Woodridge Estate, Wellington

Woodridge is a new residential suburb located at the northern end of Newlands in Wellington. Homes are built on flat sections, nestled in the Hills between Newlands and Horokiwi. Seemingly a country mile from the hustle and bustle of city life, tucked away in a quiet pocket of Wellington’s northern suburbs, the place that encourages pride of ownership, peace of mind and a sense of belonging.

With gorgeous views, reserve outlooks and flat building sites, it’s little wonder that Woodridge is fast becoming one of Wellington’s most successful new residential neighbourhoods, and all only minutes from Wellington CBD.

An impeccable eye for detail is a  hallmark of the team working on this development that ranges from stylish town houses to architectural homes.

Over recent years ATS Timber has worked in close conjunction with the developers and local Approved Resellers to provide customised timber products to a large number of these homes. A lot of them feature band sawn face weatherboard and fascia’s out of our Kakapo Cladding range that is pre-stained in Resene Woodsman colours and then finished on site. A range of profiles from bevel back to rusticated to shiplap and different colour options are chosen depending on the clients tastes. Custom designed pergola’s and entryway’s commonly incorporate band sawn timber products that serve both a modern an functional purpose.

Development of Woodridge Estate began when the landowning family of Woodridge Farm, the Wrights, began to cut a portion of their farm into lots in the 1980’s. Woodridge is still actively growing under the guiding hand of the Wright family members in the form of Woodridge Developments and Wrightway Homes.

Mr Wright took the ‘wood’ theme from the family farm and named many of the streets in keeping with this theme. Examples are Peppertree Lane, Cedarwood St, Ashwood St, Kentwood Drive, White Pine Ave, and Cabbage Tree Lane.

See more about Woodridge Estate http://www.woodridge.co.nz/new_home_page

Clyde Quay Wharf

Hailed as ‘Wellington’s most sought after residential address.’

This multi-unit residential, office and retail building was a $180m development undertaken by Willis Bond and Co. The recently completed project was at the time one of New Zealand’s largest commercial projects. In comprises of 76 premium apartments on the upper levels, public spaces, art works and hospitality businesses at wharf level. Designed by Athfield Architects, the complex replaces the Overseas Passenger Terminal, built in the 1960s on a wharf that dates from 1910.

The development was the largest private development in New Zealand and was officially reopened on 18 June 2014, by Her Worship the Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, following six years of intense planning and two and a half years of strengthening, conservation and construction.

A project of immense scale, the 250m long building has involved more than 1,000 workers over the past two years, with an additional 300 consultants, designers and experts collaborating on the project off-site. The team engaged cutting-edge construction and design techniques to deliver the international-standard development in its unique position in Wellington Harbour in excess of 100% of the Building Code. The project was constructed by local firm LT McGuiness.

The apartments are the home to the city’s biggest concentration of millionaire’s and the most expensive apartment is believed to have sold for in excess of $10m. Seventy-six apartments ranging in price from $1.3 million to as much as $10m for the largest apartment on the top deck at the northern end of the wharf. Panoramic views of the city and harbour. Under-wharf parking with direct lift access to apartments. A concierge, movie theatre, gym and business centre.

ATS Timber worked in close conjunction with a Wellington based Approved Reseller and contractors to supply over 11,000 lineal metres of a custom run skirting out of our Kakapo Clears Radiata Pine UT range, supplied sanded one face. This product was fitted out throughout most of the project and painted with a high gloss paint.

We also supplied a number of other products involved in the structural side including timber for concrete formwork and other custom timber products to help make this exciting project a reality.

View videos:

http://www.clydequaywharf.co.nz/video/

http://www.storybox.co.nz/2013/clyde-quay/

Sir Charles Flemming, Ryman Healthcare, Waikanae

Ryman Healthcare’s 26th village – Charles Flemming in Waikanae is still in construction at the time of writing this article. This $100m project in Parata St, Waikanae is named after former Nga Manu Nature Reserve trustee and renowned naturalist Charles Flemming.

The 6.9h greenfield site will be a home to over 400 residents upon completion.

