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Resource Consent granted for Business Development

20 February 2012

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An expired corner dairy gets demolished for a business development that includes ground floor convenience stores and an apartment with panoramic views of the inner Waitemata Harbour.

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North Shore Apartments Under Construction

16 March 2012

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Weather board profile exterior cladding and monolithic panelling compliment an apartment development in Glenfield for Kiwi Builders Limited. The three storey apartments with north facing decks and internal access to covered parking will be a welcome relief for those struggling to find rental accommodation on the shore.

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Resource Consent Lodged for New Apartments

2nd August 2012

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An established Dental Premises in Birkenhead’s Highbury Business zone is to have additions and alterations to provide three apartments with spacious layouts and high stud ceilings. The Apartments will have feature windows that provide outlook through mature Pohutukawa trees to the Waitemata harbour. Careful design has ensured that the existing transitional villa style architecture remains a dominant feature for the road frontage property on one of the north shore’s oldest street’s.

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Historic New Regent Street, Christchurch

6th September 2012

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One of Christchurch's most picturesque streets could reopen by Christmas in a $5 million restoration and repair project.
New Regent St, in the central-city red zone, is one of the few heritage sites to have emerged from the Canterbury earthquakes relatively unscathed. New Regent St was completed in 1931 and was one of few big construction projects in the South Island during the Depression. The distinctive Spanish Mission architectural style is unique on such a scale in New Zealand. Earthquake damage in the street includes cracked and fallen plaster ceilings, shattered windows, broken bricks in the ground-floor facades, warped floors at ground level and a small sinkhole at one end of the street.
The clock on the corner of the historic street has frozen at 12.51, shattered glass lies in the street and windows are shuttered with plywood, but there is no major structural damage.
Gecko Design has been commissioned to assist with structural and architectural drafting for Thurlow Consulting Engineers for the structural upgrade of five of the historic shops. Access to the ‘Red Zone’ not only requires a Hardhat, high visibility vest and steel capped footwear but also a pre-approved access pass for the army checkpoints and an evacuation plan. All this was a new experience for Gecko Design staff.
The visit to the 'Red Zone' and surrounding suburbs in September brought to heart what the Cantabrians are experiencing and the large task at hand to rebuild.

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