Apollo Square Apartments…a great result
Apollo Square Apartments
The Apollo Square Apartments at 40 Rosedale Road are located adjacent to the Apollo Medical Centre. Rangitoto College is a short walk away. Just a short drive away are Massey University, Kristin School, Albany Westfield Mall, AUT Millenium Sports Centre and North Harbour Stadium. Browns Bay and Mairangi Bay beaches are close by. Work started in 2013 and in March 2016 the one, two and three bedroom apartments were ready.
Sajeesh Nair was the team lead for Origin on this project, ably assisted by Clive Revie who completed the emergency lighting design. Rosedale Apartments Ltd (RAL) purchased and owns the site of Apollo Square Apartments. New Concept Construction Ltd (NCCL) contracts the subcontractors. Ian Rae, NCCL project manager came to the project with 40 years of project management experience in New Zealand, and for Origin Ian’s experience really showed.
The second challenge, which this project shared with most others, was to make sure all wall penetrations and accompanying fire ratings were tidy and compliant. One of the major defects in apartment buildings over recent decades has been the fire rating of pipework, cables and ductwork where these pass through fire rated walls and floors.
When cables, pipes and ducts pass through fire rated walls and floors, the fire rating of the penetration needs to have the same rating as the wall or floor it passes through. The construction of walls and floors, as well as the material and size of the service passing through it, would be factors in meeting the passive fire safety challenge.
Meeting the second challenge was ultimately addressed in the construction itself. The interior walls were strapped and lined pre-cast concrete which meant that the only penetrations that needed fire rating were those that were going into the corridor or an adjacent apartment. Because drilling holes in concrete costs money it demanded a disciplined approach by the installers, they needed to carefully rationalise what was going through the walls and ensure there were appropriate fire stopping solutions. Considering the fire stopping costs alone, the cost of fire stopping was approximately 1/3 of an equivalent plasterboard wall apartment building.
Michael James says of this project, “we were working with a great construction management team who planned well and were excellent troubleshooters. We were all working with quality, conscientious contractors who consistently coordinated and cross checked planning and implementation. As a result, we knew we did not have to be constantly checking on the quality of the work, we had a great deal of confidence that our advice would be followed.”