Case Study

Hobsonville Wharf

  • Location
    Auckland
  • Client
    Auckland Transport
  • Architect
    architectus
  • Structural Engineer
    Smartalliances LTD
  • Main Contractor
    Brian Perry Civil/KB Construction
  • Date
    2013
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Glulam at Work

Our challenge
The new ferry wharf at Hobsonville Point was built by Auckland Transport as part of an upgrade to the existing wharf area. At 70m long, the wharf is constructed almost entirely of structural laminated timber with extensive detailing performed off site to enable efficient construction on site.

The wharf is fully covered and features seating and a multi-level pontoon for people to board. Designed to enable access for the disabled, the pontoon is also future proofed to accommodate larger vessels as the area grows. The wharf also features a viewing platform with an illuminated Virginia King sculpture and panels depicting historic and modern-day imagery of the area.

The Techlam solution
We collaborated with the architect, engineer and client to ensure the components were delivered on time with the desired result achieved. Tight timeframes and a high level of accuracy were achieved to the satisfaction of all involved.

Products Used
01

Pre-Fabricated Glulam

Laminated elements were finished in our plant before being installed on site. Using portal frames, the simple construction was designed to support the roof structure.

02

Timber Fins

Appearance grade glulam fins were used as a way of diffusing the prevailing westerly winds, protecting commuters. The fins also enabled unobstructed views through to the harbour beyond.

03

H6 Glulam Fenders

Laminated fenders live in salt water with boats constantly butting up against them. A previously un-heard of context for a laminated timber product, the fenders are functional, strong and resistant to corrosion.

David Kenny

KB Construction

“Brett & the Techlam team, I am pleased to write to you in recognition of the fantastic product you and your team provided for the Hobsonville Wharf project. The project was a great success not only for KB Construction but also the main contractor.”

“The project being such a success, is a testament to the effort and skill of your team. Techlam played a big part in the pre-construction and planning of the project & were excellent to deal with and very accommodating in this area. There were a number of changes and challenges with construction due to the location and design but the team really helped and responded well.

The quality of work produced by your team with a tight schedule and up against Christmas was very warmly received by all involved. We would not hesitate to contract Techlam on another challenging project in the future and would highly recommend Techlam.”

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