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Old Souls


There’s not many ‘old souls’ left standing in the Christchurch central city, which makes the opportunity to showcase any effort to maintain them a good one.

 

Photo: CCC/Newsline

The former Wellington Woollen Mills building at 96 Lichfield Street and the Design and Arts College building at 116 Worcester Street have each received $600,000 toward their multimillion-dollar repairs and refurbishments.

Christchurch City Council staff had recommended $900,000 for each building, but with only $1.2m left in the heritage grant kitty for this year, councillors decided against dipping into next year’s $1.5m budget, instead opting to cap the amount at $600,000 each.

Both properties are classed as ‘Highly Significant’ buildings in the Christchurch District Plan.

Dating back to the 1930s, the former State Insurance building in Worcester Street was designed by renowned architect Cecil Wood, in association with Paul Pascoe.

It has art deco influences and was first used as offices for the State Fire and Accident Insurance Company and for the Lands and Survey and Lands and Deeds Departments.

The building was damaged in the earthquakes but has changed hands since then. The new owners – 116 Worcester Street Ltd – have plans to fully upgrade it and restore this golden oldie’s historic façade, including the original coat of arms. Its new use will be for living and rental accommodation.

The second notable building is the former Wellington Woollen Mills building, a category 1 historic building in Lichfield Street, which dates back to 1920.

It was designed by architect William Gummer, whose firm Gummer and Ford, was responsible for many significant buildings around New Zealand including the Auckland Railway Station and the former National Art Gallery and Museum in Wellington.

Designed in a pared-down classical style, it was one of the first commercial buildings in Christchurch to feature glass curtain walling.

Currently hiding behind scaffolding and mesh, the new funding will be a welcome addition in the process of breathing life back into the building.

The new owners (Wool House Investments Ltd) hope to both repair and upgrade the structure.

The Central City Landmark Heritage Grant Funding Scheme was set up by the council after the earthquakes to help owners retain, repair and strengthen the central city’s remaining historic buildings.

To date, grants of more than $13.5 million have been made to 12 different heritage restoration projects.

The heritage grants for the two buildings have been granted on the condition that full conservation covenants are registered against the property titles.


 

React, Rebuild, Reminisce


Almost a decade has passed since the traumatic events of the 2011 earthquakes. That’s nearly 10 years of trying to get the city back on its feet. Bit by bit, building by building we’re started to rebuild the heart of the Garden City.

 

 

We’ve hunted out all the upcoming developments and cool things happening around town to get you excited about the year to come – we weren’t short of inspiration!


Christchurch Hospital Acute Services Building:

If you haven’t been into the CBD and seen this colossal 10-storey building creeping up in size near the Christchurch Women’s Hospital, then you may need to look again.

This gigantic project has been in construction since 2015 and, as the largest government project in Canterbury coming in at 62,000 square metres, it’s easy to see why this is such a big deal for the city – literally and figuratively! It’s set to throw open its doors later this year.


Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre:

The Convention Centre, scheduled to open in October this year, will provide the facilities we’ve been lacking since its predecessor was demolished in early 2012.

Supported by accommodation, retail, hospitality and public transport, it is set to be world-class and it’s certainly got the look down pat; the braided river façade of the new building is already the talk of the town.

With 43,000 herringbone tiles set to be installed on the building… no wonder it’s popping into conversation here and there.


The South Frame:

This project is in construction stage, with around three quarters of it already now complete.

Ōtākaro Ltd describes the site as “a place for markets, events and celebrations – an area to gather, dine, be entertained or just relax”.

The Greenway will be at the heart of this project, providing an oasis in between the hustle and bustle of city life.


3D interactive visualiser:

With all these new developments, you might be keen to look back on just how much this city has evolved in the few years following the earthquake.

The Christchurch City Council can help you do that with their ‘3D interactive visualiser of the CBD’.

Not only can you view the buildings we lost during the quake, but you can also see the revival and emergence of the new CBD.

It really puts into perspective just how far we’ve come in such a short time.


Canterbury Multi-Use Arena:

Labelled a ‘game-changer’ for the city, the multi-use arena will help Christchurch re-establish itself as New Zealand’s sporting and cultural capital.

The 25,000-seat arena is set to come in at $472 million to build.

A small(ish) price to pay to transform Christchurch into a super-host for major sporting and cultural events.


 

At the building forefront


Having been locally owned and operated since inception in 1984, Fowler Homes Christchurch has been at the forefront of designing and building quality homes and commercial buildings for countless satisfied buyers for close to four decades.

