Customer: Eke Panuku
Contract: Design & construct
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Eke Panuku awarded the contract to fabricate and install an additional 127m of balustrade and concrete remedial work along the eastern wharf of Ūrunga Plaza in the Auckland Viaduct thanks to our excellent track record. The client was impressed with our work on the Te Wānanga Downtown Public Space Balustrades and the work we did to minimise disruption while completing 63m of balustrades outside the Hyatt Hotel.
The project was positioned in one of the busiest high-visibility areas downtown so the team knew that robust health and safety was crucial. Barriers and signage ensured the work area, and the public spaces were clearly demarcated so there were no accidental interactions.
Access to the face of the capping beam to install the balustrade was another key challenge the team overcame. By using a Hiab to suspend a man cage over the edge they were able to provide safe access to drill and mount the balustrade.
Maintaining the public’s positive public perception of the project was also key, so extra care was taken to liaise with hotel staff. The team made sure stakeholders around the project knew what was going on so they could in turn advise guests or customers.
One of the key challenges of the project was working through the initial constructability issues. The team worked closely with the designer BECA to adapt the design, so a side mount option was used to ensure it satisfied the architectural requirements and was affordable to build.
The uniform installation and placement of the balustrade panels achieved the aesthetic effect the designers had envisioned. Thanks to the care and attention the team paid to the angles and the straightness of the uprights, which can be compromised by welding heat input and galvanising process, each panel fit together perfectly.
The team began work on the Ūrunga Plaza project in November 2021 2020 and was completed in October 2022.