At Brosnan Construction we always take pride in the projects we deliver for our clients. But when we were awarded this project, it put a whole new meaning into the word as it offered us the chance to be a real part of New Zealand’s WWI commemorations.
Our approach to this important project was to provide a team that had the expertise to deliver a project worthy of being celebrated. Brosnan’s project team took a leading role in assisting the design team to resolve a number of previously unforeseen buildability issues; these included a number of challenges relating to interfaces between the cliff faces around the site and the new build, as well as the condition of the existing century-old concrete structure.
Additionally, working on a site of potential cultural and heritage value meant that we needed to involve archaeologists who worked alongside Brosnan Construction to monitor, collect and log any historical artefacts discovered during the excavation phase.
The building superstructure was a steel primary structure with timber framed infill and full height commercial windows; the exterior cladding was primarily fibre cement sheet. The metal roof included a large glazed skylight that served as a source of natural light and designed to enhance the effects of the central feature sculpture utilising the cliff face visible above.
The facility was successfully officially opened in March 2015. The feature of the extension was a sculpture by Helen Pollock named, “As Above, So Below”, which honours and commemorates the struggle and sacrifice of the New Zealanders who served at sea during World War One.
Devonport Navy Museum Extension
New Zealand Defence Force
North Shore, Auckland