 

 

As recipients of both the Master Builders House of the Year and the Commercial Project Awards, Fowler Homes Christchurch continues to offer the best value and products to all clients.

The company’s primary point of difference is clarity.

When you choose Fowler Homes Christchurch, Ivan Stanicich or Dustin Stanley will guide you through the whole process from the first line on your plans.

They will price what you want in your home, obtain building consent, project manage your build right through to completion, before handing over of your keys or the digital code for your front door.

The suppliers and contractors used by Fowler Homes Christchurch are some of the very best in Canterbury, guaranteeing you the best quality and value.

Also, all work is backed by a 10-year Master Build Guarantee so you can be assured you’re in safe hands.

Proof of this is the fact that more than 85 percent of all business is for repeat and referred clients.

We take this all seriously, while still providing a level of fun for you the customer.

So, contact Fowler Homes Christchurch today to find out more about how the team can make your dream home a reality.


 

How to bring a vision to life: Fleetwood Construction


Building a dream home should always be a great adventure that comes with an extremely satisfying and happy ending. There are things you can do to ensure that your vision for your home is brought to reality in every detail.

 

 

Sam Fleetwood of Fleetwood Construction talked to us about the process of finding a builder. “You need to ascertain their honesty, integrity, workmanship and ability to communicate. We advise going through these steps as a bare minimum, before you sign.”

 

 

  1. Ask around for recommendations. Once you find a builder you like, ask to speak to some previous clients about their experience. You can even ask to have a look around one of their current building sites to see how they work and meet some of their team.
  2. Look into how long your builder has been in business and if they have been doing the type of work you require for a long time. See what awards they’ve won for this type of work.
  3. Research your builder’s social media and website to find out what type of work they have done, and if they have the right skills to build your home.
  4. Establish the resources they have available – how many in their team, how many they would put on your job, and what qualifications do they have.
  5. Are they good at communication? How will they communicate with you? You can find this out in the very early stages of contact with your builder.
  6. Make sure the builder is fully licensed, or even better, a registered Master Builder.

 


 

Solution-based building: Pringle Homes


‘Building confidence’: two words which perfectly sum up Pringle Homes. Yes, in the minds of many, the idea of undertaking a new home build of one’s own can be a terrifying prospect. However, it doesn’t need to be. Thanks to Pringle Homes, the stress we tend to experience after deciding to pull the trigger on our new humble abode, simply no longer applies.

 

 

With their solution-based building and construction plan, Pringle Homes has, for the last decade, gained a sterling reputation for helping everyone, from first-time home buyers to others wanting their second dream home, get the peace of mind of a job well done.

You only need look at the home of Di Lynes and Richard Hall. Built by Pringle Homes, it has won the Gold Reserve and Master Build Regional House of the Year. It is also in the running for National House of the Year too.

Built using the latest building techniques and the best possible materials and no expense spared, this home is the standard by which Pringle Homes is renowned for. Di and Richard were given building confidence by Pringle Homes. Just think what Pringle homes can do for you.


 

Diverse engineering services: Babbage Consultants


Established 80 years ago, the 100 percent New Zealand-owned and operated engineering practice Babbage provides structural, geotech, civil, building and engineering design services, as well as building surveying and ecology reporting services.

 

 

“We have a solid reputation for delivery across the whole of New Zealand, with the Christchurch and recently opened Queenstown office delivering design solutions to all corners of the South Island,” South Island Business Manager Matt Harris says.
Furthermore, Babbage’s sister company Bioresearches is a specialist ecology and environmental consultancy.

With the introduction of building surveying, Babbage is also supplying assistance to the commercial real estate sector, property investors, owners and body corporates. By undertaking pre-purchase due-diligence assessments, facility management reviews and long-term maintenance plans, Babbage mitigates client property land acquisition and disposal risk, including providing advice regarding commercial lease negotiation and review.

The team’s integrated value-added design philosophy is apparent in the high-end 1,417m2 Belfast Terrace development which overlooks central Queenstown. The successful delivery of the nearly completed Hyundai showroom on Christchurch’s Durham Street also illustrates Babbage’s ‘single point of contact’ formula, prioritising the ability to talk directly to the senior staff involved on each venture.

The personal touch means not only happy retained and repeat clients, but key staff as well, which Babbage recognises ensures continuity of relationship management and strong sector knowledge. Contact Matt Harris on 027 706 7933 or
solutions@babbage.co.nz.

