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Courthouse restoration set to begin

Posted By: Otago Daily Times 29 September 2016 on Thu, 29 September 2016

The restoration of Dunedin’s historic courthouse will start next month after the announcement today of the contractors who will undertake the work.

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams this morning said Invercargill-based company Amalgamated Builders had won the contract to upgrade and refurbish the historic Stuart St building.

Work will start early next month and is expected to finish in December 2017.

“Dunedin’s courthouse is not only one of the most notable historic buildings in New Zealand but a centrepiece of the city’s rich cultural heritage. Despite the project’s complexity, the Government has committed a significant investment to restoring this historic courthouse to its former glory,” Ms Adams said.

“We have set aside up to $20 million as part of Budget 2016 to strengthen the building to 60-70 percent of the New Building Standard and to put in place new technology and audio-visual capabilities, enhance security and CCTV coverage, and make the registry area more customer friendly.

“The decision to restore the courthouse acknowledges its historic importance to the people of Dunedin and its significance to Dunedin’s legal fraternity.

“It’s great to see a local contractor taking on this work, which will generate jobs in the community and benefit the local economy.”

Court services will continue to be delivered from the current locations at 184 High Street and John Wickliffe House until the historic courthouse reopens.

“I’m sure the people of Dunedin, and particularly the local legal community, will continue to passionately support this project as we look forward to services returning to the courthouse in early 2018,” Ms Adams said. 

Riverlands House enlists award winning builders

Posted By: Canterbury Build Magazine September 2016 on Thu, 22 September 2016

South Island owned and operated construction company Amalgamated Builders Ltd (ABL) are the main building contractors for the Riverlands House project.
Established in 1961 ABL has gone from strength to strength with offices across a large part of the country. Recently recognised for excellence in commercial building, ABL has won the New Zealand Commercial Projects Platinum Award. The award recognises excellence in the building process and practices within the commercial contracting sector and is the highest possible achievement in the Commercial Construction Awards calendar. The Platinum award is bestowed only on those who have won five or more national titles and adds to ABL's already long and impressive list of accolades. The ABL team has won national awards across multiple categories including their work on Rippon Hall, at Rippon Vineyard in Wanaka, Queenstown luxury Sofitel hotel and the unique Puzzling World attraction in Wanaka.

ABL South Island Business Development Manager Andrew Plant believes the company culture and ethos has enabled them to deliver such award winning projects. "As well as delivering projects based on traditional design using locally sourced and available products, we also investigate alternative design and construction solutions that improve efficiency, structural integrity and cost effectiveness. It's part of our workplace culture

- at ABL we solve construction issues before they become problems and come up with creative solutions. That's what our clients have come to expect and one of the reasons we were chosen for the Riverlands House project.
"We place a lot of emphasis on working as a team and bringing practical builder 'smarts' to the table. This. together with the value we place on honest. open relationships has resulted in an award winning formula for the business. It was this approach that really appealed to the developers of Riverlands House and which helped us to secure the project" says Plant.

Recent contracts around the South Island include:

• Harvard Hub Business Park at Wigram Skies
• Chateau on the Park earthquake repairs
• Christchurch Adventure Park
• Lincoln New World Supermarket
• 136 Moorhouse Avenue Commercial New Build
• lnvercargill Airport Terminal Building -now the "benchmark" for other regional airports to aspire to on future re-developments.
• Dunedin Distinction Hotel. a 130 room conversion of the historic Chief Post Office building with reception area, restaurant. gymnasium and meeting rooms
• Mosgiel Countdown supermarket
• Cardrona Distillery and Museum, the world's most southerly whiskey distillery
• Eichardt's Private Hotel expansion at Marine Parade on the lake front of Queenstown

For more information please click on the link below which will take you to Canterbury Build September 2016 Issue.