specific. We just made it work and that’s our area of expertise.”

Besides structural steel, the warehouse building is constructed of pre-cast concrete panels for which Tetrad provided the fabrication drawings and an innovative construction methodology – steel put in place first and then the panels. This negated the need for panel propping rather than the usual reverse procedure. “It all made for a fast, smooth and cost-effective build.”



Teamwork creates award-winner


Design plus setting plus orientation led to a very clear win for Sheppard Rout in the regional round of the NZIA awards, housing section.



The stunning modernist home was designed and meticulously detailed for the architect’s own family. Set on a long north-south orientated site in Helmores Lane, the site is surrounded by an established garden and the incredible backdrop of trees in Hagley Park and Millbrook Reserve, captured visually to stunning effect from many vantages within the house.

“My own design and detailing ideologies come into play,” says owner and architect Jonathan Kennedy. “The house is well-connected with the external environment with large opening walls of glass linking the internal and sheltered external living spaces, creating evening sun traps and areas where adults and children can entertain independently. It is a ‘social house’ with large sliding doors, spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen spaces all well connected to bedrooms and study. A large double-height volume above the main living and entry spaces connects upstairs with downstairs.”


The kitchen creates a set of architectural forms and features in itself, while the latest solar panel power technologies, hydronic water and space heating systems, integrated heat pumps, and automated lighting and audio systems all seamlessly integrate into the house’s design. While the interiors are flooded with natural light, concealed LED lighting effects bring the house to life at night.

Gregg Builders brought the incredible design into being and was an obvious choice, having worked with Sheppard and Rout on a variety of projects for many years. “We really enjoy our relationship with the team,” says Blair Watson, Project Manager for Gregg Builders, “so it was a fabulous opportunity to build Jonathan’s own house, with its incredible design and location.”


Highlights of the project for Blair are the Venetian plaster used on the inside of the showers and interior walls, the kitchen benchtops in Italian stone, and the double height void up to the office space. “The design excellence speaks for itself so I think it would have been an easy call for the judges,” says Blair.

The way the home is oriented on the site maximises its unique setting, while the outdoor living and swimming pool design are faultless. “We’ve been lucky to do this great build,” says Blair, “and as clients they were perfect, they knew exactly what they wanted and together we’ve created this remarkable result.”



Erosion & sediment control experts: MBC Environmental Solutions

Our unique paradise islands are parked squarely in the Roaring 40s and one upshot is that while we can always count on plenty of weather, there is an unpredictability in just what that weather will be. The drylands of Canterbury graphically illustrated the volatility of our climate by becoming very wet indeed, in a short space of time.


If you have a building project on, one of the things you will need to think about is how to keep your site, well, on the site, when it starts to rain. You don’t want to be wondering what to do while the mud and sawdust is washing into the creek, and that’s where MBC Environmental Solutions comes in.

Amongst its impressive array of environmental services, the team offers management of erosion and sediment on construction sites.

“We are experts in maintaining stabilised sites while projects are on the go, avoiding muddy trails off the site and runoff getting into waterways,” says Director Mark Hamilton. Mark and his team can come on board your project right from the beginning and this makes for efficiencies in the consenting process.

“With our erosion and sediment control service, we tend to work with small to medium contractors on residential sites across Canterbury, who don’t necessarily have the in-house expertise,” says Mark. “As well as taking on the paperwork for our contractors, they get to avoid the headache of neighbour complaints or a visit from an unhappy inspector.”

However, far from being office-based pen-pushers, they also offer boots on the ground. It’s the MBC team onsite building the sediment fences and fitting the sediment control socks. “We apply the techniques that Environment Canterbury includes in its Erosion and Sediment Control toolbox,” says Mark.

During construction, full monitoring is also available. “We visit each site regularly and consult with the main contractor and subbies,” says Mark. “If anything comes up, we can resolve it ‘on-the-hoof’, and we pack it all up and take it away at the end of the job.”

That’s only the beginning of the company’s environmental expertise though, as its impressive new website demonstrates.

The diverse team offers know-how in a broad range of environmental issues and can often combine everything required on a complex site. “One of our really popular services is licensed asbestos removal,” says Mark. “Post-earthquake demolition has so often left sections contaminated with asbestos. We assist with investigation, removal and remediation so that the site is safe to work on again.”

