Badly damaged during the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, the Sumner Volunteer Fire Station desperately needed an upgrade. The experienced Cook Brothers Canterbury team were engaged by Fire and Emergency NZ to deliver the modern IL4 standard station, one of the last rebuilds, as part of a $78 million redevelopment of stations in greater Christchurch.
After demolishing the original station, the land was remediated to allow the construction of the new purpose-built station. The new facility houses a fire truck and 4WD support vehicle, a hard stand to take the weight of a fire truck, decontamination facilities, a dedicated locker room, workshop areas, laundry, and office and storage spaces.
Working on the tight site required thorough planning and leadership from the Cook Brothers Team to ensure smooth communication between Trade Partners. Coordination was essential with elements such as the hardstand slab pours posing potential challenges around access to the building for other Trades. Innovations around procurement were engaged, such as using LMA timber as a cladding instead of Cedar, which was in short supply, allowed the project to be delivered on time and within budget.
The last two rebuilds as part of FENZ's redevelopment programme are currently underway by our Canterbury team for volunteer stations in Kaiapoi and Kaikoura. Well done to everyone involved with another successful delivery for our valued client Fire and Emergency NZ.