Top 5 Coresteel Buildings for 2015

Imagine you had the chance to design new premises for your company. What would your dream design include? Dependant on the industry you operate within, the size of your company and of course your personal tastes, there’s no doubt your list would differ from those of other business owners.

We’ve selected our top five buildings for 2015, to give you an insight into how Coresteel has worked with five very different companies with very specific goals, to design, engineer and construct buildings that are custom-designed to their exact specifications.

Ali Arc Logistics

When one of their major customers needed more space to store their products, Ali Arc Logistics Ltd decided to expand their operations.

Ali Arc Logistics is a Whanganui-based commercial storage business, offering services in vehicle and document storage, container handling, and warehousing and inventory management solutions.

Backed by Bartley Property Investments Ltd, the massive 84m long by 50m wide warehouse was built using the Tapered Box Beam. The decision to use the Tapered Box Beam was an economical option, due to the relatively smaller steel member sizes which could still achieve the extremely wide spans required. The beams are also bird and vermin resistant – a must for a storage facility.

A 7.4m knee height allowed the pallet racking to be five levels high, across the full 50m width, to cater for Ali Arc’s specific stacking requirements. The Coresteel building system also enabled the warehouse to be linked to an existing structure, which further increased the storage area available. In addition, the warehouse featured two fire-rated walls, with full height, 165mm thick, precise wall panels.


Whanganui-based commercial storage business Ali Arc Logistics needed more space to store their products.

Blackdog Steelworks

Following nine years of business success, Blackdog Steelworks had outgrown their workshop and were on the lookout for new premises.

A custom-built steel structure was the ideal solution, and owner/developer Tony Davis-Collie and managing director Kevin Ogle, knew the Coresteel team could deliver the goods.

Blackdog Steelworks offer engineering services including design, fabrication, installation, and boat building.

Wide spans and a cost-effective, speedy build were high priorities in the quest to take Blackdog Steelworks to the next level. Coresteel’s Tapered Box Beam technology meant the 67.5m by 37m spans were a breeze to erect and their tapered design made sure the amount of steel in the structure was reduced, therefore lowering the cost.

The new 2498sqm building features two workshops, offices, amenities and a large lunchroom. The engineering workshop includes a 10-ton gantry crane, while the stainless steel workshop next door was custom-built for boat building. The large mezzanine office area is also a special feature, making use of the available ceiling space.  With Blackdog’s business growth exceeding expectations, another extension to this building is in the midst.


Whangarei’s Blackdog Steelworks outgrew their workshop and decided to commission a custom-built Coresteel solution.

Nga Taiatea Wharekura School Sports Canopy

The Nga Taiatea Wharekura School Sports Canopy further highlights the versatility of  the Tapered Box Beam.

Nga Taiatea Wharekura is a Kaupapa Maori secondary school for Year 9 to 13 students and is located in the west of Hamilton.

The school’s Board of Trustee’s required a canopy to cover their existing netball/tennis court. As a cover for a sports court, it was vital that the canopy covered the entire court, was high enough not to hinder sports being played and did not have bracing beams that would obstruct sports and encourage birds to roost. The canopy also needed to meet standards set by the Ministry of Education.

Coresteel’s Tapered Box Beam technology ticked all the boxes. The canopy is almost square, at 36.75m long by 38m wide and has a 4.15m knee height, with a 7.5m apex.  The end portal has been future-proofed to extend the canopy over the existing court area, when funding permits.

A similar 62m x 28m canopy was built recently for Fonterra Kauri in Northland.

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The students at Nga Taiatea Wharekura School in Hamilton are enjoying their all-weather sports area, courtesy of the new Coresteel-built canopy.

Placemakers Kaiapoi

Placemakers branches around New Zealand are turning to Coresteel for new premises. Placemakers Kaiapoi is the latest of three Placemakers buildings to be completed by Coresteel, with a further two currently under construction.

Placemakers is the trading name of Fletcher Distribution Limited, the retail trading arm of Fletcher Building Limited in New Zealand. Placemakers is New Zealand’s leading and largest supplier of building materials and hardware, with 58 stores, from Kaitaia to Invercargill.

The Kaiapoi building was the first to be constructed in Waimak Business Park (unofficial name) Christchurch, a development led by Jedd Pearse of Clampett Investments. The building is in a focal position, directly beside the State Highway 1 motorway.  It is hoped the development will feature a further 19 buildings.

The building utilises the bird/vermin resistant Tapered Box Beam structural system as well as cantilevered canopies in the main loading and entrance areas.

The building was modelled on Placemakers Whangarei, which was built in 2014, also using the Tapered Box Beam technology. Additionally, Placemakers have a truss plant in Whangarei.

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Placemakers Kaiapoi

Placemakers Kaiapoi is the latest of three Placemakers buildings to be completed by Coresteel, with a further two currently under construction.


A crafty collaboration between Ullrich Aluminium and Coresteel Buildings has allowed both companies to showcase their products in the structure of the new Ullrich Taranaki premises.

Ullrich Aluminium provides aluminium, cladding, extrusions, fasteners, ladders, scaffolding and more for the New Zealand, Australia, and Pacific regions.

The new steel building was a project between developer Peter Baylis from Vogue Properties and Gilbert Ullrich, Managing Director of Ullrich Aluminium.

Ullrich required a larger building, more suited to catering for the company’s varied product lines. Coresteel’s unique design features, such as bird/vermin resistant purlins, no apex or knee braces, wide spans (49.1m long by 22.45m wide) and a high ceiling for stock (7m knee height) were ideal.

The building was also the ideal time for Ullrich to showcase a number of their own products, such as cladding (Ulltraclad), an aluminium shop front, toilet partitions, and a mezzanine balustrade.

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The Ullrich Aluminium New Plymouth branch needed a larger building. In collaboration with Coresteel, they utilised the opportunity to showcase some of their own products in the new structure.

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