Project Brief & Design
We were approached by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to deliver emergency housing in flood-hit Edgecumbe and quake-damaged Kaikoura. The buildings needed to live up to potential harsh New Zealand conditions and be durable enough to house residents in need. Affordability, but not at the expense of longevity and durability, was mandatory.
Based on the key requirement that these could be moved where needed, the design acknowledged overall size that could easily and cost effectively be moved as frequently or infrequently as required.
Materials were used that meant minimum maintenance and durability as again the lifecycle and destination of these buildings is unknown.
Offsite manufacture of multiple builds saw these buildings compete within 5 weeks.
Functionality and optimization of space in a small area was critical to ensure that a workable living space was achievable. All domestic appliances were installed so that a residents could operate independently as soon as they were residing in these buildings.
Social and community outcomes are addressed as this project delivered to a need not a want. In times of adversity people needed a warm and safe environment to rest and recoup after tragedy. This could also be short term or long term, and delivered quickly.
Time wise the development has key timing milestones to achieve and transportable buildings have offered an affordable quick solution to ensure the golf course could operate while longer term plans were set in place.
Being situated in coastal sand dunes, it was imperative that all building and site work was conscious of the environmental impact. Screw pull foundations were used, which can literally be reversed out and buildings relocated with minimal impact on the land.
The golf course provides significant employment opportunity to the local community, both locals and internationals, and therefore design layout of the site needed to encourage social interaction whilst also giving independence and space to staff if required. Smaller buildings were favoured and grouped together to facilitate community but give staff their individual space.
The design of the whole golf course is paramount, and to that end we needed to supply a range of exterior finishes to fit in with their design parameters. Cladding supplied ranged from custom burnt weather board, cedar and black shadowclad.
The golf course infrastructure is in full development with multiple building projects including prestigious personal residences being built on-site.
Multiple builds of consistent layout ensured speed of construction in our factory. The site was prepared before delivery meaning on-site disruption was condensed which is favourable for an operating sporting facility.
This development was put in place to accommodate road workers employed on the Northern Motorway expansion north of the Puhoi bridge, near Warkworth. Our design brief was to accommodate road workers as soon as possible, but to future proof the design so that when the road contract was complete, the buildings could sold off to be used for a wide range of purposes including commercial office space, private residential and rental uses, to minimise risk.
Our business model is to manufacture off-site, enabling innovation in construction. We have a streamlined production process, all these buildings were built in unison and completed within 12 weeks of start date. Due to uniform specifications and multiple builds parameters within our control, we were able to deliver on time, on budget.