Client: Paul Brown Architects

Architect: Paul Brown Architects

Project Budget: $1.2 million

Project Year: 2015

Size: 1200 sqm

Project Length: 6 months

Category: Commercial, Fit-out, Office space

Location: Auckland

Project Services: Extension, Fit-out, Project Management, Renovation, Strenghtening

Spring Street

Postmodernist facelift and structural strengthening in Freemans Bay

In the heart of Freemans Bay in Auckland, a tired concrete block building was well overdue for a transformation to bring it into the 21st century.

 

Paul Brown Architects engaged Cook Brothers Construction for the refurbishment and extension of this three-storey commercial premises to modernise it, and to expand on the usable office space inside.

 

Client: Paul Brown Architects

Architect: Paul Brown Architects

Project Budget: $1.2 million

Project Year: 2015

Size: 1200 sqm

Project Length: 6 months

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Spring Street

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We appreciate all the hardwork Cook Brothers Construction have put in to get what was a challenging project to a successful completion. It has ended up as a great result for us.

– Paul Brown, Owner at Paul Brown Architects

Facelift and structural tone up

The original block façade was replaced with new colour steel, glazing and speed wall panelling to give the building a sleek, modern look. Another floor and mezzanine were added, and structural strengthening was undertaken to ensure the building’s longevity. This involved shotcrete application to the existing block walls in the basement and the introduction of K-bracing to the first level.

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Construction during office hours

Project management required taking into account that the tenants would be occupying and operating their businesses within the building during the construction works. Measures to offset the impact of ongoing construction on the tenants were put in place during the construction planning phase and monitored throughout the build.

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Dealing with traffic and limited storage space

With the site located in the narrow streets of Freemans Bay, there were challenges around access to and the ability to store materials on site. Therefore, the management of deliveries and sub-trades was a constant priority. Deliveries were completed out of business hours to minimise the potential for disruption to traffic and pedestrians during the day.

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Cost vs Design

As main contractor, Cook Brothers Construction assisted with effective cost engineering to achieve the architect’s vision while working to budget. Because the client was also the architect on this project, we knew how important it was that the budget and the design were both adhered to, and that the harmony between the two elements would lead to a successful outcome and a happy client.

For example, the building cladding was changed to an equal-looking but more cost effective alternative. Cook Brothers Construction presented the client with samples and relative costs of the alternative materials, including spec info and warranties, in order for the best decision to be made.

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Cook Brothers Construction presented the client with samples and relative costs of the alternative materials, including spec info and warranties, in order for the best decision to be made.