LIVE PROJECTS

SUNSET WEST APARTMENTS

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Near the heart of Wellington's vibrant Cuba Quarter, Sunset West Apartments is a new development comprising 64 well-appointed and highly specified apartments.

 

Commenced on site in October 2019, this is Aoraki's first flagship major project in partnership with Nightingale Residential. The structure, designed by New Zealand Consulting Engineers (NZECL) is an innovative pad and ground beam foundation with fully structural steel and metal deck composite suspended concrete floor slabs, providing a resilient structure to house the apartments. The sleek architecture has been designed by Design Group Stapleton Elliot's Wellington office (DGSE) with Nigel Dong and Chris Gilby leading the charge. The apartments all have external balconies and clever in-built joinery.

Construction is underway and due for completion in early 2021. If you are interested in purchasing an apartment, you can find more information at https://www.sunsetwest.co.nz 

his team at Vertbuild Ltd. Following enabling works to clear the hilly site, the Treehouse timber support poles were set out and drilled. From here, the timber floors support a simple timber-framed residential structure and simple yet sleek interiors with beautiful joinery and views to the West over Island Bay.

The Treehouses are currently under construction and due for completion in early 2020.

ERSKINE TREEHOUSES

Aoraki was engaged by The Wellington Company as Main Contractor for 9 of the Erskine development units - the E-units, aka the Treehouses.

The elegantly designed Treehouses almost float on top of the landscape, offering peace, privacy and connection with the land. The Aoraki team commenced in 2018, in partnership with Chris Theodorou and              

MONARK

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The Aoraki team got involved with the Monark project near the end of 2019 and thenceforth worked closely with the developer and design team to resolve a number of logistical issues to get the project underway.  The construction contract was awarded in June 2020 and the Aoraki team are delighted to be working again with Egmont Dixon, The Wellington Company and lead consultants Design Group Stapleton Elliot (DGSE).  The site to found the building will be subject to some robust ground work including new in-ground services infrastructure to King Street and Adelaide Road, and circa 160 new 12-15m deep concrete piles to be constructed by Brian Perry Civil.  The structure, designed by engineers Silvester Clark, is a clever one – built from a hybrid precast panel and in-situ concrete solution.  The precast panels will be manufactured in Whanganui by Emmetts Civil Construction Ltd, who are known for their high quality concrete work.  The Aoraki team will complete the insitu concrete on site, including the floor slabs which are supported on a precast ‘rib & infill’ system supplied by Ultimate Engineered

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Concrete in Taranaki.  The resulting structure provides solid concrete inter-tenancy walls between the apartments, a number of which are exposed on the interior.

 

With the concrete structure forming the interior walls of the building, the exterior façade is built up in high quality aluminium framed double glazed units and deck balconies.  Each apartment is fitted with tempered fresh air and extract systems to comply with inner-city ventilation requirements.  Internally the apartments are well appointed with quality fittings and finishes.  We are extremely proud to be involved in this project with an experienced developer who has already contributed greatly to Wellington’s vibrant inner city, along with the highly experienced design team.

Construction is now underway and due to be completed in June 2022. If you are interested in purchasing an apartment, more information can be found at https://www.monark.co.nz

PAST PROJECTS

The Aoraki team have had pivotal roles in the delivery of an impressive portfolio of commercial projects through their senior roles with some of Wellington’s top tier main contractors.  Here is a selection!

Taranaki Base Hospital - $58M - 2014

In his role as Bid Manager, Chris led the bid team to secure the project, then when the contract was awarded Chris was appointed as Project Manager. While he had not headed up a project of this scale previously, his track record of successful delivery, relevant experience (particularly his key role in the delivery of the $175M new Regional Hospital in Wellington), and his ability to understand complex projects saw him well-equipped to lead the team and the relationship with this important Client.

