64 Gargan Road in Tauriko was a design and build project, with Fosters engaged at the design stage and managing the project through to consent.
With a focus on efficient construction, the 2,600sqm workshop and office structure comprised strip foundations, precast panels, and structural steel portals, with the concrete slab poured into the precast panels once props were removed.
About the project
External window and doors were fitted front of building with large roller doors for bulk access.
Exterior walls were a combination of precast panels to the North, South and East elevations, and timber framing with a combination of corrugated and aluminum NuWall cladding. The midfloor featured timber framed internal walls with hyjoist framing.
A gib ceiling completed the ground floor offices, while first floor offices had a tile suspended ceiling. Floor coverings were a combination of vinyl and carpet tiles.
The project included a new 1,796sqm asphalt carpark and yard slab with some minor landscaped areas to the front the building. Chain link, blockwork, and spear top fencing enclosed the property.
Les and Jana Dobson owned 4,400m² of industrial land they were keen to develop and began looking into options in 2020.
Identifying a demand for industrial warehouses, with the help of property development consultant Craig McQuoid and BCD Group, they created a plan to develop four units on the Tauriko land and put it out to tender.
Les said he, Jana and Craig chose Fosters because of their excellent reputation and competitive pricing.
“We also liked their focus on sustainability,” he said.
After adding efficiency tweaks to the project, Fosters began work on constructing 2600m² of workshop and office space and a 1796m² car parking area, in August 2021.
Some of the wettest weather on record and Covid combined to create significant impacts, as structural steel manufacturing and painting delays and labour shortages pushed civil works into the winter months.
However, Fosters easily accommodated these challenges, Les said, and delivered the project very close to budget in August 2022.
“They did well to try and control things,” he said. “We had site meetings every two weeks and were kept well informed. I’d have to say their greatest strength would be communication and the way they kept us updated regularly on what was happening. There were no surprises.”
He and Jana were delighted with the way Fosters were able to bring their experience, expertise, innovation and input to streamline the entire process and make the project a resounding success.
Les said they would certainly work with Fosters again: “They were great, and the quality of the build exceeded our expectations.”
“I’d have to say their (Fosters) greatest strength would be communication… They were great, and the quality of the build exceeded our expectations.”
Les Dobson, Property Developer