WOOLSTON CLUB’S NEW PAVILLION A WORLD-CLASS FACILITY
Damage assessed at millions of dollars was inflicted on the Woolston Club when the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 devastated Christchurch.
After a successful fundraising campaign and extensive local support, the rebuild of the community facility has been a major post-earthquake project in hard-hit Eastern Christchurch, which showcased some of Spanbild Projects unique capabilities when the new club officially opened on 1st August 2015.
Facing a constrained budget and a significant fundraising target, New Zealand’s role as host for the FIFA U20 World Cup provided the catalyst for the development of the Garrick Park facilities as a training venue for the visiting international teams.
With the site’s future secured, the new focus created its own challenges. When the funding was confirmed, just a handful of months remained to create a new sports facility before Woolston Club were to play host to some of the best developing players in the world.
Spanbild Projects General Manager Tim Blake says his organisation had to concentrate a wide range of its resources on getting the project completed on time.
“One of the unique advantages Spanbild Projects has, is the ability to bring together the resources of the whole Spanbild Group. This includes a dedicated team of designers and engineers, our Christchurch based manufacturing facility and our experienced local builders – as well as a broad variety of local suppliers.”
“To complete a project on this scale to the standard required, in just a few short months, underscored the real advantages of the Spanbild Projects model. ”
NEW FACILITY FOR LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
When the Lincoln University faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences (AGLS) needed
a temporary replacement building for one of its departments – Wine, Food and Molecular biosciences (WFMB Dept) – finding a timely and cost-effective solution was high on the list of priorities for one
of Christchurch’s most reputable educational establishments.
Working alongside project partners Arrow International, Spanbild designed, engineered, produced and constructed a new state-of-the-art research and teaching facility. Produced inside a 12 month period, the new facility was designed to meet a range of requirements, ranging from the speed of the build to the needs of the occupants in the way they planned to fit-out the space as a specialised research facility.
The Spanbild engineering
team was able to draw on
a range of proven designs –
as well as the systems and processes that had enabled
the team to respond to a number of rapid-build projects in the post-earthquake period – to create a solution that met
all Lincoln University’s needs.
The versatility of the building, both from a structural and design perspective, has meant the temporary Life Sciences facility provides a welcoming working environment for Lincoln University staff, with elements like window shades, angled corridors and internal light-wells accenting a very well-designed space.
TO KEEP HAPU SAFE AND COMFORTABLE
Taking care of their
people – and the wider community – has been
a priority for Ngai Tahu Property since the Christchurch earthquakes.
Representing not only the region’s largest iwi, but also
a major business operation deeply engaged in the economic well-being of
the city, Ngai Tahu had to respond quickly to the disaster, providing resources for both the organisation and its people.
Since the February earthquake, Portabuild has supplied a number of buildings to Ngai Tahu, now basing its operations at the old Wigram Airfield site.
With many local residents, especially those living in
the city’s eastern suburbs, displaced by the earthquakes – and with so much of Christchurch’s infrastructure damaged – having a safe and healthy place to work and
visit, with additional resources that support not only the commercial operation but
also the welfare of staff, has become paramount.
To meet these needs,
the buildings provided by Portabuild include a kitchen unit, numerous offices, ablutions units and a laundry unit. This has allowed Ngai
Tahu to accommodate its
staff and visitors in comfort
and provide extra resources such as laundry and shower areas – a welcome resource
in the current environment.
NEW SOCIAL HOUSING UNITS ENHANCE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
When the country’s largest non-government owned social housing provider, Accessible Properties
New Zealand Ltd, received a Social Housing Fund grant for the construction of new-build social housing units, they
formed a partnership
with Spanbild Projects to help provide quality rental homes for people with
a wide range of living requirements.
Accessible Properties specialises in the disability sector, including the management of the IHC’s
1100 properties throughout New Zealand.
Accessible Properties project manager Julia Saunders says the company was established with a focus on providing housing to people with disabilities, and now extends to the wider community to include
people who qualify for the Government’s Income Related Rent Subsidy programme.
“We try and provide housing
for whole of life, so that means if a tenant’s needs change, they don’t have to move.”
