20 Oct 2018 - This skate park is an example of how experience generates confidence to innovate. The creative use of shotcrete meant less prep, faster construction and a quality focus. Tokoroa’s timber heritage is evident through a wood grain finish, meaning the community's tie to the park was enhanced.
19 Oct 2018 - Camp Glenorchy is the first ever accommodation designed according to the Living Building Challenge - the most rigorous sustainability standards in the world. Materials for the construction underwent scrutiny before being approved. Firth’s Certified Concrete® topped the list due to its 'Declare’ label.
18 Oct 2018 - It has only been a few years since New Zealand saw the completion of its first 10 Homestar rated house in Christchurch. And now, this best practice rating has also been achieved by the recently opened Daisy Apartments in Mt Eden, Auckland, which utilises Firth EnviroBlend® concrete.
17 Oct 2018 - Megafloor reprocessed the concrete floor at Jack’s Point Clubhouse with spectacular results following a fire. Although damaged, the floor’s structure was in fair condition; a fact attributed to concrete’s fire resistance, which in turns highlights the ease of re-purposing a concrete floor via polishing.
16 Oct 2018 - Intended to be demolished following the Canterbury Earthquakes, Isaac House in Christchurch is a Category 2 listed heritage building. Strengthening, repair and reuse has given it a new lease of life through minimal physical and material intervention - a beacon for strengthening and preservation.
15 Oct 2018 - Opened in 1911, the Rose Chapel is a Category 2 listed heritage building damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. The strengthening project integrated a new concrete structure with existing built heritage fabric to preserve an icon of the past - a sustainable building approach that supports resilience.
14 Oct 2018 - The Wildbase Hospital ensures that New Zealand’s only dedicated wildlife hospital, designed to best-practice, allows for improved care of native animals. A key design brief was for future flexibility of layout, and this is achieved by external precast concrete load bearing walls with only four internal columns.
13 Oct 2018 - People in a small Taranaki town renowned for its surfing will now be able to carve even when the waves are flat. Three months after the first sod was turned hundreds of people braved the rain to watch skaters perfect their moves at the town's new and improved skate park and bowl.
12 Oct 2018 - This project breathes life into the Dunedin Law Courts, built between 1900-1902. Following the Canterbury earthquakes, a business case determined that refurbishment and structural strengthening of the heritage building be undertaken to align with current codes and to optimise its use.
11 Oct 2018 - Faceted and angular, with splayed walls, this home’s geometry was set by a challenging site. Industrial and purposeful, the material palette features tilt-slab concrete walls, which define voids filled with glazing. The substantial use of concrete in this project is an aesthetic and sustainable feature.
09 Oct 2018 - The B:HIVE, a building at Smales Farm on Auckland’s North Shore, provides a flexible and vibrant working environment for small to medium businesses. The project team for the ground feature floor came up with a high-end decorative concrete finish to suit the interior design brief.
09 Oct 2018 - A New Zealand first, the My Concrete App was developed for Allied Concrete customers to provide real-time concrete order and delivery information surrounding current and future concrete supply from one easily accessible location. My Concrete is available free from the App Store and Google Play.
08 Oct 2018 - This beautiful house is sited on an exposed clifftop. Within this house, concrete finishes vary from raw off-the-form to polished. Externally, the strength of concrete allows for intricate and elegant forms at different scales. A sophisticated heating/ cooling system utilises concrete thermal mass.
07 Oct 2018 - This Rolleston Retail development uses precast concrete panels designed and built (but no longer required) for a sister development. The amount of energy saved by this decision was immense. A concrete foundation system was used that allowed flexible positioning of columns through the building.
06 Oct 2018 - The brief for this facility was to create a modern high-end multi-use event centre that reflects the community’s values, provide security now and into the future, and pay homage to its founders through bespoke features and re-purposing materials. Concrete was the material of choice.

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