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Voted the best floor in New Zealand


Company: Firth Industries

The ASB Building on the North Wharf on Auckland’s ‘Tank Farm’ is the new home to 1100 ASB Bank staff and is the talk of the town.

“We have been involved in this building with the architects from the start which included significant technical input to create the black polished floor with Jason Torbet and his team from Polished Concrete Ltd who produced a magnificent finish,” says Bernice Cumming, Architectural Manager for Firth. “We were really pleased to see that Jason and his team won Best Commercial Floor at the recent Concrete Services Polished Concrete Awards knowing the work that went into getting the mixes and colour constancy right.” 

When construction first began the designers wanted the concrete to have a high-grade, smooth finish for everything from the columns to the beams. Firth was able to work with the customer to develop a mix that proved to be exactly what the designers required.

When it came to the finishing touches to the building Fletchers (the building contractors) were after a polished floor, finished to a high spec, to highlight the wonderful features the building has on offer. A number of meetings were held over the design of the concrete and the methodology for the placement and polishing of the floor. “It wasn’t just about getting the concrete right,” says Rob McKinnon, Materials Manager – Northern for Firth. “It was about getting all the elements from all the parties right.”

Testing and trial mixes were carried out and test slabs put down. “The stockpiles of materials were ‘ring-fenced’ so as to ensure uniformity of product over the number of pours that would be required,” adds Rob.

The result is a spectacular floor that showcases the wonderful design elements of this building and is a credit to all that were involved in its construction.

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Win a colourful award in the Resene Total Colour Awards 2013!


Company: Resene

Show your true colours and receive the recognition you deserve – enter the Resene Total Colour Awards 2013!

The Resene Total Colour Awards recognise outstanding use of colour. We want to celebrate the best of the best.

And to make it easier to enter this year you can enter your images and information electronically or send them in on a disk if you prefer – whichever suits you. No colour board is needed.

Categories include: Residential – Interior, Residential – Exterior, Commercial – Exterior, Commercial – Interior Public/Retail, Commercial – Interior Office, Landscape, Education, Heritage, Neutrals, Product/Display, Rising Star – Student, Lifetime Achievement. Commercial includes commercial, corporate rebranding, industrial, government sector.

A wide range of entries each year are showcased on the Resene website in the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery and are included in Resene media throughout the year. For the colourful winners, each category winner will win NZ$1000 and a coveted Resene Total Colour Award sculpture and the overall Nightingale winner will win NZ$2500 and an exclusive Resene Total Colour – Nightingale Award sculpture.

Entries are now open.

See the Resene website www.resene.com/colourawards or email colourawards@resene.co.nz for an entry form. Entries close 21 June 2013.