The IHC New Zealand is Accessible Properties’ parent organisation and became a separate entity from its property department in
2010. “We still manage all the housing stock that’s owned by the IHC, and we’ve started developing our own,” Julia says. “The projects we’ve been completing with Spanbild Projects are part of a larger programme established using the government grant to build new stock in areas of high demand here in Christchurch, as well as in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Wellington.”
We try and provide housing for whole of life, so that means if
a tenant’s needs change, they don’t have to move.
HOME FOR CANTERBURY RUGBY
Hailed by Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee
as a project that sends
a strong signal that Canterbury is open
for business, the new Christchurch Rugby Stadium is also a comprehensive demonstration of the capabilities of a wide
range of Canterbury-
Built in less than 100 days,
the 17,000 seat, $30 million temporary stadium was a
highly public showcase of the approach that will be crucial
to the city's rebuild campaign: combining a team of dynamic and adaptable companies, using a variety of new techniques and even repurposed materials to deliver a fast and cost effective solution for the community.
Spanbild Projects general manager Tim Blake says the company is extremely proud
to have played a role in the development of the stadium. Despite facing a wide range
of challenges – and some extremely long days – in
order to achieve an incredibly pressured deadline, Tim says the project brought the company's entire team together, combining their diverse capabilities to deliver some unique solutions.
“There are few projects that could better highlight what
is possible in Canterbury with the right team and the right approach. And there would
be few prouder moments for the entire company when the Crusaders first ran out onto
the pitch in front of a capacity crowd of happy Cantabrians.”
BESPOKE COMMERCIAL DESIGN A NEW ZEALAND FIRST
Developing a smart
new look for a recognised global restaurant chain – and delivering it in
just three months – underscored the value
of Spanbild Projects’ engineering and production capabilities. The latest Christchurch Burger King restaurant
at the Z Energy service station on Curletts Road
is unlike any other in
New Zealand, with a unique design and distinctive finish that provides a local twist for
an international brand.
“The unique capabilities of Spanbild Projects, combining design, engineering and
project management, as
well as access to large scale proprietary manufacturing and relationships with the country’s leading suppliers, in our view made us an ideal partner for these kinds of commercial projects,” says Spanbild Projects General Manager
A worldwide restaurant chain, Burger King has 82 stores all over New Zealand, including
a number that are co-located with other businesses.
“We really started from scratch and rethought how we could
do things so the process would be simpler and easier,” says Antares Restaurant Group construction manager Brendon Peirce. “Working directly with the engineers was really good.
We had completely open use
to a project.”
HOMES WHEN CHRISTCHURCH PEOPLE NEEDED
When Christchurch families needed a new place to live, Spanbild
took an innovative team approach to creating it
Working with a group of
locally-owned companies to form a unique partnership, Spanbild was able to draw on the capacity of its Christchurch-based factory, and the designs created for its Versatile range
as the framework for 250 temporary homes.
Working for the Department
of Housing and Building in a joint venture partnership with Hawkins Construction and Fulton Hogan, Spanbild was
able to provide a safe and comfortable new home for hundreds of local people.
The homes, in Linwood and Kaiapoi, cater for some of
the worst affected residents
of the city, offering temporary accommodation while they
find new homes or have their properties repaired. A mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses, the villages will be
used for up to two years.
Constructed over just 8 weeks, working with Fulton Hogan
and Hawkins Construction, the temporary villages have won plaudits from the community and new residents, who began taking up residence in July.
AMBULANCE HUB NEW ZEALAND FIRST
Constructing a one-of-a-kind ambulance hub for
St John highlights not only the value of Spanbild Projects’ production and engineering capabilities but also its ability to build innovative structures.
The St John central city ambulance hub is the first of its kind in New Zealand and will act as a logistics facility, servicing ambulance stations or “spokes” across the city.
Past projects, local networks and connections have helped to forge what is likely to be a long-standing partnership between St John and Spanbild Projects.
Because of this partnership,
this year Spanbild Projects tackled a multi-million-dollar project unlike any other, participating in the building a one-of-a-kind ambulance hub
in the centre of Christchurch.
St John South Island property and facilities manager Mel Eade says the $5million make-ready hub will particularly cater to paramedics out in the field,
with ambulances starting and finishing their day at the hub
on the corner of Durham and
St Asaph streets.
“The paramedics will jump into
a vehicle and go out on the road and be posted in different suburbs around Christchurch in order to improve response time,” Mel explains.