New $30m 'black box' apple juice drink factory now up and running

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 set for an 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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Strata Group Queenstown is now Open

 It's official!  With our increasing project workloads in the Queenstown Lakes District, Callum having previously had an office in Queenstown, and Damian Hyde re-joining us after a few years working and travelling in Canada and Australia, we have opened our office in Frankton.  Damian, a Senior Civil Engineer, is experienced in subdivisions and large infrastructure project management.  Callum assures us there is excellent cell phone reception "everywhere" in Queenstown so Damian and Callum should be easily contactable all times…...

It's official!

With our increasing project workloads in the Queenstown Lakes District, Callum having previously had an office in Queenstown, and Damian Hyde re-joining us after a few years working and travelling in Canada and Australia, we have opened our office in Frankton.

Damian, a Senior Civil Engineer, is experienced in subdivisions and large infrastructure project management.

Callum assures us there is excellent cell phone reception "everywhere" in Queenstown so Damian and Callum should be easily contactable all times…...

The PM visits Strata Group

Strata Group is one of the anchor tenants at the new Business Hub development in Hastings, Business HQ, which was officially opened by the Prime Minister, the RT. Hon. Bill English on the 8th June.

The Prime Minister spent time meeting and greeting the various people of Business HQ and fit in a tour of the Strata Group office.

Napier City Council and IRD staff moving out of earthquake-prone buildings

Almost 200 local government and IRD workers are abandoning their offices in two earthquake-prone buildings owned by Napier City Council.

The council admitted to being surprised on Wednesday by a report that found its four-storey library building on the corner of Station and Dalton streets had been rated as low as 15 per cent of the new building code at its weakest point.

The findings prompted Inland Revenue, which leases space on two floors of the building, to immediate direct its 78 Napier staff to work from home. About 100 council staff will continue to work in the building.

But the council said it was moving as quickly as it could to relocate 115 staff from its adjacent civic building, which rated even worse under the Strata Group engineering assessment.

The report found the 1967 civic building rated as low as 10 per cent of new building code at its weakest point.

Staff were briefed on the report’s findings, and the process of moving staff out of the building began on Wednesday, council chief executive Wayne Jack said.

“We will relocate all our teams and our front counter from the civic building, and are aiming to do this as quickly as we can,” he said.

A spokesman for IRD said the department had moved its 78 Hawke’s Bay staff out of the two floors it leases from the council in the library building.

Those staff had the capacity to work remotely from home, or other locations, and would do so until the situation was assessed.

Jack said the council had been surprised by the library building’s 15 per cent rating, but the issues were “relatively quick and simple to remediate”.

Minor work within the stairwells, and to improve the seatings for the precast units throughout the structure, would begin soon and was expected to bring the building up to  close to 50 per cent of code.

Further work, which the council had already budgeted for, would then be undertaken to bring the building “as close to 100 per cent as possible”, Jack said.

But the Strata Group report points to demolition for the civic building, where the council has known for some time that seismic problems will be expensive to remedy.

It recently floated the idea of turning the library building into its main headquarters, and redeveloping the civic building site.

Strata Group director Guy Lethbridge said attempting to strengthen the civic building “would be a complex and widespread undertaking”, which engineers did not believe “represents value for money in that the strengthening costs could be more than a new build”.

On the other hand, “there is a strong case to be made for improving the strength of the Library Building, as this can be done through relatively straightforward works”.

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton said he was pleased the council had acted quickly to relocate its workers.

Staff had already started making preparations for “a range of scenarios” before receiving the Strata Group report. “One of those scenarios was the possibility that our teams would have to move out.”

 

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