The resort-style facilities will include an all-weather bowling green and a village centre with a heated indoor swimming pool and spa, gymnasium, internal atrium, beauty and hairdressing salon, library and internet services, dining room, bar, lounges, shop and even a movie theatre!

Ryman is one of New Zealand’s largest public companies with a market capitalisation of more than $3 billion, 7000 residents, 25 villages and 3500 staff.

Quality Kakapo Clears Radiata Pine products from ATS Timber were once again chosen for use in the unique decorative pergola designs that grade Ryman retirement villages around the country. H3.2 Dry Kakapo Clears in a range of sizes supplied square dressed was beautifully finished on-site with the rafters each with their shaped ends. This timber was chosen for its premium finish (knot-free) and stability being a kiln dried product

All painted white, the timber work on the exterior is a stunning focal point that stands out against the 3 storey brick building and an excellent area for the elderly residents to pass their time away in the sunshine.

Architectural Home, Mangawhai Heads

This beautiful architectural home is situated in a private, gated community in Northland’s, Mangawhai. Featuring two main structures, joined and surrounded on three sides with large decks, with a stunning view to the coastline. The couple were personally involved extensively on not only the design but also the build of the home. A far cry from the cramped urban living the couple were used to in their home town of Wellington.

Wanting an exceptional residence, there was no expenses spared it seems. Recycled Oak from Europe that was 100’s of years old was imported to create an incredible set of doors for the front entryway. The Queenstown style of design with the two detached buildings meant the use of exposed timber was a very important feature.

Exposed ceilings throughout with hand made feature trusses, all painted in white complements the design style very well. Kingfisher SG8 Pine timber was chosen with a custom band sawn face finish on all faces for the structural truss timbers. These protrude out to the sofit edge giving the property a great look from the outside.

Kakapo Clears Radiata Pine TGV was chosen to clad the complete roof structure including internal exposed ceilings and exterior sofits. This sarking was also painted white to achieve a mix of the traditional timber look with light modern finish that makes it have a very roomy feel.

Orlando Country, Marton

Situated in the heart of Rangitikei, near Palmerston North, this wedding and function centre is one-of-a-kind.

With its world class facilities, team building activities and picturesque backdrop Orlando Country Estate is a renowned destination for your next function or corporate event.

A beautiful property with rolling hills, native bush and stunning views from mountain to sea – Orlando Country Estate is ideal for corporate events and retreats. They offer a range of activities, from jet boating and helicopter rides, to golf and clay bird shooting.

Recent developments at the complex involved building a new chapel to facilitate the weddings held there. Owners Gus & Sarah Lourie, worked with their local timber merchant who chose ATS Timber to become involved in the supply. A traditional rustic look with rough sawn face board & batten exterior cladding matches in well to the existing function buildings on the property.

Upon going inside you will be amazed with the beautiful and extensive use of timber on the interior. Band sawn, custom made, exposed trusses grace the open ceiling structure. Walls and ceilings are also clad in ex 150 x 25 Kakapo Dress Grade Radiata Pine boards to achieve a nice knotty character. These boards were custom machined with planed 1 face and 2 edges to ensure a consistent width and thickness that made instillation a lot easier.

To tie it all together, custom made rustic doors and chapel windows are surrounded by wide, chunky, band sawn timbers in a rustic style.

A very tastefully designed and well thought out project that works in perfect harmony with the venue and customers they service.

See more at http://www.orlandocountry.co.nz/

Churton Park Village Retail Complex

This prime location greenfield  in one of Wellington’s fastest growing residential areas 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/ 

http://www.armstrongdownes.co.nz/project/churton-park-new-world-and-retail-village

Model Home 2013 by Michael Lin and Atelier Bow-Wow

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.

The visually weightless structure occupies the main hall of the Auckland Art Gallery, the home’s frame defined by panels of white paper with details of dimensions and materials suggestions printed onto their surface to indicate the possible means of building the house. paper cut outs of people and objects found inside, such as potted plants and hanging clothes, offer an idea of how the space might be occupied.

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.

