This was a complex full site build of a large retail centre with office space. It was located on a main arterial road into Lower Hutt city centre and constructed over an 18 month period. The work involved demolition of the existing steel building and construction of a new 13,900 m2 retail complex.
The design comprised one right angle, 9 exterior faces and 21,000 m2 of floor space with a total footprint of 7000m2 covering the whole site.
The work involved excavation of 21,000 m3 with a 10,000 m3 of concrete pour. 5000 m3 of concrete went into the ground floor slab alone. The biggest pour of 1058 m3 took over 12 hours and was the largest on record by Firths Wellington.
The size and complexity of the project required the skills of over 42 different contractors, both local and from overseas, with experts from Australia brought in for the special drainage requirements.
Temporary retaining structures were built to ensure the integrity of the Hutt River Stop Bank during construction. The open atrium had a skylight with two trusses with a clear span of 54m weighing over 18 tonnes.
Special Info / Challenges:
The Harvey Norman project was featured in NZ Trends magazine for its challenging, innovative design and build requirements.
Tony Doile, Managing Director & Project Manager of the Harvey Norman build says:
“Just the location alone , being next to the Hutt river and on the main arterial route in the Hutt City compounded the construction challenges. This was a fantastic opportunity for my company to demonstrate our ability to make it all happen on time and on budget.”