 

 


 

Executing the Exceptional: Jennian Homes


Dwayne Prendergast, Director of Jennian Homes Canterbury, says the year has started with strong sales. “We are particularly pleased with the number of new high-end architectural builds we are doing, along with our large range of family and holiday homes,” Dwayne says.

 

 

This year has seen the completion of a number of in-house designed architectural builds in Westmorland. “The homes are built into the hillside, and enjoy stunning views over the city.” With special block foundation engineered floors, Jennian Homes has ensured these builds don’t just look fantastic, but are built to meet the environmental challenges.

“We are really enjoying handling whole projects – beginning with designs created by our team from scratch, through to seeing delighted owners moving in,” Dave says. “The process is made that much easier for clients with our Studio J display centre right here at our office in Sockburn.

It is open from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and it is just great because it removes the need for clients to try to visualise; they can see all the materials and colour options as they would appear on a finished home.” If you are thinking of building, it’s never too early to talk to one of the team at Jennian Homes.

The Jennian team are there to explore your ideas, explain options and offer complete certainty around the process of building with Jennian Homes. “If you’d love an architectural home but budget is a constraint, utilising the in-house design team is an extremely cost-effective way to achieve your goal,” Dwayne says.

The design team is completed by in-house sales and accounts, and there is a fantastic set of skilled personnel in the key project management group. “We’ve all got such energy and enthusiasm for what we achieve here, and it’s because we work with great brands, great trades and we get great results. We’ve completed numerous homes for delighted clients and we are proud of what we are doing,” Dwayne says.

The team has expanded the area it covers and Jennian Homes Canterbury is now creating dream homes for happy clients from Kaikoura to Waimate. Jennian’s homes are also completed under fixed contracts. “We understand that people can come to building with concerns about controlling the costs. We guarantee there won’t be any unpleasant surprises with your budget,” Dwayne says.

Jennian Homes also ensures there are a range of display homes available to view at any one time, which is no mean feat given they get snapped up by impressed buyers very quickly. Both of the Jennian Homes Canterbury display homes in Rolleston and Rangiora are open Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm and an exciting new concept in display homes is about to open in Halswell Commons. Stunning display homes in Ashburton and Timaru are open for your viewing with team members on site.


 

Taurus Built Ltd

Strength to Strength: Taurus Built Ltd


Taurus Built Ltd is going from strength to strength. From humble beginnings, the company has the dedication, professionalism and commitment to go above and beyond what is required to give you the home of your dreams.

 

Taurus Built Ltd

 

Founded by experienced builder Tom Peters in 2017, Taurus Built Ltd has grown from a one-man operation to a tightly-knit team of professional builders, with building projects on-the-go across Canterbury and Central Otago.

As a Registered Master Builder, all building projects undertaken by Taurus Built Ltd carry the Registered Master Builders 10-year guarantee; a solid reminder that your Taurus Built home has been built by qualified builders to stand the test of time.

Taurus Built will give you the best possible rate for your budget and prides itself on a job well done to the highest possible standard. With the company’s operations in Central Otago centred around the Wanaka area, Taurus Built has plenty of new projects on the go across both regions. There has never been a better time to get a team with the integrity and passion which Taurus Built is renowned for, to undertake your next building project.

 


For more information, or to organise your next build, phone Tom direct on 022 151 7835 or visit the website
www.taurusbuiltltd.com.


 

Rosemerryn Retail Development

Ticking the boxes: Rosemerryn Retail Development


Lincoln’s rapid and ongoing growth hasn’t impeded the development of attractive and enjoyable spaces, a fact which is evident in the quality of the Rosemerryn Retail Development.

 

Rosemerryn Retail Development

 

Completed in 2018, the precinct features retail, office and hospitality space with 55 on-site carparks on the corner of Edward Street and Eastfield Drive. Leasing agent for the development, Paula Raine of Ray White Commercial Christchurch says it’s one of the most impressive retail developments she has been involved with recently; a powerful nod to the attention to detail that has gone into it.

Already featuring fashion, health, retail offerings, offices, a gym, delicatessen and café, there are only a small handful of retail spaces still vacant, with the vibrant mix of existing services creating a strong drawcard for businesses looking for an exceptional community hub.

Of particular note is a 259 square metre space which spans the high profile Edward Street and Eastfield Drive corner, featuring a 49 square metre outdoor al fresco area and views across both street frontages. Flexibility is a strong drawcard, with the space large enough to cater to a homewares or furniture store, a dentistry, veterinarian, medical practice or green grocer. However, the space allows for a substantial kitchen area making it equally suitable for a restaurant or bar. There is also potential for the space to be split into smaller or shared tenancies for the right businesses.

