The new Ebbett Hamilton dealership is a culmination of 3 years of construction which had been in the planning stages on and off over the last 30 years. The 25,000m² site was purchased in 2018 and designed as a one-stop-shop to showcase VW and Holden, along with servicing, sales, parts, paint and panel and a tyre shop.
Both car showrooms provide upmarket customer experiences, featuring large open light-filled spaces, high ceilings and full height glazed façades. External louvres add architectural flair to the exterior and protect the building from thermal gain. The high quality internal finishes feature striking, large laminated timber columns and beams, ceramic floor tiles and polished concrete.
Modern workshop areas feature polished concrete floors and incorporated the latest technology for vehicle maintenance and repairs.
The building also offers corporate facilities and amenities.
“We were confident in their ability to deal with a major build – where things change and don’t always go to plan.”
Ebbett Group Director Walter van den Engel explains that they wanted a building partner who could manage a complex project, ensuring different functional spaces would work together as a customer-focused facility.
“Foster’s values and credentials were the right fit” says Walter. “We were confident in their ability to deal with a major build – where things change and don’t always go to plan.”
Walter speaks from prior experience; Foster having worked on Ebbett Toyota and the refurbishment of Ebbett’s city site in 2002.
Stage 1 saw the construction of the VW dealership and workshop. Suddenly, in February 2020 Holden pulled out of New Zealand and the project had to change to accommodate other brands. Then, in March, the country went into Covid-19 lockdown.
“This was the real test” continues Walter. “Our development was well underway when all this happened. We asked a lot from Fosters and this was where they shone. It was never a case of ‘we can’t do that’, rather it was ‘let’s see how we can make this happen’.
“The project became a moving target – what was the dealership to look like and how would it function with VW, GMSV, Seat, Cupra and Isuzu? Plus, we still needed to accommodate Holden used cars, parts and service.
“Thanks to the trusted relationship we enjoy with both Foster and our architects Chow:Hill, and their interpretation of our needs, the result is fantastic. We’re very happy with our new home.”