New community centre for Parkstone

New community centre for Parkstone
Stage two of Parkstone Retirement Village will include 49 new apartments and is set for completion towards the end of 2019.

Experience, early contractor involvement (ECI) and valued relationships are cornerstones of success for leading Christchurch commercial main contractor, Armitage Williams Construction, as the company progresses through stage two of Bupa’s Parkstone Retirement Village in Ilam.
Completed in 2016, stage one of the purpose- built retirement village included a two-level, 100-bed care home along with 88 apartments spread over two, three-level buildings.
Project manager, Mason Williams says stage two will include 49 new apartments spread over two adjoining four-level buildings and will be completed towards the end of 2019.
“The apartments are generally all two-bedroom and range in size from 77–103sqm with integrated kitchen, bathroom, laundry and guest toilet,” he says.
“There is also one 62sqm one-bedroom apartment. They all feature stone bench tops and quality Fisher & Paykel appliances.”
Designed by Christchurch practice, IKON Architects, one of the stage 2 apartment buildings is a hybrid structure containing three levels of car parking at the rear with capacity for 76 vehicles, and nine apartments spread over four-levels at the front and side.
“Another key feature of this building is the internal vehicle ramp that is curved for ease of use by residents,” says Mason. Linking the stage one and stage two apartments is a 25-metre link bridge.
Mason explained that due to substandard ground conditions, 282 steel screw piles at 20 metres deep were required across both stage two apartment buildings.
In addition to the apartment buildings, stage two included the development of a single-storey community centre, which was completed in December 2018.

The community centre, of the retirement village, includes a 12 metre, in-ground, heated swimming pool with a recessed cover
removing any trip hazards.

“The centre is in an L-shape wrapping around an attractively landscaped courtyard that has artificial grass so that families can enjoy the space all year round. There is also a paved BBQ area. Each end of the L-shape adjoins the existing apartment buildings.”
Modern, very architectural and allowing a high level of natural light, the community centre is designed to be a thriving social hub of the village, serviced by a bar and commercial standard kitchen with a capacity for 350 residents and guests.
A key feature of the community centre is an air-conditioned gymnasium and 12 metre in-ground heated swimming pool.
“A unique feature of the pool is the recessed cover, that the Armitage Williams Construction team and IKON Architects worked on to integrate into the surrounding paving to remove any trip hazards.”
Having undertaken all of Bupa’s major South Island aged-care projects over the last nine years, Mason says Armitage Williams Construction’s ‘early contractor involvement’ has streamlined the design and construction process for Bupa.
“The timing of the community centre’s completion was key for Bupa. Through the ECI process we identified a significant programme saving by changing the pool from a concrete structure to a prefabricated fibreglass pool.”
Operating throughout the South Island for almost 35 years, Armitage Williams Construction has established a strong network of the best local subcontractors and trades.
“This has enabled us to deliver a lot of efficiencies in the construction process, bringing about certainty of delivery, on time and on budget.”
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