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Wanaka Building wins National Titles

Posted By: Amalgamated Builders Ltd on Mon, 19 May 2014

Southland Times

May 19th 2014

Staff members from Queenstown's Amalgamated Builders were celebrating yesterday after taking out two titles at the second annual New Zealand Commercial Building Awards at the weekend.

Both awards were for the company's work on the $2 million new SculptIllusion Gallery at Wanaka's Puzzling World.

The company won gold in the tourism and leisure project category, and the under $2m category.

The 530 square metre illusionary sculpture room, complete with moving walls, floating objects and 3D illusions, is the company's fifth and largest illusion room and was an 8 month build by the company.

Quantity surveyor for the project, Brett Squire, said he and the team were "incredibly proud" to win category awards for the second year running.

"This personally ranks as one of my favourite projects in my eight years with the company," Squire said.

"Any building poses challenges but because of the Central Otago climate it required careful consideration throughout the planning and build process. Aside from a very cold construction site, the ground froze, which affected the logic of the build and the way we continued. So it's great to now see the completed build and know we had a hand in building it."

Puzzling World's Heidi Landsborough and Duncan Spear were thrilled the company took out the awards.

"The SculptIllusion Gallery is an unusual building and the Central Otago climate certainly played havoc during the build. The team handled the challenges with ease and professionalism, resulting in a wonderful building which is not only functional, but striking."

Landsborough said the great working relationship on site had really made the process easier, especially on a project so close to her heart.

"This addition is the final major addition to the family's legacy of providing amusement and puzzlement to Wanaka and the thousands of tourists that visit each year. Although we attract tourists from around the world we remain a setup that's built on solid and positive relationships, and we really experienced that with ABL and Brett."

Queenstown's Amalgamated Builders Ltd to build New Shotover Primary School

Posted By: Amalgamated Builders Ltd on Mon, 5 May 2014

The Queenstown branch of Amalgamated Builders Ltd (ABL) is delighted to have been awarded the contract to build the eagerly-awaited Shotover Primary School.

ABL previously built the re-located Wanaka Primary School, a project which last year won silver in the education category of the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards.

ABL Project Manager / Quantity Surveyor Karsten Pedersen said the company was always pleased to be awarded any major contract.

“However it’s the function of this building and the role it will play in the education of generations of local children that makes this project especially important and rewarding for our team to be involved with,” he said.

Mr Pedersen said the ABL team had had already started work with the school’s Ministry-appointed Project Manager and would be on site from Monday (May 5).

He said Amalgamated Builders would also meet the school’s establishment board of trustees and new Principal Ben Witheford “as soon as possible”.

Shotover Primary School will cater for Years 1 – 8 and is being built on a site at Stalker Road, Lower Shotover, Queenstown. The initial construction stage will accommodate 460 students and comprises five learning communities, an administration and library building, and a multi-sports hall.

The school is targeting to be open for the 2015 new school year, and further development of the school is anticipated in the coming years.

The new school will be a modern 21st century facility which embraces the Ministry of Education’s Modern Learning Environment philosophy. The ministry has expressed a desire for a truly unique design which reflects the communities’ values, is sympathetic to the surrounding area and will stand the test of time.

The school is being constructed to have a certified 5-star built rating from the NZ Green Building Council.