So excellent are its work practices, the team at MBC recently received full international standard ISO 45001 accreditation for Health and Safety, and nationally it has achieved an impressive SiteWise Gold Status thanks to exemplary results.

The team has recently launched a new website which sets out the range of services available, as well as testimonials from lots of happy clients.

Phone to chat about your environmental solutions on (03) 354 4377 or visit


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.


Reconnecting with home: Dream Doors

The great thing about Cantabrians is our ability to turn a minus into a plus – be it earthquakes or pandemics, we know what to do; we roll up our sleeves and keep ourselves busy with home improvement projects.



Adrian Kay of Dream Doors Christchurch can attest to that, as the demand for kitchen and laundry renovations, replacements and new build kitchens is on the rise.

“As overseas travel is curtailed, people are reconnecting with their homes like they never have before; they want their home space to feel like it’s the best place to be,” says Adrian.

Dream Doors ensures the process of creating that transformation is as seamless as possible, from the first consultation to establish client requirements – be it a few cosmetic touches, a major overhaul or a completely new build – right through to the installation, which Adrian and his team strive to keep to the minimum amount of disruption to family life.

With a wide range of quality Aotearoa product choices in benchtops, doors and cabinetry, Dream Doors not only upholds the ethos of locally made, but connects us that much more closely to home as we face these interesting times ahead.


Bright idea for Dark Sky: Sheppard and Rout

In winning the brief to design the award-winning Dark Sky Project, Sheppard and Rout have once again excelled.



Director Jasper Van der Lingen, along with Jonathan Kennedy and Duncan Barron, led this important development which houses the newly restored 125-year-old Brashear Telescope, an astro-tourism facility, an observatory, experience area, a café/bar/restaurant, retail, a gathering space for visitors and tour groups, and administration spaces.

“The clear night skies above Takapō are iconic,” says Jasper.

“And this building contributes to the re-orientation of Takapō towards its setting and dramatic mountain backdrop, rather than the highway.”

The large central astronomy dome is the dominant focus from a distance, acting as a marker when arriving into Takapō from the south, heralding it as a centre for the large dark sky reserve of the greater Mackenzie region.

The result of a detailed process of consultation, discussion and negotiation with a number of parties including Ngāi Tahu and local rūnanga, the building is striking, wholly fit for purpose, and has cultural meanings intrinsic at all levels: from form and structure through to the experience area itself.

2020 NZIA Canterbury Awards Judges gave it a rapturous citation: a “bold and brave insertion into the traditional context of Takapō – an assertive dissent from vernacular orthodoxy – and the result is a successful convergence of horizontal and vertical elements: Rangi and Papa in harmony.”

And that the project reveals “a clever interweaving of Māori mythology and scientific discovery through its multi-layered spaces. The Brashear telescope adds a suggestion of steampunk, a quirky twist to the simple forms elsewhere.”


Multi-prep for Multi-Use Arena

Preparation for construction of Christchurch’s $473 million Multi-Use Arena continues, with contamination testing, utilities work, transport planning and formation of a project board underway.



Construction of the 25,000-capacity, roofed stadium is due to begin on the site bordered by Hereford, Tuam, Madras and Barbadoes Streets in February.

Until then, Christchurch City Council is working with Enable, Vodafone and Orion to plan and relocate underground services such as water, power and communications cables across the three-block site. Fibre cable hauling is already under way.

Three water systems in the area are being redesigned using 3D modelling. Conflicting water mains and stormwater pipes will also be relocated from the site.

Results of contamination tests are pending to inform if any asbestos, fuel and coal tar need to be removed from the site and enable a tender to be developed.

A transport assessment is also being completed to diagnose and mitigate any impacts on pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and private vehicles by scheduled works.

Land Information New Zealand is clearing buildings from the site, and the project board is being formed. Murray Strong – who chaired the steering groups for Te Pae, the bus interchange and Metro Sports Facility – has been named as chair.

Christchurch City Council has allocated $253 million to the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena, and the Crown has approved $220 million towards the project from the Christchurch Regeneration Acceleration Fund.

The stadium will host sporting and music events when completed, which is estimated to be 2024.