 

“Clinical Hospital buildings are exceptionally complex and over the period of construction, technology changes rapidly, much of which has to be incorporated with little change to the allowable construction budget.  Chris – I have no doubt that you made many of these variations occur with considerable goodwill to the DHB.  We now have a building we can be very proud of.” - Richard Guy, Facilities Overseer, Taranaki District Health Board 

Main Contractor: The Fletcher Construction Company Ltd

Client: Taranaki District Health Board

This brand new Acute Services Building included six operating theatres, procedure suite, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, recovery suite, Sterile Services Department, and six wards providing 172 beds across 11,000m2 of clinical space.

The complex structure is a combination of piled, ground beam and pad foundations with a reinforced concrete and structural steel frame and double-T precast floor systems. The envelope is an engineered unitised façade by Thermosash incorporating terracotta tiles and aluminium planks, plus Bondor sandwich panels to the new Entry Link.

Boulcott Conference Suites - $16M - 2016

Main Contractor: Arrow International (NZ) Ltd

Client:  Rolle Consultancy & Management Ltd, Village Accommodation Group

Located on the busy corner of Boulcott Street and Willis Street and constructed concurrently while three other major projects were underway within 50m of the site, the logistics and coordination with various stakeholders and neighbours provided a challenge during the construction of this building.  The result was a smart and unique 5-star apartment hotel designed and fully furnished with elegance and style.

As Arrow’s Estimator and Commercial Manager, Nigel was responsible for the original pricing of this project, where his specialised apartment construction cost knowledge took effect

in ensuring construction methods and materials were procured to find cost savings and efficiencies.

Xero 2 - $25M - 2017

Main Contractor: Arrow International (NZ) Ltd

Client:  The Wellington Company

Xero 2 is a landmark office building on the busy corner of Wellington’s Taranaki Street and Wakefield Street.  The construction was a complex combination of seismic strengthening, retention of the existing 2 storey heritage façade, gutting of the interior and an additional 3 floors with a modern stamisol façade.  The result was a 5-storey office building housing 600 staff for one of NZ’s proudest and most known companies – Xero.

As General Manager and Commercial Manager for Arrow’s Wellington business, Chris and Nigel were instrumental in the procurement and delivery of this complex project, which included 

negotiating the interior fitout works package direct with Xero as the building’s new tenant.

Rydges Hotel, Wellington Airport - $40M - 2019

Main Contractor:  Arrow International (NZ) Ltd

Client:  Wellington International Airport Ltd 

The new Rydges Hotel at Wellington Airport is a four-star 134-bed hotel inter-connected with the airport terminal at its northern end – the first of its kind in NZ.  The new hotel building structure is a structural steel building with K bracing in the short direction and moment frames in the long direction.  Clad with Resene Rockcote Integra panels and strip aluminium windows, the building stands out well in the airport landscape.  Level 2 provides a full commercial kitchen and restaurant, as well as a conference centre through the integration with the terminal.

Shortly after taking up the position of General Manager for Arrow’s Wellington business, it was Chris’s strong relationship with Wellington Airport that enabled Arrow to secure the Main Contract for construction of this high-profile project.

DXN Apartments - $40M - 2019

Main Contractor: Arrow International (NZ) Ltd

Client: 111 Dixon Street Ltd

Standing at over 55m tall, the DXN development has created 228 new apartments adding to the new wave of Wellington inner-city living.  Comprised of 114 dual key units, this 20 storey apartment block is split into 3 self-sufficient towers (each fed by its own lift & stairwell) split by two concrete shear walls.  The development was permitted extra height through design excellence, as it provided a laneway between Dixon Street, and courtyards for the ground floor retail on the west, as well as balconies to a number of the units.

“so much innovation, the innovation was staggering” - Kirk Sutton, Site Manager, Arrow International Ltd (now Aoraki Senior Site Manager)

CONTACT

If you have property, development or construction needs, or know someone who does, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Chris Goldsbury

Director & General Manager

chris@aorakiconstruction.co.nz

Tel: 027 675 2862

Nigel Butt

Director & Commercial Manager

nigel@aorakiconstruction.co.nz

Tel: 021 227 6262

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