Builders meet the chal­lenge

Matamata Chronicle - - Master Builders -

DE­SPITE the de­mand­ing and snowy con­di­tions, Mata­mata Stan­ley Con­struc­tion has fin­ished the Knoll Ridge cafe at Whaka­papa on Mt Ruapehu and are back with a num­ber of awards.

Stan­ley’s has been recog­nised for the strik­ing cafe that has be­come a part of New Zealand’s prime her­itage.

At the Waikato Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion 2011 House of the Year and Com­mer­cial Pro­ject Awards last month they won the 2011 Supreme Award for Com­mer­cial Pro­ject of the Year, Mata­mata Stan­ley Con­struc­tion was a cat­e­gory win­ner for PlaceMak­ers Hamil­ton Tourism and Leisure pro­ject, and were pre­sented with a Life Mem­ber Award for the cafe.

Stan­ley group pro­ject man­ager Craig Dav­i­son said he was thrilled with the awards and thanked his team.

‘‘Our con­struc­tion team is ex­pe­ri­enced in work­ing in re­mote lo­ca­tions and we have a great crew. Not ev­ery­one is cut out for this type of work and attitude is ev­ery­thing when you are liv­ing and work­ing long hours along­side your work col­leagues,’’ Mr Dav­i­son said.

The pro­ject for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts took 32 weeks and was fin­ished on Septem­ber 16, 2010, re­plac­ing the build­ing burnt down by ar­son­ists in 2009.

Once again Stan­ley has demon­strated the abil­ity to adapt to any sit­u­a­tion and find a unique ap­proach to build­ing. With no crane ac­cess and lim­ited he­li­copter use, a large ma­jor­ity of the build­ing was man­u­fac­tured off site to re­duce the cost and time of the pro­ject, then trans­ported to the moun­tain.

The build­ing is made of tim­ber, con­crete and steel with lowe­mis­siv­ity glass to al­low the sun’s en­ergy to be ab­sorbed, or re­flected.

The type of high per­for­mance glaz­ing re­quired had to be de­signed and found off­shore, mak­ing it a risky ex­er­cise.

Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als were cho­sen from sus­tain­able sources wher­ever pos­si­ble and choice was crit­i­cal as few ma­te­ri­als can sur­vive the rigours of an alpine en­vi­ron­ment.

The cafe needed to with­stand wind speeds up to 300kmh and a snow load on the roof of up to 1.5 tonnes per square me­tre.

Se­vere cold con­di­tions com­mon dur­ing build­ing.


The cold­est day ex­pe­ri­enced by the build­ing team was mi­nus 13 de­grees Cel­sius and the high­est wind recorded was 241kmh.

Their client, Dave Mazey from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, was thrilled with the end re­sult of the build­ing.

‘‘It ex­ceeds any­thing we have done pre­vi­ously.

‘‘We’ve got the wow fac­tor,’’ he said.

‘‘ Stan­ley added sub­stan­tial value in this de­sign process and con­trib­uted in the way of in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions which could be ap­plied; in­clud­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing con­crete pre­cast pan­els the pre­vi­ous win­ter, trans­port­ing them to the snow and stor­ing them ready to use for sum­mer con­struc­tion.

‘‘That in it­self shaved a sub­stan- tial amount off the bud­get.’’

Stan­ley spe­cialises in eco­log­i­cally sound, mod­u­lar con­struc­tions, in­te­rior de­sign and join­ery.

Com­pany cul­ture en­cour­ages in­no­va­tion and plan­ning, and ev­ery­thing they do is gov­erned by re­spect, pride and a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

From this foun­da­tion, their busi­ness is built to ex­ceed cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions.

Stan­ley Group wants to thank both the clients and all the busi­nesses that helped with the build­ing of the Knoll Ridge cafe.

The com­pany has a rich his­tory and strong clien­tele in Mata­mata and New Zealand-wide and since open­ing in Mata­mata in 1927, they have gone from strength to strength.

Whaka­papa proud: From left, Min­is­ter for Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Mau­rice Wil­liamson, Stan­ley Group pro­ject man­ager Craig Dav­i­son, site man­ager Richard Hop­kins and Hamil­ton Mayor Julie Har­daker with the Stan­ley Group awards.

The com­pleted Knoll Ridge Cafe on Mt Ruapehu.

Brought by air: A large ma­jor­ity of the build­ing ma­te­ri­als were flown in by he­li­copter.

The Knoll Ridge cafe dur­ing con­struc­tion.

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