North Wharf Development, Auckland Waterfont

With 10 eateries and bars serving up an eclectic mix of international cuisine, craft beers, tapas and all day sun, alongside the action of a working wharf, North Wharf is a priority destination during any visit to Wynyard Quarter.

While a great spot to enjoy a bite to eat or drink, the buildings that house the restaurants and cafes have a great story to tell.

Designed by Architects Fearon Hay the inspiration for the “North Wharf” cluster was the Old Red Shed on North Wharf with its distinctive red doors. The shed was previously an Auckland Harbour Board building dating back to the 1930s. Originally the cargo shed stored goods as they were unloaded from boats moored at North Wharf before being dispatched onto trucks or trains, the tracks which can still been seen on the wharf.

The red doors provided inspiration for the two buildings established either side, forming the “North Wharf” cluster. ATS Timber’s Kakapo Clears were custom machined to a TGV profile to meet architectural specs and required length spreads. Our Timber Consultants worked in conjunction with the contractor and our Approved Reseller to come up with this specialised solution for this high profile project.

The building’s weathered, original timber frame has been retained, as well as the original cladding, which is visible from inside.

Fearon Hay Architects have used pallet timber on part of the exterior walls of the two buildings on either side of the Old Red Shed to reflect the industrial look and enhance the character of the North Wharf working waterfront.

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Churton Park Village Retail Complex

This prime location in Wellington’s fastest growing residential area has been developed in two stages into a modern, state-of-the-art shopping and community village that has become the new heart of the suburb.

The retail complex includes a large New World and a range of small retail stores in fashion, takeaway, health & beauty, cafe’s, marketing and a community centre. The village features five distinct buildings across the 1.4 hectare site with a spectacular supermarket, 15 shops, a community centre and various second level office facilities.

The ground level also accommodates bulk storage, an entry court, extensive new roading, car parking and landscaping. The village provides a commercial heart for Churton Park and complements the high standard of homes in the area.The first building was the 2500m2 New World Supermarket followed by two further buildings (A&B) providing a 1500m2 retail village.

ATS Timber was a key supplier to the exposed timber work that was used extensively on the exterior design of the complex. All finished in bandsawn four face with exposed rafters, feature posts, fascias and battens. Our of H3.2 KD Radiata Pine, this project was custom manufactured to specific sizes and lengths to meet this architectural design. Our timber consultants worked closely with the Approved Reseller and construction contractors, Armstrong Downes to meet the specific design requirements over the two stages of development.

Designed by Wellington based firm Architecture HDT they summarise this new development:

“Sitting on the prominent corner of Westchester Drive and Lakewood Avenue the newly constructed Churton Park Village provides a much needed retail and community hub to the suburb of Churton Park. Already occupied by a wide mix of tenancies including a New World supermarket, pharmacy, offices, vet, hairdresser, and takeaway restaurant, the shopping centre is arranged as a cluster of buildings around a landscaped carpark. Building forms and materials are familiar and composed in a way that provides visual interest, variety of spaces and individual identity for tenancies. The sloping topography has been used to mitigate the bulk of the larger building blocks and provide a human suburban scale to the development.”

View more at http://architecturehdt.co.nz/churton-park-village/