YHA complex taking shape in Tekapo

YHA complex taking shape in Tekapo
The new state-of-the-art building features a mix of accommodation for over 100 guests, including multi-share rooms, private accommodation, family rooms, and en-suite facilities.

Occupying a prime spot in a new lake-front subdivision at the northern end of Tekapo, construction of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) of New Zealand’s new double-storey complex is progressing very well.
The new complex will replace the former YHA hostel that had been in operation since 1965.
Spearheaded by experienced Timaru construction company Henderson Building (2006) Ltd, completion of the multi-million dollar complex is targeted for October – in time for summer tourists.
With both concrete floors poured, and framework in progress, Henderson Building’s priority is ensuring the building is closed in before Tekapo’s fast approaching winter hits.
Architecturally designed by Christchurch firm, Noel Strez Architects Ltd and project managed by One Four Ltd, the new state-of-the-art building – which has stunning lakeside views – features a mix of accommodation for over 100 guests, including multi-share rooms, private accommodation, family rooms, and en-suite facilities.
A manager’s apartment, café and the usual shared kitchen and dining facilities will be included within the complex.
Ken Bradshaw, director of Henderson Building says the predominantly timber framed building show cases a cladding mix of colour steel, schist, cedar weather boards and plaster work, in keeping with Tekapo’s look and feel. “Our next phase is to get the roof on before Tekapo’s winter strikes.
We’re not too far away. “There are a few challenges – the wall cladding is a metal panel, which is very labour intensive and time consuming to put on.
“But once the building has a solid board lining around the outside we can move inside while the sub contractors put the cladding on.”
He says Henderson Building was invited to tender for the project following the company’s successful completion of the Four Square Supermarket on the site next door—a job that Ken says went particularly well.
“It felt absolutely great to be awarded the YHA contract. It’s a good big job and a pretty smart looking building the way it has been designed.
“Really, it will be like a motel with lots of accommodation options to suit various budgets, which Tekapo badly needs. It’s a great high-profile job for us and we’re looking forward to getting it completed.”
In operation for over 30 years, Henderson Building (2006) Ltd brings considerable experience in both residential and commercial construction around South Canterbury.
Originally founded by Jeff Henderson, the company has been owned and operated by Ken and his wife Karen, along with their business partner Shane Bray since 2006.
“Shane has been part of the business for the last 20 years, firstly as foreman carpenter before buying into the business in the early 2000’s. Karen and I came along in 2004. I’ve been involved in the construction industry all my life from the draughting and costing side of things.”
Ken says one of Henderson Building’s keys to success is that they are a close-knit team enabling a hands-on approach when it comes to looking after clients.
“We keep a continuity of staff too—we have a good group of guys who enjoy working here and with our clients.”
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