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Landscaping is well under way

“With the work that has been carried out, it can continue to be one of our best venues for another generation.” – M AYO R R A C H E L R E E S E

Interesting angles are a hallmark of the renovated building

the design opportunities. Detail aside, the existing components were in good nick and the Glu-Laminated Timber Arches, as an integral feature of the building, were kept. Providing a full-length hallway integrated the building by linking the two ends. The northern addition is a planar design, sympathetic to the original modernist pavilion, achieving an open, multi-use space. Separating the roof and floor with as much glass as possible allows the public to see what’s going on from the park and Maitai Walkway. A big factor for the architects was to connect that walkway with the southern end of the building. “It’s been a massive step towards developing these valued community assets even further over the next 100 years,” Andrew says. “It is another jewel in the necklace of spaces that connect Nelson and Tahunanui Beach. That it can be easily accessed and used was an important part of the concept. “It has been a challenge, with plenty of frustrations, to develop this area as a community asset for the next 50 years. We are stoked to have had the opportunity to start a process where Rutherford Park will be the asset it deserves to be. It has been a great experience and learning process for us.” 34

Gibbons Construction General Manager Shane Trent says “bringing together the people with the right expertise is paramount in delivering any project, particularly one as complex as the Trafalgar Centre.” Gibbons were invited to the table promptly as part of the ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) process so that their expertise and experience would help to ensure that the structural solutions being developed were the best for the project. Dividing the project into four distinct areas – the main hall structural upgrade, the southern extension structural upgrade, compliance works (bringing the existing facility up to modern standards) and constructing the new northern building – enabled each area to be considered in isolation but to be constructed concurrently or in a carefully programmed sequential manner. “Getting the centre open for the Giants was a major milestone for the community,” says Shane, “and we are proud to have gotten it across the line, albeit just in time – there were a few late nights in the lead-up to the opening game.” One of the biggest challenges for Gibbons was strengthening the building while respecting the existing centre. They were able to install structural bracing to the main arches without having to remove the entire roof and reinforce the other areas. Shane says the project, although challenging, has been very interesting and extremely rewarding for the Gibbons team. “Being part of a dynamic ECI project team has been a real pleasure and highly motivating for all our staff. As members of the community we are proud of what has been achieved. The Giants played a full season and there have been numerous other events held at the centre, all whilst we were working away behind the hoardings. This has given the project a real ‘live’ feeling and underlines for us the importance of this facility to the Nelson community. It’s been great and we are delighted to have been a part of it.” Hans-Peter Froeling, from Opus Project Management, says the team worked really hard to deliver this challenging

Wild Tomato November 2016  

WildTomato is Nelson & Marlborough's magazine. We focus on inspiring journalism, stunning photography and beautiful design. www.wildtomato.c...

Wild Tomato November 2016  

WildTomato is Nelson & Marlborough's magazine. We focus on inspiring journalism, stunning photography and beautiful design. www.wildtomato.c...