The Tannery, Woolston, Christchurch

The Tannery is a boutique shopping emporium on the banks of the Heathcote River in Woolston, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The old industrial precinct is now home to an eclectic group of artisans in their own rights: a hub of creativity and hospitality, retail and craft.

Founder Alasdair Cassels purchased the historic Tannery, next to the Heathcote River, in the 1994 looking for an opportunity to develop it to reflect the significance of the location and preserve and promote the history of the place Maori lived and the English settlers navigated in the 1840s.

With the 2010 earthquake and a relaxation of planning issues the opportunity emerged and The Tannery was born. Starting with The Brewery and a commitment to craft and quality, Cassels & Sons Beer was born. The entire building was wrecked in February 2011, but Alasdair, Zak and Joe and families committed to rebuild and create The Tannery we see now.

Now The Tannery is a destination discovered by locals and tourists with 57 retailers and over 65 resident businesses. High and casual fashion, books, quality arts and crafts, gifts and homewares, personal services and fine dining all operate successfully in the bustling space nestled beside the Port Hills.

ATS Timber Consultants worked with one of our Christchurch based Approved Reseller and supplied 1000’s of metres of a custom run TGV sarking product out of Douglas Fir with a special band sawn face.

See more http://thetannery.co.nz/

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Christmas Hours 2013/2014

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the Approved Resellers and their customers for the excellent support over the past year.

We will be closing for business on Friday the 20th of December 2013 and reopening on the 6th of January 2014. Read more

Speights Ale House Blenheim

This project is sited on the main road of Springlands, Blenheim and is a custom designed commercial building that is home to the Speight’s Ale House. Designed to offer maximum flexibility and provide a variety of separate outdoor seating, the project was completed in September this year.

This $750,000+ build incorporated a large about of specialised timber products supplied by ATS Timber. Traditional, rustic design includes are large amount of exposed timber products and schist stone, it matches in well with the network of Speight’s Ale Houses throughout the country.

All timber we supplied was custom manufactured with a band sawn face to meet the rustic look required. Outside bandsawn Macrocarpa No.1 posts and exposed dummy rafters. Inside their is stained exposed beams out of Kingfisher SG8 and wide facings out of Kakapo Clears  – all band sawn again.

Our Timber Consultants worked in closely with  a local Approved Reseller to come up with the unique solutions call for in the design specification. What a stunning result!

See more http://www.arthousearchitecture.co.nz/projects/commercial/speights-ale-house-blenheim

http://alehouseblenheim.co.nz/photos/gallery/speights-ale-house-gallery/

Hyde Bridge Restoration

One of the oldest bridges in the wider Dunedin area, and the main link between Hyde and Macraes, the Hyde Bridge has undergone extensive repair work.

The $407,000 project, including the replacement of the bridge’s deck while the contractors are there was a 3 month project and undertaken by Alexandra based Breen Construction.

Our Timber Consultants worked closely with the civil engineer, Breen Construction and our local Approved Reseller to come up with a unique solution to a difficult project. Trusted Weka SG8 timber was used to baulks as the picture shows – laid on edge and bolted together, to achieve maximum strength and stiffness for this vehicle bridge.

The bridge over the Taieri River on the Hyde-Macraes Road was built in 1879. The bridge was constructed as the result of community agitation; the Taieri River could be dangerous in flood, and the upper Taieri area was isolated. The bridge provided safe crossing and a stable connection with the outside communities. The bridge is a testament to the design and work of the County Engineer Robert Browne. The bridge has an iron lattice truss for the main span and short timber arch trusses at either end. The piers and abutments are stone. It was adapted to the site by the addition of a 30 ft (9.1m) span at each end, to give a total length of 160ft (48.7m). The deck is 30 ft (9.1m) above water level, and it has a load limit of 609 tonnes. The bridge remains a notable landmark on the Strath Taieri.

See more http://www.heritage.org.nz/the-list/details/2251

Clifden Suspension Bridge Restoration

The Clifden Suspension bridge spans 111.5 metres over the Waiau River, and is the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand.

