Case Study

Pak ‘n’ Save Covered Carpark

  • Location
    Petone, Wellington
  • Client
    Foodstuffs NZ/Pak n Save Petone
  • Architect
  • Structural Engineer
    mlb Consulting Engineers
  • Builder
    Naylor Love
  • Date
    Summer 2013
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Efficiency at work

Our Challenge
We were commissioned to cover a large car park area while keeping the supermarket fully operational.

The original design for the canopy specified structural steel, but with the potential issue of corrosion due to its proximity to the coast, a structural laminated wooden structure made more sense.

The Techlam Solution
A significant project with careful planning and collaboration with the client’s architect and structural engineer delivered a unique solution. We worked closely with the client to reverse engineer and supply the entire structure - showcasing engineered timber with a stunning end result.

Techlam worked with the main contractors on site to efficiently manage the project, meaning the supermarket remained open during construction. A further issue for the client was birds nesting and sheltering under the canopy, a problem the timber solution removed completely.

Products Used

Curved Tapered Beams

Originally destined to be constructed out of steel, the glulam beams used instead were a strong structural element and also prevented birds from nesting in the roof.


Non-Visual Purlins

Techlam supplied all non-visual purlins and fascia for the project. Pre-fabricated prior to being assembled on site saved the client time and money.

Leo O’Sullivan

Pak’ n Save Petone

“In late 2012 Petone Pak ‘n Save and Foodstuffs Wellington approached Naylor Love to come up with a Car park canopy.”

“After numerous discussions it was decided to use Techlam NZ to produce the totally wooden structure to be assembled by Naylor Love as opposed to a steel structure.

The whole process went like clockwork and no issue was a problem for Techlam. We have had literally hundreds of positive comments from customers, architects and builders local and overseas on our decision to go with the laminated timber and how it looks so in sync with the environment. Had we chosen to go with the Steel construction alternative this would not have been the case.

There was also a strong case for the timber alternative as the Steel structure would have required a lot more ongoing maintenance being so close to the ocean. The completed structure not only looks magnificent, it is completely functional and is a credit to Techlam NZ.

I hope the Petone Pak’n Save canopy is the first of many produced by Techlam”

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