Spark Square is an expansive 9,900m² five storey plus basement building with an impressive central atrium. It accommodates 500 workers as the new South Island headquarters for Spark, and also has extensive retail and hospitality space, including a rooftop bar and restaurant. Built to be strong and sustainable, the building is base isolated using a mix of rubber bearings and sliding plates connected to a structural steel grill, and has achieved a 5 Green Star – Office Design v3 Certified Rating.
We fully modelled the building in collaboration with our subcontractors to identify clashes between the services and the structural steel, then worked with the consultants to find solutions. This proactive approach ensured that issues were identified before building began.
The stunning spiral staircase in the atrium was another element of the building that benefited from our team’s buildability input. We ran collaborative workshops to adjust the details so the stairs could be built economically while maintaining high quality standards and preserving the “wow” factor of the design.
We promoted a culture of “no surprises” with all of the project participants throughout this project, working collaboratively to identify and resolve issues. This allowed us all to work as a team to fully understand non-standard details in the low-damage design and to identify methodologies such as temporary works and build sequencing to keep the programme on track.
The combination of collaboration and craftsmanship have delivered an exceptional building for Nexus Point and Spark in the first new commercial building to open in Cathedral Square since the Canterbury earthquakes.
“Spark Square has a complex faceted double skin glazed façade, two atriums, dramatic feature stairs and many other unique features. [It] required an experienced contractor who understood these complications and demands and could go the extra mile for the client.
Naylor Love proved themselves… and were a responsive great team to deal with.”
– Jasper van der Lingen, Architect
Client: Nexus Point
Completed: February 2020
Awards: NZ Commercial Project Awards 2021 – Gold Award, CARTERS Commercial category