Client: Oakwood Properties

Architect: Chris Prebble Architects

Project Budget: $ 6 million

Project Year: 2014

Size: 1000 sqm

Project Length: 9 months

Category: Commercial, Fit-out, Hospitality

Location: Canterbury

Project Services: New Build, Project Management

The Carlton Corner Development

An iconic rebuild in Christchurch downtown

For over 100 years the heritage-listed Carlton Hotel sat on the corner of Bealey Avenue and Papanui Road in Christchurch City. Unfortunately the 2011 earthquakes didn’t go easy on this historic building and the much-loved Carlton Corner had to be demolished due to being structurally unsound. Cook Brothers Construction built a new and modern building on it’s ruins to carry on the legacy of the famous Cantabrian watering hole.

The new complex now houses the Carlton Hotel over two levels, a Burger King Restaurant, and an International Property Firm in the spacious office overlooking the gateway to Christchurch City. The new architecturally designed complex, with extensive steel structure and concrete foundations is characterised by a diverse use of raw materials. A mix of European Parklex cladding, Black VM Zinc Trays, Modulit Polycarbonate Panels, Glazed Black Brickwork and portions of exposed concrete structure, give the building an imposing and dynamic look.

The Carlton Corner Development project won the 2014 NZCPA and NZIOB awards.

Client: Oakwood Properties

Architect: Chris Prebble Architects

Project Budget: $ 6 million

Project Year: 2014

Size: 1000 sqm

Project Length: 9 months

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The Carlton Corner Development

Carlton Development Corner at night

We wanted to deliver this project with great flare, given the significance of this iconic building.

David Marsh, Executive Director at Oakwood Properties

A very complex build in only 9 months

The Carlton Corner Development was one of the first large-scale redevelopment projects undertaken after the earthquakes. Due to the high demand for commercial space at the time, and the commercial implications associated with it, the timeframe for The Carlton Corner Development was extremely tight.

 

A rebuild for hope

The success of the project wasn’t only an important step towards solving the tenancy issues, it also had a great psychological impact on the city, a city that desperately needed some positive change and a reassurance that things were moving forward and a brighter future was approaching.

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The redevelopment of the iconic Carlton Corner was a major milestone for the Christchurch Rebuild initiative and it marked the beginning of a new era for the city.

A tiny site calls for outstanding logistics

The Carlton Corner Development was a large project on a very tight site on one of Christchurch’s busiest intersections. Clever planning, late night deliveries of materials, great logistics and outstanding project management were paramount to the success of this project and it’s successful completion in the tight timeframe given.

 

Overcoming the geotechnical issues

The project was market by a large amount of geotechnical issues, not only due to the earthquakes but also it’s proximity to the Avon River. Some of these issues were not addressed in the early stages of the design, therefore a last minute change to the design was needed. A large piling system was introduced with no allowance for extension to the programme. With some innovative solutions, extensive planning, and very good use of our Last Planner System, Cook Brothers Construction successfully delivered the project on time and exceeded the client’s expectations.

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The modern and multi-functional building, with extensive steel structure and concrete foundations is built to 130% of new seismic building standards.