Settlers depended on a ferry to get stock and supplies across this dangerous river. By the early 1890s the Government funded a punt attached to a wire rope until the bridge was built in 1898-99 taking ten months to complete. It was opened on 5 April 1899 by Sir Joseph Ward.

Southland County Engineer C H Howorth designed the bridge anchoring the cables into limestone deposits. The tapering towers are 7.5 metres high, the steel cables weigh 28 tonnes and the decking and beams are made from heart totara. The bridge is 3.5 metres wide, and acted as a single lane bridge for horse-drawn traffic although traction engines were soon towing lime and wool over it. Trucks and cars traversed it from the 1920s and it remained in use until 1978 when the current bridge was opened downstream.

This is a category 1 Historic Place – New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Extensive repair work was undertaken and it was reopened in November 2013 after being closed in 2010 due to its deterioration. The work undertaken by Fulton Hogan and managed by OPUS International on behalf of NZHPT included replacement of bridge bearers, transoms and decking. Maintenance of the suspension ropes, and replacement of bolts and steel bridge bracing was also undertaken. The total cost of the project was $470,000 and was supported through donations from people throughout New Zealand.

ATS Timber was chosen as the preferred timber supplier to this iconic project in conjunction with one of our Approved Resellers in Invercargill and the contractor Fulton Hogan. We also collaborated with engineers to come up with a viable solution to the unique requirements. Trusted Weka SG8 H5 timber products were supplied to replace the deck timbers, transoms, stringers and handrails to bring the icon back to its former .

 

Huia St, Waikanae, Kapiti

Nestled into the steep slopes on the edge of Hemi Matenga Memorial Park with a commanding view over Kapiti Island, this dwelling is and exceptional residence.

Very tastefully designed for a successful local businessman, this showcases some beautiful timber applications. Built in a chalet-style with interconnected units with exposed ceilings and decorative trusses this is an architectural and construction masterpiece.

White washed solid timber Macrocarpa trusses in the main open-plan living and kitchen area are accompanied by a whitewashed finished ex 150 x 25 TGV sarking. This same sarking product has been used tastefully on the exterior soffit’s and looks great in the outdoor easting area nestled between the living area’s wing and the sleeping quarters that overlooks a infinity pool and beyond to breathtaking views of the Kapiti Coast.

On the coastal side of the house a wide apron borders it with architecturally designed pergola’s using the same whitewash finish that the interior feature timber used.

 

New Copper Quat (CQ) Treatment for Kingfisher SG8™ H3.2 Range

This innovative new treatment we have chosen to add to our Kingfisher SG8™ range which means it can be now used in exterior applications. Key features and benefits of this new treatment is:

  • Complies with NZS3640 and AS1604
  • Third party treatment accreditation
  • Chrome and Arsenic Free
  • Waterborne preservatives
  • Patented Penetration Technology
  • Ref NZS3604:2011 Section 4 Durability. Provides a means of compliance with clause B2 of the NZ Building Code for relevant fixing and fastenings.
  • IMPORTANT: Stainless Steel fixings/fasteners must be used with Kingfisher SG8™ products.

Model Home 2013 by Michael Lin and Atelier Bow-Wow with Andrew Barrie

Architectural drawings of a small workers shack that featured in an exhibition in Shanghai, China, have been enlarged and used to create a full-scale replica in Auckland. This clever structure was recreated using products that were inexpensive and could almost all be recycled after the exhibition.

Kakapo Clears products were used extensively in the construction which was built by university students who prefabricated the timber frames so they could be quickly assembled.

Every aspect of the design and construction sought to minimize costs and test the limits of readily available materials. The construction drawings for the Shanghai building were refined and amplified by Barrie’s team.

The structure was built by a group of architecture students who prefabricated timber frames that could quickly be assembled in the gallery. The roof structure was built only just strong enough to support its own weight, and was carefully lifted into place by riggers.

