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True Oak Roofing Restores Character to Pumphouse Theatre

A former water pumping station that from 1905 supplied Lake Pupuke water to North Shore's early settlers, Takapuna's Pumphouse began its current lease of life as theatre and arts venue in the 1970's after being rescued from demolition by local residents. Following the Christchurch earthquake, the structural integrity of the building was again scrutinised, and in 2014 the Pumphouse roof was replaced.

Heritage specialists Dave Pearson Architects consulted on the construction and specified True Oak corrugated roofing, colour coated in Sandstone Grey to complement the brick exterior of the building.

Matt Davey of Dave Pearson Architects says that when restoring heritage buildings, recreating the detail is imperative and it has become increasingly difficult to find products that accurately replicate original features — and often a bespoke solution is required.

"True Oak's wide, deep profile provided greater definition and detail than standard corrugate and matched what might have been used originally. We were fortunate to discover True Oak which is an off-the-shelf product that's as good as a bespoke solution."

Matt adds that True Oak has become their "go-to" roofing product — for all projects, not just heritage restorations. "It was the first time we'd used it, but we were extremely pleased with the end result and we've specified it ever since."

While the deep wave profile of True Oak creates its striking aesthetic, the profile is also what makes True Oak much stronger than standard corrugate; the superior strength of True Oak reduces the risk of foot traffic damage and allows for a lower roof-pitch capability and greater water carrying capacity.

True Oak corrugated roofing is designed to stimulate the imagination of building designers and is ideal for use as a wall or ceiling cladding in both horizontal or vertical applications in commercial and residential projects.

Main Contractor: Legacy Construction
Roofing Contractor: Metro Roofing
Architect: Dave Pearson Architects

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