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Auto Express Car Wash

State of the art: Auto Express Car Wash


There’s a new player in town when it comes to getting your car cleaned and it’s a game-changer.

 

Auto Express Car Wash

 

Auto Express Car Wash, next to Burger King at 530B Sawyers Arms Road, offers the most technologically advanced car wash operation in the New Zealand marketplace. It’s a simple process with state of the art technology which is easy to navigate and easy on the budget. You drive up, align your car and the conveyor system guides your vehicle through eight stages of automatic washes. You simply sit back and relax. With six bay vacuum areas as well, there’s no waiting to get your interior clean.

 

Auto Express Car Wash

With hands-on service and a smile from the passionate Auto Express Car Wash team, your tyres will shine and your bumper will gleam. The 200 horsepower dryers alone are worth going through the process. Recycling 80 percent of the water and using biodegradable detergents, the company strives to be green. You can also limitlessly wash your car per month starting at $49 a month with pre-paid wash cards so you never have to stress about your vehicle looking pristine again.

 

Auto Express Car Wash

Whether you’re driving an Aston Martin DB9 or a Suzuki Swift, Auto Express Car Wash team will look after your vehicle. Phone 0800 5333 555 for further information or head in during open hours (8am to 6:30pm) and make it the quickest, cleanest and greenest way to keep your car looking great.

 



 

Papanui’s medical

Papanui’s medical marvel


There is no substitute for experience. Naturally when you have a project you wish to get off the ground, you want a firm with the experience you would expect; you want HRS Construction Ltd.

 

Papanui’s medical

 

With a strong track record in successful delivery of community, infrastructure, industry and commercial projects, HRS offers clients the ‘full suite’ for construction management and physical building.  The high standards of HRS Construction Ltd can easily be seen in their latest completed project, the new Papanui Medical Centre. Located on Papanui Road, visitors will be able to marvel at the landscaping which complements the blend of external cladding used during construction.

With a stunning foyer, reception and waiting room, nine consultant rooms, rooms for minor surgery, treatment and nurses’ stations, there is plenty of room to spare. The adjoining pharmacy means filling your prescription is a breeze. The construction consists of a concrete slab, timber framing and timber trusses which were design changes suggested by HRS Construction Ltd. The exterior is wrapped in aluminium joinery, long run metal roofing and the walls are clad with a mix of cedar and Rockcote over Integra Panel. Internally the walls are painted Gib board with the ceilings being a mix of suspended grid ceilings, Gib board ceilings and plywood feature panels in selected areas.

The project was completed a month ahead of the programme which allowed the medical centre to move out of its temporary accommodation, allowing staff and their clients back to the original site to take advantage of the new facility.

 


For more information, visit www.hrsconstruction.co.nz.


 

25 years of constant change

25 years of constant change


Operating for 25 years in the tech industry is a significant milestone. CommArc Consulting Ltd recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, its longevity achieved through the company’s ethos of building partnerships and trust with its customers, as well as having flexibility to cope with the change that is inherent in operating in technology.

 

25 years of constant change

 

When Phil Johnson started CommArc in 1993, the World Wide Web was two years old and New Zealand’s first website – a directory for Victoria University – was barely out of the starting blocks. Back then CommArc had three staff and specialised in building computer networks. Phil saw the company as bridging the gap between those who sell technology and those who use it. He still sees CommArc’s job as helping customers navigate their way through their technology journey.

CommArc’s achievements are many and varied – from building the entire platform for the census, to creating the system that drives our largest skifields and engineering the platform that allowed EQC to operate after the Canterbury earthquakes. CommArc also specialises in providing IT solutions for law firms, requiring very specific know-how and experience. CommArc is a truly independent company, refusing to push particular products or brands, but recommending the best of breed for each individual IT requirement.

Phil says what has been really exciting for him over the 25 years is the courage to reposition CommArc for future developments. “In an industry that changes at a phenomenal pace, to be in the right position to be bold enough to predict for us and our customers what’s coming – we’ve always had that modernist approach to business.”

 



 

Affordable hilltop lifestyle

Affordable hilltop lifestyle


A hilltop lifestyle dream and a desire for affordability produced Linetype Architectural Designer Ben Brady’s own enchanting home on Moncks Spur.

