In 2003 we have been able to consolidate on the base established at our Cherrywood offices three years ago and grow to the maximum possible within the constraints of the building. The New Year will see us extending the building to ease the pressure and enable further growth. Our new staff and the improved technology resources continue to improve the service we can provide to our many clients at this time when the whole design and construction industry is under extreme pressure with the boom the country is currently experiencing.
With a record number of projects being worked on over the year we can not mention them all but they have ranged from small tents and sunshades up to Tauranga’s latest high-rise, the fifteen storey Kingsview Resort Apartments. Work has started on site on this project with the excavation and sheet piling for the basement well advanced.
Meanwhile the Hotel on Devonport part of the Devonport Towers Apartments development is now open for business and the first apartments will be occupied shortly. This building has certainly changed the skyline of downtown Tauranga and is a real credit to the determination and dedication that Paul & Debbie Bowker and their team have put into this project.
This year has seen a continuation of the retirement resorts development work for the Sanderson Group at both The Avenues Resort in Tauranga and Cascades in Hamilton.
The structural design of the new block of large conference facilities and extra guest rooms for the Rydges Rotorua Hotel was completed during the year. Also in the hospitality industry was work on some of burgeoning number of café/bars including Mt Mellick, World’s End Sports Café at Fraser Cove and “Usual Suspects” on The Strand.
And while on The Strand, we were able to assist the Transurban Consortium with their work on Stage 1 of the Tauranga Waterfront CBD Development. The canopies and new lampposts we engineered are part of the transformation of that part of the city.
We have also been working on two large retail developments for Bob “The Builder” Clarkson and have the new 6,500 m2 Events Centre at the BayPark Stadium in our sights for next year.
There have been a number of apartment blocks at the Mount and also in Tauranga, as well as a range of retail, commercial and industrial projects in the Bay.
Our specialty in Kiwifruit post harvest facilities has us working on extensions for both EastPack and Satara on sites from Opotiki to Whangarei as well as some other smaller coolstores.
And on the coldstorage side there has been the new dairy products coldstores at Real Cool Ltd at Mt Maunganui.
Our specialist design expertise in light steel framing for buildings ranging from residential housing up to large portal framed sheds has resulted in a steady stream of projects throughout the country. We now have Michael Manning in Auckland handling the site inspections of the steel framed houses for Newport Homes. And BonPacific are starting to generate a number of steel framed projects in China and Vietnam.
And Fenns Design is providing a number of substantial timber framed projects in Korea.
Our expertise with autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) blocks and panels is still resulting in work on a number of housing projects utilising this product which has insulating properties as well as being solid masonry. The new 50mm Celcrete panel is creating a lot of interest in these times of shortage of brick & block laying resources.