The former AA building in Hamilton has been transformed into the new headquarters for Urban Homes.
Foster Construction worked with Urban Homes and Edwards White Architects to deliver this state-of-the-art building. Built over four storeys, the building accommodates a cafe at ground level and office space in the levels above, housing up to 100 employees.
Construction took place around existing workfaces, the roof was replaced and structural steel was added for seismic bracing purposes. The original steel and glass window system was removed and a new glass sructural façade was added to the building.
“As builders, we know things don’t always happen as planned. Foster’s take ownership of issues and resolve them.”
Urban Homes have a new headquarters on the corner of London and Anglesea Streets. CEO Daniel Klinkenberg says the main objective was “to create a space our team would love to work in.”
Mission accomplished. In the short space of 13 months the former AA building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art office space with the help of Edwards White Architects and Foster Construction.
Daniel says they chose Fosters for the job because they were well aligned with the Urban Homes values: taking ownership of a build, communicating well, and delivering quality.
“It was important for us to have certainty in whoever managed this project” Daniel explains. “Logistically, it was a challenging build, and we were heavily reliant on the principal contractor.
“Foster’s knowledge of key components and methodology was clear from the outset. Based on their input during the initial design concept, we were confident the project was in good hands.”
The tight project timeframe was further exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdown. Daniel notes that Foster took this and every challenge in their stride. “As builders, we know things don’t always happen as planned. Foster’s take ownership of issues and resolve them. They have a great team I thoroughly enjoyed working with.
“Foster operates with the highest level of integrity. They delivered to a deadline that I thought they’d never make. And the end product is fantastic.”