Karori Auto has been part of the Karori Community for almost 35 years. In preparation for the future, owner Craig Fair is investing in a modern new workshop on Karori Road. The new workshop will replace the existing premises two doors down.
We have been engaged to build the new 350m2 workshop, which comprises four working bays plus a mezzanine floor with offices, storage and amenity facilities.
The new building comprises block walls and concrete columns with an iron roof. Dead man beams at the end of each column provide seismic strengthening. The buildings’ foundations consist of 39 concrete spiral piles.read more
The new premises are being cut into an existing hill, so the eastern and southern sides of the building will be backfilled to provide retention. The street frontage will be clad in weatherboard to make it attractive for customers.
As Karori Road is a predominantly residential area, the new workshop incorporates a number of features to mitigate noise. The ceiling features a timber strapping to the underside of the purlins and plywood in the ceiling, while the roof has extra diaphragm for sound proofing. The block walls will also absorb a significant amount of sound.
Other key features include aluminium joinery, four skylights and two garage doors. An epoxy resin coating on the workshop floor will provide a pleasant surface to work on. A high stud is needed for the hoist.
The project is providing plenty of challenges to keep our team thinking. The new workshop is located between an existing building and a neighbouring property, so access can be challenging. Due to the residential location, all works must be carefully planned to minimise disruption to neighbours.
The large amount of reinforcing contained in the building requires precision in construction. Backfilling the eastern and southern sides of the building must be executed slowly and carefully to ensure it is undertaken safely.
Once complete, the new workshop will be a great asset for the Karori community.