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Project:135 Albert Street, Auckland
135 Albert Street is a 31-story tower which is home to the Auckland Council and its 2,000 staff. The Hawkins project involved façade maintenance across the full height of the 116-metre-tall building. Works included the replacement of 5,000m2 of existing stone cladding with a lightweight aluminium panels above the street level (including replacement of the existing structural fixing framework), and refurbishment and reinstatement of 2,000m2 of existing stone and associated structural fixings at street level.
The project was a demanding one. Given the removal of stone panels (that were already unstable) above a very busy street, there was a high-level focus on Health & Safety, whilst undertaking the work in front of 2,000 live spectators within the building. The building needed to remain operational, requiring extensive effort be put into minimising disruption to the building’s occupants while maintaining public access.
The safety of pedestrians and team members drove an intensive Health & Safety culture, with AJ personally conducting audits to ensure tasks were carried out as detailed. The client commented that “AJ was the difference on this project, he drove the team and programme to a successful outcome. He is an exceptional talent.”