Type

Refurbishment and New Build

Location

Orewa, Auckland

Value

$4M (circa)

Started

Feb, 2018

Completed

Mar, 2019

This redevelopment project was underpinned by rapidly growing parishioner numbers and increased demand for a local community space. The tight delivery timeframe was achieved through Brosnan’s ability to offer solutions that would fast track progress without impacting the client’s budget.

The project involved refurbishing the existing church, upgrading services (lighting, security, fire, communication and Data, MATV and AV), a large extension, the creation of two additional buildings as well as a new car park and play area.

As works progressed the team were met with several unanticipated design challenges, particularly in joining the new building with the existing structure; putting pressure on both budget and timeframe. Due to the strict delivery schedule, the team’s ability to promptly respond with alternative solutions and consistently communicate budget estimates/forecasts was critical.

During passive fire upgrades it was discovered that the walls of the existing building were well below standard and needed to be brought up to code before works could progress.

It was also discovered that the subgrades, consisting of mainly of sand, required stabilizing using geo mats and upgrades of the subbase metal.

The data, sound and lighting system upgrades presented further challenges with complex requirements outside of the usual scope.

The end result has delivered a commercial grade kitchen, an auditorium expansion to cater for nearly 400 people, a 120-seat café, expanded space for the Foodbank and Toy Library and a 96-space car park to this highly valued community space.

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