Chambers and Fire Station Conversion an Award-Winner
A major building conversion project in Auckland, for which No Shock completed a complete re-wiring, has taken top honours in the multi-unit category of the Property Council New Zealand Awards. The Chambers and Station development, formerly the Mt Eden Council Chambers and Fire Station, won the Best in Category award.
No Shock Electrical completely re-wired the building and installed touchscreen-controlled lighting.
The challenge of a heritage-listed building
“At No Shock Electrical, we always enjoy working on heritage-listed buildings, but they are a challenge,” says Shamus O’Donnell, owner of No Shock Electrical. “This one is over 100 years old. We had to get cabling into tricky places without damaging heritage features like the ornate ceilings”.
Custom integrated lighting
The $15 million refurbishment took well over a year, with No Shock staff on site for more than 12 months. “We worked directly with the lighting supplier ensure the correct style of lighting was installed to every apartment reflecting the unique aspect of each, including decorative lamps, both LED and filament. The two main apartments on the top floor were installed with touchscreens for lighting integration – you can illuminate any room to the ideal setting, which is great for mood lighting, and control via the online app if you desire”, adds Shamus. “We were particularly proud to be involved in this project”.
As the award judges said, “It cleverly preserves two historic, culturally and architecturally significant heritage buildings. She’s a grand old building and will easily be around for another 100 years”.