Livingstone was delighted to be appointed as the main contractor by the Hansa team on this design and build, 2257sqm project. Early engagement with the Hansa team allowed Livingstone to develop a clear design and build path that incorporated all of the client’s necessities into the building, including aesthetics and functionality.
The Livingstone team set about delivering a custom-designed and constructed building using a collaborative approach with the client and provided a layout and materials that were particularly unique to the Hansa brand. Construction spanned 10 months from April 2018 to January 2019 and used approximately 7000 person hours.
Hansa set very clear design and build directives with brand fit, happy staff and a functional layout all top priorities. As part of satisfying that brief, staff welfare was well taken care of, and an onsite staff gym, large lunchroom and deck to soak up the sun and enjoy their hard-earned breaks were all incorporated into the building.
A custom touch and wink back to the brand and Hansa product were the exterior cladding timber walls located on the front of the showroom which tie in perfectly with the brand and the high quality chipper products Hansa is famous for.
As main contractor, Livingstone engaged and managed up to 30 sub-contractors at any one time, to achieve another on-time, on-budget commercial build that it has been doing throughout Waikato and New Zealand since 1947.
The Hansa design and build project also allowed Livingstone to showcase many of its core skills and abilities as one of Waikato’s best construction companies. The layout and design required a building with a large prominent retail/showroom area, commercial offices on the first floor and a large industrial-style warehouse area where manufacturing of Hansa’s world class product takes place.
The prominent retail showroom features large floor to ceiling windows measuring six metres high and 23 metres long. In addition, the 350sq m showroom features a polished concrete floor which assists in showcasing all of the excellent product on offer at Hansa.
Another captivating feature of the showroom is viewable from the street frontage: the front angled timber-cladded walls act as a large picture frame, which serves to further highlight and give focus to the products prominently displayed in the showroom window.
Livingstone is in no doubt that the new Hansa building serves both the present and future aspirations of Hansa’s domestic and international business plans extremely well and the building will serve them for many years and chippers to come