See more about this fascinating project
Image copyright: http://bestawards.co.nz/entries/spatial/model-home-2013/

Maungaturoto Wharf

ATS Timber worked in with our local Approved Reseller to be the key supplier of specialised H6 treates Weka SG8 timber for the new wharf in Maungaturoto, Northland. A range of mainly 50mm sizes of H6 was used in the construction and to help fund it the locals came up with an innovative idea where you sponsored a deck plank on the wharf.

As part of the rural communities 150th celebrations a project was initiated called ‘Beautify Maungaturoto. This involved a lot of projects and one of the key stones of this was the construction of a new wharf.

The first European settlers to Maungaturoto came from England, arriving in Auckland in 1863 and coming north via boat to Mangawhai, then via bullock cart to as far as Kaiwaka.

The construction of the wharf paved the way for a re-enactment of this historic landing as one of the main events in the sesquicentennial celebrations.

See video of this project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EqvgpEbsCs 

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Hauraki Rail Trail Bridges – Wins Sustainability Award

Congratualtions to Frame Group on successfully taking out the Sustainability Category of the NZ Timber Design Awards 2012. Trusted Weka SG8™ products were utilised in the innovative designs

The design and construction of 25 bridges ranging from 4m to 75m involving the use of ATS Timber Weka SG8™ Wet Radiata Pine timber has been selected as a finalist for the Sustainability Award in the NZ Wood Timber Design Awards 2012. The Hauraki Rail Trail is part of Nga Haerenga, the NZ Cycle Trail and was opened in May 2012.

A successful supply partnership with a local Approved Reseller who supplied the contractor saw ATS Timber products used extensively in the construction. Timber was chosen by Frame Group as an environmentally sustainable material and was a cost effective alternative to concrete and steel along with many other benefits that met the objectives of Nga Haerenga.

Radiata Pine timber was selected for construction of the many cycleway bridges because of the benefits over traditional steel or concrete options and the fit with the ecological and economic objectives of Nga Haerenga. Traditional bridge styling with modern connection detailing and prefabrication methods produced 25 attractive bridges ranging in length from 4m to 75m.

Short spans consist of pole beams, glue-laminated beams for longer spans, and timber suspension bridges provide the longest spans. Innovative barrier detailing facilitated prefabrication and efficiency of construction.

Radiata Pine timber was chosen because:

– Timber offers a lightweight option ideal for weak soils.
– Timber enabled construction in difficult locations without heavy craneage.
– Costs were significantly less than concrete, steel or hardwood options.
– Timber is aesthetically consistent with the railway theme, providing useful function and interesting form.
– The suspension, glue-laminated and pole bridges use common construction detailing, giving the structures a consistent appearance.
– The bridges were built with basic timber construction equipment and skills, hence small local contractors were involved in the construction.
– NZ-grown timber is an environmentally sustainable material, and its use supported the local industry.
– Timber bridges require minimal maintenance.

This project demonstrates the sustainability benefits and advantages arising from use of timber for recreational infrastructure, rather than more common steel or concrete options, and exemplifies the opportunities and sustainability benefits that arise from the considered use of NZ Radiata Pine. See more at NZ Wood

The Hauraki Rail Trail is the easiest riding Trail in New Zealand, with various stages allowing for comfortable 3 day Rail Trail cycle rides. The trail is in close proximity to Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga and is accessible from Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi/Waikino. The temperate climate on the Coromandel Peninsula and the Hauraki Plains provides a great all-year round riding experience.

The 82km trail is the easiest cycle trail in New Zealand to ride with the longest tunnel 1.1Km and showcases some of the best scenery New Zealand has to offer, from the Pohutukawa trees on the Thames Coast, through lush green Waikato farm lands, to areas rich in pioneering history. A major highlight includes riding through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 wonders of New Zealand”. The trail follows the path of two historic railway lines, running from Thames to Paeroa and Waikino to Te Aroha, while a new path will link Waikino to Waihi.

See more about this amazing trail at http://www.haurakirailtrail.co.nz/

See project featured on Timber Design Mag website http://www.timberdesignmag.com/projects/pine-eco-bridges/