PFR's sensory science unit is an internationally recognised research department that tests both expert and public consumer responses to food and beverage. The scope of this project covered the refurbishing and fit out of L1 of the Padfield Building located at OFR's Mt Albert campus. This included the demolition of existing open plan working areas, offices and some laboratories, and the construction of a new sensory unit and office space. Included in the works is a kitchen area for consumer food preparation, sensory booths, open plan office with meeting rooms and toilet facilities in an area of approximately 700m2.
During the tender stage, the Brosnan team identified design issues pertaining to the existing structures and services which would have negatively impacted the program and methodology. On award of tender, we collaborated with the consultants and key subcontractors to develop detailed and affordable solutions. By identifying the issues and solutions before construction commenced, confidence was gained in the whole team (PFR, Xigo, Brosnan and key subcontractors) functioning with a best for project approach.
Our project team used best practice project management processes to identify issues during the pre-construction and planning phases. These are logged and allocated to an owner whose job is to derive a solution in a timely manner. Potential ‘road blocks’ are therefore removed so that the project is completed on time, to budget and to quality specifications.
Padfield Building Sensory Unit
New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research
129 Mt Albert Road, Auckland