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John Chambers Building

Project Summary

Client: Willis Bond And Co

Project Type: Heritage

Project Timeframe: 2011-2012

Architects: Studio Pacific Architecture

Awards: Excellence in Construction Heritage and Adaptive Reuse, NZ Property Council 2012

Project Description

Constructed in 1918 on reclaimed land, the three-storey John Chambers building was in a dilapidated state when work began early in 2011. The big concrete walls that form its wedge shape and distinctive ‘bull nose’ had never been strengthened.

Drawing on lessons from the Christchurch earthquakes, the building was seismically strengthened to 100 percent of the building code. Innovations included a new concrete seismic frame constructed inside the old building and then connected to it. Another was the use of rock anchors for the re-piling, a now common practice.

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