 

Affordable hilltop lifestyle

 

A search for hill sites led him here, but Ben initially rejected the section because its 30-degree slope meant the numbers just didn’t add up. However, a serendipitous price reduction put the numbers where they needed to be, and just like that the project was on.
Ben says the house is conceived in simple form, but the rectangular box shapes set against the slope, plus the magnificent views over Barnett Park to the mouth of the estuary, mean the effect is dramatic. Unusually, the three bedrooms are below the living space, but Ben has ensured that every room in the house has a view; from the kitchen, dining, and living area across the deck that spans the length of the room, it is panoramic.

 

Affordable hilltop lifestyle

Budgets were key in material selections and resulted in lightweight construction utilising timber framing, including floors. Metalcraft Kahu profile steel was chosen because it works for both the low-pitched roof and the cladding. Interiors are neural toned to allow the views to prevail, and are again satisfyingly cost effective. The flooring is whitewashed Stranboard, and the kitchen is an undercover mass-produced modular purchase, customised with timber shelves and toe boards. It whispers bespoke, but came in at an astonishingly low $10,000. Necessarily complex foundations allow the top one metre of soil to slide, while all retaining walls are meticulously separated from the house to prevent ‘hammering’, meaning the house will stay intact in an earthquake.

 

Affordable hilltop lifestyle

Keane Building constructed the house, with Chris Keane helpfully allowing Ben to manage certain elements to assist with the budget. “Chris has done a great job and nothing was ever a problem”. Chosen by Ben for their enthusiasm and positivity Ben believes “a project should be fun and these guys made it so”. Chris Keane says, “It was a real privilege being chosen to assist Ben building his home. We’ve worked with him in the past and really enjoyed collaborating with him, this time was no different. We find that Ben is innovative and pushes the boundaries, which is always enjoyable. Ben’s passion and willingness to collaborate makes him a real pleasure to work with, and we are thrilled we had the opportunity to work on this project.”

 



 

Sumner’s Esplanade

Esplanade’s Exceptional Newcomer: Sumner’s Esplanade


The renovation of this 1900’s arts and crafts style house on Sumner’s Esplanade is a favourite project of Ben Brady, from Linetype Architectural.

 

Sumner’s Esplanade

 

The result has exceeded the client’s expectations: they described the lifestyle sought but weren’t prescriptive, leaving Ben plenty of space for ideas. Ben says the outcome is something that might always have been there. “It essentially respects the existing house, but transports it to 21st century living.”  The exterior is finished in white to let the architecture speak for itself and the addition of a first-floor deck is paint-finished to stay in harmony. An external black painted stainless steel spiral staircase incorporates the ladder-style details of the original windows, referencing early 20th century French design. The front entrance design features a stunning painted stainless-steel gate and highlights the existing sculptural ‘bonsai-on-steroids’ tree.

The challenge was fitting the desired living into the footprint. “It looks like a large building but is really not,” Ben says.
Internally, colour is pared back: white spaces balance timber while its orientation to the sea is enhanced with accents of blue. The high stud exalts the coffered ceiling, which in turn defines the spaces beautifully, with an existing beam finding a second purpose as a frame.
Ben comes to architecture from a background of painting, sculpture, music and sheetmetal working. “Architecture is a great mix of business, my trade, and art. I always design buildable homes, understanding how they will be constructed.” The construction firm, New View Construction, specialises in new, particularly hillside properties, and owner Steve Pike says this renovation was a unique opportunity. “We pride ourselves in our top quality craftsmanship but this renovation also required a respect for heritage and history.”
Ben says, “This house looks as good close up as far away”.

 

Sumner’s Esplanade

 

Steve is thrilled with the exterior deck and staircase. “It was a huge task, but the result reflects perfectly the property’s style: additional external living space integrated to inside living, plus a connection to ground floor living and outdoor spaces. The windows are another highlight, 21st century double-glazing in timber sashes replicating the original design era. “Working with Ben and the contractors was a pleasure, and I’m delighted with the completed construction, a genuine heritage property providing 21st century living. I know the owners will enjoy many happy years in the home.”

