Christmas shutdown 2011-2012

The team at ATS Timber Ltd will close for trading on the 22nd December 2011 and re-open for business on the 9th January 2012. We appreciate your support over the past year and look forward to further growth in 2012. Read more

Khadallah Town Hall Refurbishment

This complex, demanding, modernisation and alteration project in an elite Wellington suburb was undertaken by Waikanae based construction firm, Redican Allwood. Re-opening in August 2011

Commissioned in 1912 by Onslow Borough Council and designed by noted early NZ architect Frederick de Jersey Clere, the Khandallah Town Hall had suffered from a series of unflattering alterations and a decline in use over the years. Architecture HDT were engaged by WCC to restore the building and upgrade the facilities within to allow flexible and multiple uses for the present and future community.

Archive drawings and photographs, as well as a thorough investigation of the existing building, were used to document the façade restoration. Development on either side of the existing façade is deliberately kept to single storey in height, and set back from the front façade in order that the grandeur of the existing building façade is retained.

The restoration of the original deck and balcony structure gives the building a grand street presence, and provides a focal point for the street and wider community. The replacement of the original top lights and reglazing of the entrance doors improves the natural light in the lobby. More importantly, this opening up of the façade at ground floor draws people into a welcoming and spacious lobby. New steps and a disabled ramp at the ground floor level significantly improve the access and relationship to the street.

The interior layout was reconfigured to allow flexible and concurrent use by different user groups. The facility was also upgraded to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code with respects to access and facilities for the disabled and fire egress. An additional entrance is provided on the western side of the front façade to provide an alternative circulation route to the currently underused stage space at the rear of the building.

The upgrade was initiated by the Khandallah Community Forum and Onslow-Western Ward Councillor John Morrison, who has been a long-time advocate of the project.

The Council contributed $1.07 million and the rest of the funds were raised by the Khandallah Community Forum and the Khandallah Cornerstone Resource Centre Trust.

The major upgrade and extensions will enable the building to meet the current and future needs of the community and remain the heart of Khandallah Village for another 100 years.

The facade has been restored to its original design while the interior has been transformed into a multi-use facility that makes better use of space without compromising the main hall.

ATS Timber products were used extensively throughout this project both on the exterior and interior – mainly from the Kakapo Clears range. This was a demanding project that involved matching to mouldings that were run over 100 years ago though new Weka No.1 and Weka SG8 products on an exterior deck with a band sawn timber batten as a decorative base board. Sucessful collaboration of our Timber Consultants with Redican Allwood and our Approved Reseller resulted in a beautiful finished job.


Response to changes in NZS 3604:2011

It is thought timely to inform our customers of the impacts of the changes this standard will have on our product range going forward. Over the ensuing months you will see our website and material updated bringing our product range into line with this new standard. Read more

Point Howard Pedestrian Bridge

This beautiful structure across a steep gully, connecting a home to the road in one of Wellington’s secluded suburbs on the east coast of the harbour.

This is a luxury entry to a get-a-away near the city that’s prior access was on a step path that zigzagged  down and up a bushy gully to the home.

Our Timber Consultants worked extensively with our local Approved Reseller and the contractor to come up with solutions for this one-of-a-kind elegant curved bridge.

Spanning approx 40m and constructed using a range of ATS Timber products, including Weka SG8 for the cross-members on the round poles and Kakapo Clears products for the hand rail and balustrades, this bridge is a stunning structure tucked away in Point Howard, Wellington.

Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

Named the third best rugby stadium on earth by New Zealand Rugby World magazine in (May 2009), Yarrow Stadium is an international-standard sports, entertainment and conference facility featuring sports fields, grandstand seating and function rooms, all just minutes away from the CBD.

An extensive upgrade in 2010 raised the stadiums capacity to 25,500. Part of this upgrade involved installed leaners on the edge of a terraced section of the stadium. ATS Timber was enlisted to provide a custom solution for the leaner. It had to be supplied to SG8 structural grade due to the weight being placed on it, with the public leaning against it and with an arris on the edge where the public lean on it.

This is outside the normal verification range which is all rough sawn or planer gauged. We worked with our verification agency Grade Right and custom manufactured the product an then individually tested each piece to data provided by Grade Right which meant we could provide the custom profiled product as verified SG8 wet.

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