Pekatahi Bridge

A complete overhaul on the deck of the Pekatahi Bridge started with closure from February – June 2017. The existing road and rail shared deck was removed and replaced with a wider, solid timber structure. The bridge is heavily relied on by local community and heavy transport as the shortest access route through the Eastern Bay.

Trusted supply of our Weka SG8 and Weka No.1 Wet range was used for this complete project, incorporating 500+ m3 of custom sizes and cut-to-length requests. ATS Timber worked closely with BECA in preliminary designs before commencement. Once underway the project was closely monitored through the main contractor, Downer, along with one of our Approved Resellers from Tauranga, to bring this to completion.

Dave Burns, Project Manager worked with us throughout this project and after completion he made the following comments to ATS.

I worked with the ATS Timber during the construction of the Pekatahi Bridge near Whakatane. I found the team to be very knowledgeable, professional and able to help problem solve when issues arose during the project.

The majority of the timber supplied  was of custom sizes and lengths, which was supplied on time, but sometimes when requested by us not in the agreed delivery sequence.

We had great lines of communication which were open and honest, we knew how the supply was progressing and when we were to receive the materials on site.

The ATS timber team were solutions focused which helped us produce a quality product which was completed ahead of time.

On the opening day 16th June 2017, NZTA made the following release.

Bay of Plenty Highways Manager, Niclas Johansson, says the Transport Agency would like to thank the community for their patience while work continued on Pekatahi Bridge.

“We would like to say a big thank you to the community for sticking with us while this important decking project was completed. We are aware of some of the effects it had on peoples’ lives but we are now pleased to announce it is open.”

ATS Timber is very glad to achieve this outcome along with the other teams involved, with the new bridge giving better access to Taneatua and another project we were part of – the Tuhoe Building.

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…”

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Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Wellington Waterfront

Wharewaka is the signature building for Wellington’s waterfront. It contains a gallary/exhibition space, cafe and function centre and storage for ceremonial waka.

The award-winning Wharewaka restores a Maori presence to the Wellington waterfront that has been missing since the 1880s when the site was the harbour edge of Te Aro Pa, one of Wellington’s largest Maori communities.

The Wharewaka, or canoe house, symbolises the waka form. It is a purpose-built function centre with a café, work spaces and function rooms. A distinctive aspect is the korowai or cloak, an outer layer that covers the body of the building and drapes down its sides.

Two ceremonial waka taua, which will be on permanent display on the lower ground floor, can be launched directly into the harbour. The building also house’s six-person waka ama or outrigger canoes.

The Wharewaka was given the name ‘Te Raukura’ when it opened on Waitangi Day 2011. It is a striking addition to a popular waterfront precinct.

Built by local construction firm LT McGuiness the $12.5m building has won mulitple awards including the Wellington Civic Trust Award, Property Council Merit Award and a NZIA award.

Our Timber Consultants worked in closely with one of our local Approved Resellers at the start of this project to supply custom manufactured H6 timber for the repair work needed for the wharf below this architectural masterpiece. A hidden but very important part of the project.

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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.

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Point Howard Residential Access 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.