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.
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.”
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.
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.
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