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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
Much of the glazing throughout the former CPO was undertaken by Woods Glass. This was not the first time the company had worked on a heritage project with Downers, says general manager Matthew Harris.
"We were engaged by Downer Construction on the Auckland Town Hall, which was another complex project in a building of a very similar age to the CPO," he says. "We have also been extensively involved in the refurbishments at the Auckland War Memorial Museum."
So Woods Glass is no stranger to the complexities of retrofitting modern glass installations to heritage buildings. The key challenge, says Harris, is the attention to detail required by such jobs.As no element of these older structures is standardised, each installation needs to be considered independently and then custom-made. Because of this, the firm was consulted by architects Jasmax at the design phase of the CPO restoration.
Here, Woods Glass's handiwork includes the supply and installation of the canopied entranceways from Queen Elizabeth Square and all the Dorma Horizon frameless automatic doors. The company can also put its name to the translucent, glass column boxes and display cases mounted around the feet of the columns, as well as glass stairs, balustrades, lighting boxes, mirrors and vanities.
The existing windows on the external face of the building were all reglazed, and the glass in the atrium roof was another key element of the job.
"There's really not a part of the building where we haven't been involved in one way or another," says Harris.
For more information, contact Woods Glass on (09) 525 3379, fax (09) 525 8200, or visit the website:www.woodsglass.co.nz .
First published date: 12 October 2003