Following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake the New Zealand Defence Force was forced to relocate their HQ offices into temporary locations and began the search for a permanent home. TSA was engaged to work with NZDF to assess if the Bowen State Building (which was under major refurbishment) would be suitable.
NZDF took over the lease of BSB part way through the development of office space for other government tenancies, acquiring approximately 26,000m2 of office space across 11 floors. NZDF introduced a number of changes to afford a high level of operational resilience and capacity. These included back-up generators to support the full building load for up to 72 hours, two UPS (N+N), and Zone 5 security perimeters in key areas that meet the Protective Security Requirements. NZDF HQ accommodates multiple Defence agency offices and satellite offices and is situated closely to parliament and other government organisations.
Although the design was substantially completed for another government agency, TSA successfully integrated significant design changes, simultaneously managing and maintaining momentum of the construction works whilst minimising time and cost implications.
TSA provided full project management services through all stages of the sub divisional fitout (SHF), including briefing definition, design management and construction management and the preparation of a master integrated programme incorporating all workstreams. The project was completed in October 2019.
The project has been recognised in the 2020 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards in the CARTERS Commercial Project Award.