Michael Lin began the ‘model home project’ in 2006, when he was observing the rapid architectural developments in China, particular in the form of towers, but what he also noted was the bounty of shack-type dwellings around the country, used to house the large community of migrant workers from the countryside. The ‘model home’ is a response this speedy construction. The Rockbund Art Museum presentation of the building has been reconstructed on this occasion in New Zealand using inexpensive materials, and represents the philosophies and working aesthetics of the three creative teams involved; the resulting ‘model home’ standing as a three-dimensional architectural drawing.

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.

Image copyright: http://bestawards.co.nz/entries/spatial/model-home-2013/

See more http://www.dezeen.com/2013/08/29/paper-model-home-2013-by-michael-lin-and-atelier-bow-wow-with-andrew-barrie/

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/atelier-bow-wow-michael-lin-at-the-auckland-triennale/

http://www.archdaily.com/421833/model-home-2013-michael-lin-atelier-bow-wow/

http://aucklandtriennial.com/artists/atelier-bow-wow

The Woolshed Cafe, Marton

Built new to look like an authentic woolshed, the owners off this cafe have done an amazing job. Completed September 2012, The Woolshed replaces an the old homestead that had burnt down that they had operated in. Our Timber Consultants worked in closely with the Palmerston North based Approved Reseller and the builder to come up with a number of unique solutions for this project.

Initially we supplied 190 x 70 Kingfisher SG8 Dry Radiata floor bearers to support the structure. Then there was the custom run ex 150 x 25 Kakapo Cladding in Radiata Clears, bevel back, band sawn face. Large 250 x 250 Weka No.1 posts were used in the entry way and Weka SG8 posts on the handrail and deck construction and Kakapo Clears for the balustrades. Going inside band sawn face Douglas Fir exposed trusses make a feature of the ceiling. Behind these is a custom run sarking product from Kakapo Dress Grade with dressed 1 face, 2 edges to achieve a consistent width and thickness and the seen face left it is natural rough sawn state to give a rustic woolshed look to it.

Themed decor inside and beautiful colour selection give this cafe real character. Different eating areas mean you have a number of options where to dine, including an outside balcony with wool presses for bar leaners!

The Woolshed Cafe is situated on State Highway One, just 1 km south of Sanson and only a short drive from Palmerston North and Feilding.

The Woolshed Cafe offers a relaxing spacious eating experience with friendly service. The different areas in the cafe enable us to cater for groups of different sizes and needs without compromise. So whether you are wanting to get out into the countryside for a relaxing breakfast or lunch, travelling past on your way somewhere else and need a breather or are planning a private function, the Woolshed Cafe is the place to go.

Comments from customers impressed with the building style:

“I love that this Cafe is designed like a Wool Shed…”

“The decor is amazing, the kids loved the woolshed theme and the playground…”

See more http://www.woolshedcafe.co.nz/

North Wharf Development, Auckland

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. This timber was made into doors to replicate the old ones and painted in the distinctive red colour to match. 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 main contractor for this project was Fletcher Construction.

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.

See more info at http://www.northwharf.co.nz/north-wharf/home/

See video tour http://www.northwharf.co.nz/north-wharf/home/north-wharf-video/?redirect=1

Learn more about the Architects Fearon Hay

Photography by Patrick Reynolds

Lake Papaitonga Mansion

This mansion overlooking the Lake Papaitonga Reserve in the Horowhenua has been built over a number of years for a successful local businessman. This one-of-a-kind build has luxuries such as stainless steel garage doors, large wine cellar, tennis court, lap pool, underfloor heating through out, in built home system for heating cooling, sound etc.

ATS Timber supplied a lot of timber for this project. One of the main exterior features is a large pergola that flows down from the main out door eating area, down dozens of steep and joins up with a large gazebo overlooking the beautiful grounds, tennis court and pool.

The timber used was a D4S Kakapo Clears in H3.2 with the main pergola timber being 138 x 19 and then 65 x 19 for the slats on the gazebo top.

Macrocarpa RS 100 x 25 timber was used as a feature ceiling in the wine cellars.