Bringing new facilities to Arlington Park

High quality components and quick construction times have seen Washdyke's Thompson Construction and Engineering secure a multi-million dollar contract for designing and constructing a hospitality and shopping complex at the new Arlington Park residential development in Rangiora.
Construction of the $8 million complex started mid-July this year, and is expected to be completed by November.
The 2500sqm building is constructed of steel portal frames and warpped in precast tilt slab panels fabricated by Thompson Precast.
The complex will comprise 12 to 14 shops with 95 cars parks, and will be anchored by a restaurant and bar.
Developer Geoff Taylor also owns Du Velle Properties, which owns a number of commerical properties in Timaru, including the Mitre 10 Mega store on Bank Street, where Thompson Construction and Engineering had impressed with the quality of precast components it provided as a subcontractor.

Thompson Construction and Engineering was established in 1978 by Lyndon Thompson.
It initially focused on fabricating hay barns, implement sheds, farm workshops and general engineering. As the company grew, it expanded into building larger farm buildings like woolsheds, covered yards and a few commerical buildings.
In 2002, Craig and Vaughan Thompson took over the running of their father's business, having trained under his guidance for 17 years.
They have continued to build the business to more than 90 staff in four divisions.
Their sister Michelle joined the company in 2006 in a role of general management and administration.
Thompson Construction and Engineering has developed into an all round experienced company, who can manage all types of building projects from start to finish.
Thompson Construction and Engineering handles entire projects from deigns, steel fabriction, and concrete precast, to transporting and erecting the building.
Thompson Construction and Engineering construction and design manager John Wilson says the company uses a slightly different style of construction, with prefabrication techniques allowing buildings to be assembled on site within tight time-frames.
"At more than 35 years old, we're an established company but the new generation has seen a lot of growth over the past six or seve years," he says.
"We've challenged the way Things were done with our design and build services. We've changed the way things are constructed, and the price of our buildings is very competitive and construction is very quick."
The Arlington Park shopping complex base building including steel and precast concrete was erected in three weeks.
The complex was designed with allowances for potentials tenants, future proofed with cavities behind wall systems to allow power, data, and plumbing to be put in place at a later date, we well as the ability to install dividing walls in the retail spaces so tenants can choose a larger or smaller space. 
Some of the precast panels have a timber grain weatherboard imprinted into the concrete which looks just like physcial timber, giving the panels a really attractive look with the change in texture.
The canopies around the front of the shopping complex were also prefabricated, and then bolted on making a really efficient build process.
Even the wall board linings have allowed Thompson Construction and Engineering to shave time off construction.
New Zealand product Metrapanel was used, with the large sheets of 7.3 metre by 2.4 metre robust chipboard pre-printed to ensure that is stays weather resistant and reduce the time wasted waiting for the first coat of paint to dry.
Wilson says the biggest challenge on the project so far was the implementation of the future proofing into the design. "But in the construction that has gone like clockwork," he says. "It comes back to the prefabrication."
"Team Timaru" is completing the entire project, with Rooney Earthmoving completing the site works and all subcontractors also from Timaru.
With the rebuild of Canterbury pushing more work towards South Canterbury, Thompson Construction and Engineering is well placed to provide a high quality service with a quick turnaround to other Christchurch developments.
Wilson says the company has three moe buildings lined up to go to Christchurch in the next three months. 

Written by Kelly Deeks, Building Innovations NZ, Spring 2014