University of Auckland
NZ Commercial Project Awards 2020 – Gold Award, Winstone Wallboards Residential category
Three blocks of stunning new student accommodation in the heart of Auckland.
Our Grafton Hall project started with tricky demolition, bulk excavation and retaining wall works on a tight site, and finished with three stunning new four-storey blocks of accommodation for first-year students at the University of Auckland.
In total there are 324 single rooms, 90 shared bathrooms, 11 accessible ensuite bathrooms, 11 common rooms with kitchens, 16 study lounges, a games room, music room, communal laundry, multi-function space, commercial kitchen and a dining room with a vaulted timber ceiling over 9,000m². There is also a reception foyer with a mail room, four meeting rooms, four storage rooms, plus there’s a communal bike storage building and basketball/tennis court outside. The high-spec finishes are bright and durable, creating a great environment for the students to live and learn in.
Our Naylor Love Auckland team contributed pre-construction buildability and value engineering advice before the build started, then followed up once the project was under way by assisting with an extensive façade/window re-design dictated by Building Code changes following the Grenfell Tower fire. The replacement, including beautifully detailed Villaboard and spandrel glazing, looks great.
Our hard-working site team and carefully selected contractors finished this major project right on time.