Prime Panels Manufacturing
15 Kerwyn Ave, East Tamaki
Kerwyn Property Trust
Woodhams Meikle Zhan
Mechanical / Electrical / Data /
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Built for Kerwyn Property Trust, and tenanted by three subsidiaries of New Zealand Panels Group, this East Tamaki facility consists of two warehouses, one of 10,000m2, the other of 2,500m2, on a 20,000m2 industrial site. The larger of the buildings incorporates a two-storey office block, while the smaller warehouse has a single-level office block attached to it.
For NZ Prime Panels, the $18 million development represented an opportunity to consolidate its local operations, with three of its companies – Prime Panels, Dezignatek and Impey’s – sharing the new location.
With so many parties keen to have input, excellent communication was essential. Haydn & Rollett had one point of contact with the tenants throughout the project to help co-ordinate things and make sure everyone got what they wanted.
The contractor got started with an early works package in November 2015. Apart from a brief delay due to unexpected ground conditions, the only significant complication was a late design change around fire requirements, which led to some additional precast work and a tweaking of the programme. Additionally, in the case of the larger building, the tenants began fitout before construction was completed.
Integrated fitouts can be tricky, with plenty of potential for people to tread on each other’s toes. This one, however, proceeded without any great drama, thanks in large part to good organisation and clear communication between Haydn & Rollett and its client.