 

Rosemerryn Retail Development

 

Form and function have well and truly been combined at the Rosemerryn Retail Precinct, with sleek, contemporary aesthetics and high building standards culminating in a space that is as attractive as it is safe.
Internally it is a light and airy space, with an elegant high stud, while externally the modern aesthetics are complemented by beautiful native landscaping.

The Lincoln township is flourishing, with a population of more than 7,000. Previously expected to be just a post-quake phenomenon, there is little sign of it slowing, with Selwyn District Council projecting population numbers to easily hit 10,000 within 10 years.

 

Rosemerryn Retail Development

With Lincoln township plus surrounding communities in Rolleston, Prebbleton, and Springston featuring a mixture of ‘lifestyle blockers’, families, retirees and commuters, the developers behind the new Rosemerryn complex have ensured community wellbeing is a core focus of the development, particularly as it relates to getting the strongest tenancy mix.

As such, they have generously offered to help an experienced operator that is in tune with the local community with their fitout, to help tailor the space to their needs.
“It is so nice to work with developers who are invested in creating a strong selection of businesses,” Paula adds.

 


For more information about this fabulous space, or the smaller spaces available at Rosemerryn Retail Development in Lincoln, speak to Paula on
027 221 4997, or email paula.raine@raywhite.com.


 

THEO HNAT

New Approaches to Structural Strengthening: Mainmark


While the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes were not New Zealand’s largest seismic events in recent years, they resulted in the most damage and loss of life. The Canterbury sequence also put a renewed community focus on earthquake engineering and the strengthening of structures.

Metropol Build talks to Mainmark New Zealand technical manager Theo Hnat about the new approaches to structural strengthening and what they mean for building owners.

 

New Approaches to Structural Strengthening

 

The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 (EPBA) was introduced on 1 July 2017, coinciding with the updated New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering assessment guidelines.
The EPBA provides leadership and direction regarding risks to public safety posed by existing buildings, and brought major changes to the way earthquake-prone buildings are identified and managed under the Building Act. It also educates building owners and tenants about seismic performance and risk.

 

NEW BUILDING STANDARD

The EPBA categorises New Zealand into three seismic risk categories under the New Building Standard (NBS) and sets timeframes for building owners to identify and take action to strengthen or remove earthquake-prone buildings.

The lowest performing structures (33 percent NBS or less) are deemed earthquake prone and will most likely be demolished. For intermediate risk (33 percent – 67 percent NBS), building owners are required to strengthen the building to meet 67 percent NBS.

The challenge for building owners undertaking earthquake strengthening works to existing buildings is to consider both ground strength and building behaviour so that the most cost effective and long-lasting solution can be identified to improve the %NBS.
The past two years has seen growing awareness about the interaction between building structures and soil during an earthquake.

While the EPBA and %NBS has created a growing market for earthquake strengthening, encompassing architects, engineers, builders and developers, earthquake strengthening of existing buildings has historically focused only on bracing or stiffening the visible structure, rather than modifying the ground or footings.

The design methods typically considered include FRP wrapping, concrete jacketing, additional bracing or damping, selective weakening, base isolation, foundation widening or stiffening, piling, and ground improvement.

 

EARTHQUAKE STRENGTHENING OF BUILDINGS HISTORICALLY FOCUSED ON THE VISIBLE STRUCTURE

 

REMEDIATION SOLUTIONS

Apart from ground improvement, the strengthening solutions are structural approaches that seek to either increase flexibility or strength, or decrease deformation and displacement of the building, without addressing the behaviour of the soil. For building owners seeking to achieve a higher %NBS, it is recommended to engage both geotechnical and structural engineers when considering the best approach.

Photos from the 1964 Niigata earthquake, with buildings lying on their sides, demonstrated structures strong enough to withstand the impact of an earthquake on poor ground. It is important to remember that much of the damage observed in Canterbury was due to poor performance of the ground rather than the strength of the buildings.

Since the Canterbury earthquakes, ground improvement research trials have shown that resin injection can demonstrably improve the density and stiffness of earthquake affected ground and increase the resistance of soils to liquefaction. The full research report is now available on the New Zealand Geotechnical Society online library, and is included in MBIE Module 5: Ground Improvement of Soils Prone to Liquefaction.