NEW MARINE FACILITY CONFIRMED FOR WYNYARD QUARTER

Refer to the following rticle from www.punuku

Strata Group are the Structural and Civil Engineers on this exciting project.

A new marine refit facility expected to create a boom in marine jobs and deliver significant marine and tourism spending has been confirmed for Wynyard Quarter.

The development has been advanced after the signing today of a Development Agreement between the city’s redevelopment agency Panuku Development Auckland and leading marine services company Orams.

The new facility will feature a marine haul out and refit facility, commercial buildings and a residential tower on the northern end. It will target marine vessels up to 800 tonnes, which accounts for 85% of the world marine market.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “The new marine facility in the Wynyard Quarter is expected to generate more than 500 jobs including as many as 200 apprenticeships.

“A piece of currently poorly utilised land will become the heart of a thriving marine enterprises precinct, which carries on the historic presence of boat building in this area.

“Built in time for the America’s Cup 36 races, the precinct will benefit hugely from the refit work which will be generated during the challenge from visiting superyachts and vessels. There can be no better time to launch this facility.”

The facility will be developed on the corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe streets on a site that adjoins Orams Marine Village and is known as Site 18.

It will provide increased maintenance facilities for Auckland’s ferries, fishing vessels and commercial vessels. The majority of existing marine business on the site will be accommodated within the new development.

The development agreement is conditional on the approval of the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office, which is expected to be known late February 2019.

Orams Marine CEO Neven Barbour says their proposal is for an exemplar development, being a unique mix of marine and residential uses.

“This proposal is the result of numerous studies focused on adding sustainable value to the marine industry and Auckland’s economy.”

Orams Marine Services Managing Director Craig Park says the marine sector is an important economic contributor to New Zealand and Auckland, and the city has a strong reputation for quality marine work.

“The marine refit facility will create more than 500 jobs and generate significant income for the marine and tourism industries,” says Park.

“The establishment of the Orams Site 18 facility will ensure the opportunity for wider industry and economic benefits will not be lost to offshore competitors.”

Park says Site 18 is considered to be the only marine-zoned site, of significant scale, within the Auckland area able to deliver a facility of this nature, and as such both parties are keen to see this development progress.

As part of the development the existing seawall will be replaced and contamination remediation works undertaken.

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HAUMOANA HALL SCULPTURE, HAWKE’S BAY

Strata Group has long been a supporter of the Arts in Hawke’s Bay. The latest is a kinetic sculpture at Haumoana Hall.

The “Elixir of Life” was created by local artists Riks Terstappen and Amy Lynch as part of the Te Matau-a-Maui Art & Heritage Trail.

The 5.5m structure with seven stems curving toward each other and outward, supports spinning light aluminium buds that will twist and turn according to the prevailing wind.

Elixir of Life is one of eight public artworks being commissioned by the Cape Coast Art & Heritage Trust that will accompany the existing discovery panels placed between Black Bridge and Clifton.

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Woodford House Founders Walkway Fundraiser

Many thanks to Audrey and Hamish McHardy family for opening up their magnificent home to host the fundraising event which was a resounding success. $160,000 was raised, well above organisers’ expectations. Work on Stage 2 is now in underway.

Strata Group is proud to be sponsors of this fantastic project and look forward to seeing the progress over the coming months.

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Scone River Project, Zero Invasive Predators Ltd

Director Guy Lethbridge and Draughting Technician Andrew Murphy had an unusual few days “on site” flying to the Scone River Bridge inland from Kaikoura to undertake a site assessment.  A couple of months later, Andrew was back again installing the first prototype of the predator-proof gate to prevent possums, rats and stoats crossing the Bridge.

The project is featured in the Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) Annual Report.

http://zip.org.nz/annual-reports/

 

Predator gate to prevent possums, rats and stoats crossing Scone River Bridge.

Predator gate to prevent possums, rats and stoats crossing Scone River Bridge.

One of the more exciting site visits!

One of the more exciting site visits!

New $30m 'black box' apple juice factory commissioned

Congratulations to Apollo Foods on the launch of the Apple Press – a highly innovative food company taking Hawke’s Bay apples to the world.

Strata Group is proud to have been involved in this $30M project as Lead Design Consultants - Structural and Civil and Engineering.

The new product range is available in supermarkets now! For more mouth-watering information, go to http://theapplepress.co.nz

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Rapid Building Usability Assessments following a Hazard Event

On 2nd May,  seven Strata Group engineers attended a training course about how to undertake Rapid Building Usability Assessments (RPA) during a state of emergency. This training covered how the RPA system works to quickly establish usability of buildings and associated infrastructure when functions may be compromised by a hazard event.

This training will prove invaluable to the safety of our team of engineers should Hawke's Bay be faced with such an event  - and our clients can rest assured that our staff can be contacted to act quickly and professionally should the need to assess their property ever arise.

 

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Hastings Boy's High School 1st XV ready for another exciting season

We're proud to be sponsors of this talented bunch of guys again this season.

HBHS has a sharp side again this season and are currently in Fukuoka, Japan at the World Youth Rugby tournament, an invitation they won by winning the NZ comp last year. They won the ¼ final yesterday, and play the semi against Osaka at 4.30pm tomorrow. And hopefully the final on Saturday at 5pm!

The games are quality grass roots rugby and can be watched live on youtube - search for sanix rugby.

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