Project: Old Kingsland Fire Station
Built in 1933, this building is rich in history as Kingsland’s former fire station. It was completely renovated in 2008 following a fire, seeing it transformed into an 18-bedroom boarding house. The house went on the market in 2016 and was purchased by TV and movie production company Warner Bros as a potential site for an upcoming project. The 18-room property is being converted into five apartments, with another level being added to the building.
The former fire station fronts New North Road, a main arterial route into Auckland’s CBD as well as home to Kingsland’s hustle and bustle. With delicate renovation work being undertaken right next to the footpath, a solid and robust solution was needed to enable the large number of pedestrians who frequent the area to pass by the site safely.
A container walkway – in the shape of a 20-foot hoarding container – was set up on the footpath outside the property. The hoarding provides overhead and side protection from construction work, while cut outs on the road side of the container provide a sense of space and create the effect of a covered footpath.
In such a high foot traffic area the hoarding has allowed construction workers to undertake the time-consuming process of removing the roof and completely gutting the building while ensuring the safety of passing pedestrians. Because containers have a 10kPa rated protection level, in the very unlikely event that the façade of the building was to fail, there’s nothing quite like a container to shield members of the public and passing cars from falling debris.