A new home for Christchurch RSA
The Christchurch Memorial Returned and Services Association is New Zealand’s first and oldest RSA, formed in 1915 by Veterans from Gallipoli and the other battlefields of Word War 1. When the association’s headquarters were irreparably damaged during the February 2011 earthquakes, Fletcher was engaged to deliver a state-of-the-art new home for the RSA in time for the WWI centenary celebrations in April 2015.
Forman delivered the striking Radiata ceilings which are key a feature of the new headquarters.
Products installed included:
- Decortech Firesafe Radiata SD Plywood prefinished Multigroove plank panels, 17mm thickness.
- The Decortech was fixed to Rondo battens at predetermined positions. Lighting and services trays were also installed between panels.
Due to the non-negotiable opening date the project was delivered to very tight programme, requiring a change in construction approach for the ceiling works. Service penetrations are typically predrilled in the factory environment, but due to the high number of penetrations and the compressed build schedule these works were undertaken in situ.
Forman’s coordinated and systematic approach was essential to completing the services drilling work right first time. Quality assurance was the major risk of prefabrication and cutting due to the high number of services penetrations and the difficulties in the set out (in particular the raking ceilings). Through careful planning and extensive liaison with Fletcher and its services subcontractors, Forman was able to complete the drilling with minimal rework to the panels.