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Auckland's refurbished and repurposed former Central Post Office anchors the new Britomart station in the existing fabric of the central city
Steel joinery specialist Crittall Arnold was approached to refurbish or replace the casement windows of the former Chief Post Office, many of which had not been adequately maintained over the years, says company director Darren Arnold.
"In conjunction with the heritage architects, we grouped the windows into three categories: those that needed replacing completely, those that needed to be removed and rebuilt in the factory, and those that could be refurbished on-site," he says.
As the original steel window section is no longer available, efforts were made to source a similar profile from Canada. However, when this proved infeasible, the solution lay in customising Crittall Arnold's standard W20 profile to mimic the existing window sections.
Much of the window hardware was also dilapidated, although many of the original pieces were able to be refurbished, recoated and re-installed. Where this was impossible, Crittall Arnold commissioned Cambrian Engineering to manufacture replica bronze hardware.
For more details, contact Crittall Arnold, PO Box 272 1475, Papakura, Auckland, phone (09) 296 5520, fax (09) 299 8908. Website:www.crittall.co.nz .
First published date: 12 October 2003