ANZ Centre atrium wins an award13 September 2017
Hush Interiors’ work on the Atrium of the new ANZ Centre in Christchurch has been recognised with two awards from the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of New Zealand (AWCI NZ). The company received the 2017 AWCI Award of Excellence for their ceiling installation work, which was completed in collaboration with Seddon's Fibrous Plastering. The project also won the People’s Choice Award on the night.
Director Chris Hughes says the awards are an exciting achievement for the company, which specialises in unique ceiling installations.
“Being chosen to work on the Atrium in this key retail centre in Christchurch’s new CBD was a huge privilege for Hush Interiors. The result is stunning and this award is evidence of our team’s attention to detail and superior workmanship. We couldn’t have done it without our talented tradesmen and the support of Seddon’s Fibrous Plastering.”
The ANZ Centre was the first permanent shopping centre to open after the earthquakes. The Atrium was completed in March 2017, offering two restaurants and a space to host events after hours.
Hush Interiors were sub-contracted to carry out all ceiling works throughout the building, including suspended ceilings with fibrous plaster detailing.
Hughes says that the fibrous plaster work completed by the team is both innovative and eye-catching.
“Our team worked hard to bring this challenging ceiling installation to life, enabling the architect to achieve the contemporary finish he envisaged for the Atrium, which is a prominent feature in the Christchurch rebuild.”
The team created the suspended ceiling framework from timber supports, below a ‘floating’, braced ply deck, using detailed architectural plans. Hush Interiors and Seddon’s then worked closely to install the complex straight and curved fibrous plaster bulkheads around the perimeter of each of the upper office floor areas.
There was no room for error in the installation of both the frame and plaster casts, which needed to ensure a seamless transition from curved plaster to straight. Each level of plaster also had its own strip lighting, so the stopping had to be of the highest quality.
The ground floor feature ceilings within the open glazed atrium, were seismically designed by KCL Engineering and installed by Hush Interiors around the mechanical, electrical, and sprinkler services, also in conjunction with Seddon's.