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

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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.