A Dream Update: DJ Hewitt

A bespoke kitchen and bathroom makeover refreshed and updated the heart of a 1940s home.
A Canterbury couple moved from rural life to leafy Fendalton, but first handed the keys to DJ Hewitt Builders to transform the essential rooms.



Originally with a kitchen revamp in mind, they took Daryl Hewitt’s advice to simultaneously renovate the bathroom and ensuite, to save both time and cost in the long run.

The project was complete within three months – the best decision they could have made.

Both practicality and design were of equal priority, so local interior designer Davinia Sutton was commissioned for an exciting kitchen reinvention.

“The brief was for a bespoke functional custom-made design to blend with the classic architecture,” says Davinia, who had recommended the build team to her clients.

“I’ve worked with Daryl on other projects. He is hands-on and has a fantastic, high-calibre reliable team who I always collaborate well with. Craig the Project Manager was on board every day.”

“They had respect for the design and the journey to create its reality. We all worked together for the same goal, to achieve the client’s dream.”

The kitchen area, in classic warm white, was tiled to represent a textured bagged brick wall with Italian hand-cut and glazed tiling, designed not to be perfect.

Hidden handy details included in-draw knife blocks and power points in the cupboards.

A wine fridge, an extendable swan-neck tap, and a glass designer lamp melded style and practicality.

The space was not large, but monolithic tones created space to the eye.

A raised bench wall gave the cook privacy and still a full view through the lounge to the picturesque stream-boundary garden.

The upstanding bench formed both sideboard with flush cupboards and the rooms’ natural divide. The French-Oak veneer matched the stunning handmade oak table perfectly.

For the modern bathrooms in warm classic tones, the client’s daughter’s interior design skills were bought to fruition, with a washbowl feature, retro-style small tiling in the shower, and ample mirrored cabinetry for lightness and storage.

The couple were delighted the timeline was completed without a hitch, and attention to detail from the entire team was especially appreciated.


New Brighton’s Hottest New Project




Christchurch residents and visitors will soon be making the most of New Brighton’s revitalised foreshore with the much-anticipated opening of He Puna Taimoana, the New Brighton hot pools.

The hot pools are part of the wider regeneration of New Brighton, led by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) on behalf of the Christchurch City Council.

The work includes exciting public projects which are transforming the foreshore, along with a focus on the business centre and surrounding area.

Apollo Projects ensured the vision became a reality, completing the hot pools project in less than 12 months.

“The complex has five pools, a cold-water plunge pool, steam and sauna rooms, changing and toilet facilities, naturally-lit reception and café areas and first aid and staff facilities,” Project Manager Keeva Irving says.

“The landscaping, both internal and external, has been designed to bring harmony to the complex and provide a user-friendly yet robust space.”

The pools are all different sizes and shapes, and range in temperature from 12⁰C to 40⁰C.

Apollo Projects became involved at the tender stage.

Chosen as the preferred contractor, the team worked with DCL using value engineering to reduce costs and enhance the project’s buildability.

With a tight site, sandy substrate and exposure to weather, the team programmed the build into phases to best manage the issues and then co-ordinated the planning with all the sub-contractors.

The marine environment meant DCL’s design team had to carefully select functional and durable materials.

The Apollo team’s success is down to carefully planning every detail, along with regular and effective communication with all parties, especially DCL and Architect Andrew Watson.

Apollo Construction has worked with Christchurch City Council on a number of other successful builds, including Normal Kirk Pool, Scarborough Splash Pad and the award-winning Taiora: QEII Sport & Recreation Centre, and the company hopes to work with the council on future projects.

“We think the hot pools will be a valuable asset to the New Brighton community and represent an important role in the overall regeneration of the area,” Keeva says.


A spoonful of colour

If you’re finding yourself twiddling your thumbs this summer and wanting an excuse to start some D.I.Y projects, we have just the one for you.

Aside from looking cute and quirky, dipping your wooden spoons in paint can also be very practical.

Searching for anything in your utensils draw or pot can be a bit of a mission… all the items begin to look the same in a pool of silver or wood.

This will never be the case if you distinguish with paint and colour code accordingly. Why not assign a certain colour to every utensil?

Soon enough reaching into the draw for the blue handle of the salad server will become second nature.