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The internal fit-out of GHD required a variety of technical disciplines – Canam Interiors delivered

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Meeting booths, a spiral staircase, and an air bridge all feature in the GHD fit-out by Canam Interiors

The internal fit-out of GHD required a variety of technical disciplines – Canam Interiors delivered

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Creating a dramatic commercial interior refit for an architect-client requires a broad skill set. First, there's the technical knowledge required to address the myriad aspects of a feature-rich environment. Second, there's the issue of delivering those exacting aesthetics to time and to budget.

Canam Interiors works closely with architects and designers, translating technically difficult and aesthetically original concepts into dramatic yet highly functional spaces. The internal fit-out of two floors of architects GHD's head office is a case in point, says managing director Loukas Petrou.

"This was a fast-track project, undertaken in a largely occupied space with a number of specialist structural and design features.

"Canam successfully bid for this project in competitive tender and then commenced work with GHD on the staging and construction programme to enable the architects to take occupation of as much of the space as soon as possible.

"We also offered several operational alternatives and worked with the architects throughout the project on design solutions that met programme and budget without compromising the GHD vision."

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During the peak of construction, there were over 200 of GHD's staff also in operation, so careful management of noise, dust migration and health and safety were all priorities for Canam's site team.

In addition, to the high quality partitioning, extensive joinery and service modifications, the design called for the installation of a new spiral staircase between levels two and three, as well as an air-bridge across the atrium at level two.

"The steel staircase eventually weighed in at more than three tonne, requiring substantial structural steel support to the concrete floor below," says Petrou. "All-in-all, the GHD fit-out was a hugely successful and interesting project."

For details, contact Canam Interiors, phone (09) 836 3069, or visit the website: canam.co.nz

First published date: 30 April 2015

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