Tony van der Plas of Timber Tru Ltd joiners has enjoyed working with Ben again, helping to bring another of Ben’s visions to life in making the kitchen, laundry, ensuite, entertainment units and wardrobes for this project. “The use of solid American White oak bench tops (in particular the large 80mm thick angled island top weighing in at around 85kg), and shelving with the white cabinetry looks great, and the detail of matching the on-bench cabinetry doors with the window style makes it blend with the outside walls. We look forward to more projects with Ben in the future.”

 


PROJECT PARTNERS

New View Construction

Phone: 027 589 2700
Web: www.newviewconstruction.co.nz

 

TimberTru
Phone: 03 389 2986
Web: www.timbertru.co.nz

 


 

NKBA

Honoured by Award


Thanks to hard work, attention to detail, and a truly collaborative effort, the team at Christchurch’s Eternodesign scooped three National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) 2018 awards.

 

NKBA

 

Renowned for kitchen and bathroom design, and bespoke soft furnishings, the Merivale-based company won the Creative Excellence Award, and was recognised as runner-up in the Supreme Bathroom of the Year and Canterbury Bathroom of the Year categories.
All three prizes were presented for work on a stunning master ensuite project that has all the touches of an exclusive hotel.
The spacious, yet functional bathroom features grand floating oval mirror cupboards, Corian oval sinks, a black Italian porcelain tiled wall, a vanity bench top and subtle lighting to add softness.

Interior architect Emma Morris wanted to create a bathroom that exuded elegance and sophistication. “It’s unique in its bold collaboration of bespoke design cabinetry, high-gloss black lacquer finish, and hidden power points in the drawers to keep the tops clean and uncluttered. The materials and finishes were carefully chosen to incorporate and capture the beauty of the home’s various spaces.”
To be recognised at the prestigious awards, was a “real honour”, says Emma, noting she couldn’t have done it without her amazing team. “These awards are a collaborative effort, working with wonderful clients who have a certain vision and give you creative control to create these wonderful interior spaces. We work with a wonderful team of builders, joiners, benchtop manufacturers, and various other trades to help bring our vision to a reality.”

 

 


For more information, visit
www.eternodesign.co.nz.


 

 

Hard as Rocks

Solid service & product: Hard as Rocks


Hard as Rocks is New Zealand’s exclusive supplier of Eldorado Stone, the most realistic architectural man-made stone available on the market today, giving you the look and feel of stone without the weight and cost associated with the real thing.

 

Hard as Rocks

 

Hard as Rocks has a great display at the Home Ideas Centre, 37 Mandeville Street in Riccarton and offers the largest range of stone profiles and colour selections available in New Zealand. The company makes choosing your stone simple as the prices are all the same. Once you have had your plans priced you can change stone options without having to re-price your new build, renovation or landscaping project.

With each stone sold as an individual piece, you can even mix stone profiles and colours, or change the grout colours to give you a truly unique look to suit your project. With nationwide franchised distributors, Hard as Rocks maintains building compliance and quality control by only using its own licensed applicators, trained not only in waterproofing and stone application, but also in detailing and the little extras that hold true to the eye – guaranteeing a flawless, professional finish. Hard as Rocks is the only BRANZ appraised installation system for man-made stone veneer in New Zealand.

 


For more information phone 0800 ELDORADO (353 672), email info@hardasrocks.co.nz, or visit www.hardasrocks.co.nz.


 

Architectural Alchemy

Architectural Alchemy


Little by little and project by project, Christchurch’s ever-evolving urban landscape is taking form. No longer the quaint post-Victoria spot it once was, it is rising from the rubble with a dynamic new edge.

 

Architectural Alchemy

 

The emerging Christchurch will be an overlay of the new upon the old – one that preserves heritage while embracing modernity. The result will be a 21st-century ‘Garden City’ that provides a new way of working and living in a city within a contemporary and vibrant environment. It is perhaps best exemplified by the raft of awards earned on the local level at the recent ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards, one of the most coveted architecture awards in the country. Cymon Allfrey of Cymon Allfrey Architects has taken out yet another prestigious architecture award for ‘The Family Bach’ when it was named the supreme winner.

The ADNZ award win means The Family Bach has received recognition at five separate architecture awards programmes in 2018 – making it one of the most recognised designs in the country ever. Set in the idyllic Hanmer Springs, it was created as a retreat for Cymon’s own family to enjoy and ADNZ judges described the playful collection of three hovering buildings as a place for making lasting memories. The Family Bach was not the only winner on the night from the Canterbury region. Out of nine projects recognised with ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards in New Zealand – four were from Canterbury.

The other winners were ‘Latimer’ by Kelly Rush of Krush Architecture, ‘Redcliff Village Library’ by Greg Young of Young Architects and ‘Glandovey Home’ by Cymon Allfrey of Cymon Allfrey Architects Ltd. Redcliffs Village Library – designed by Greg Young of Young Architects won the Commercial/Industrial Architectural Design Award. The brief was to deliver a small, fit for purpose, community hub facility that supports both the voluntary library function and a multipurpose community space. Cymon Allfrey had another winning home, this time in the Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award. A residential home on Glandovey Road with a soaring pitched roof that runs the length of the house, Glandovey Home was praised by judges for being an “individualist” but at the same time sitting nicely with its surrounds.

Kelly Rush of Krush Architecture received the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award for a modern design of three large, high-spec townhouses located in Christchurch’s central city. Judges were complimentary of Rush for creating a sense of privacy in a busy urban setting. Architectural Designers New Zealand CEO, Astrid Andersen, says the four Canterbury projects were worthy winners in a hotly contested awards season. “With home owners taking greater creative risks and putting more trust in their designers and architects – the resulting architecture is more exciting, interesting and bold,” she says.

“Cymon Allfrey’s bach design is an example of this. Cymon was free to design a home that was brave, adventurous and a work of art. We only hope that this trend continues and more of our members are given the opportunity to push the boat out and let their creativity take sail.”

 



 

First Windows and Doors

A tightly knit team: First Windows and Doors


Located at 7 Langstone Lane Papanui, First Windows and Doors Christchurch knows more than a thing or two about high-quality windows and doors.

 

First Windows and Doors

 

Able to offer the full range of residential aluminium and uPVC joinery, including thermally broken options, this is the definitive go-to for countless consumers. The company also manufactures the Smartwood range, which is a timber/aluminium composite product. From the inside it looks just like traditional timber joinery, but with aluminium on the outside, you save all that sanding, painting and maintenance.
Within the tightly knit team, there are more than 450 years of collective experience in the industry. Customers are crucial to all businesses, but without good staff you’ll never keep those customers happy.

Staff culture is a massive priority for First Windows and Doors. From the shop floor through to management, there is a real family feel to the team. Everyone looks out for and supports each other in times of need, and the company offers ‘no questions asked’ counselling for all staff.Six employees have worked there more than ten years, one employee has for twenty, and four employees have worked there more than 25 years. This is a company that celebrates our modern multi-cultural society and the team reflects this.

First Windows and Doors is also very excited to welcome Tony Borlase as the new General Manager. With his skills and experience, Tony is set to lead First Windows and Doors into an exciting future.

 


For more information visit www.firstchch.co.nz or phone
03 375 0700.


 

Viden Group

Buildable, practical solutions: Viden Group


The professional expertise of structural engineers is integral to today’s construction industry. It is they who deal with the design assessment, planning, construction and management of infrastructure such as roads, tunnels, bridges, buildings, utilities and other projects, ensuring that structures are efficient and stable.

 

Viden Group

 

 

“We like to think of ourselves as providing buildable, practical solutions to architects, builders and developers,” Viden Group Directors Tim Day and Mark Patterson explain. “We have a great deal of experience in a wide range of engineering disciplines from structural and architectural to seismic, forensic and civil. It is our role to scrutinise the details of a project and we are really prepared to give the necessary time to this work. If you iron out as far as possible the potential glitches of a project there is far less chance of things going wrong during construction.”

During the Christchurch rebuild the team has enjoyed a truly varied selection of work. “Mark’s previous experience includes being the engineering manager for the Justice and Emergency Precinct. We have collaborated with a number of local architects on high-end residential builds, particularly on the hill suburbs with site constraints and complex design features. We have extensive experience completing detailed seismic assessments, designing complex hillside architectural homes, passive homes and utilising modular construction.”

The rural sector is another area where the Viden Group specialises. “We can assist with rural design work such as stock underpasses, rural bridges, sheds and tanks and other farm structures.”

 


To take advantage of the Viden Group’s engineering experience phone 03 741 2064 or email office@viden.co.nz.