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The Northlake Commercial Project: Balancing Complexity and Innovation

In the heart of North Wanaka: Redefining architectural brilliance

In the picturesque setting of North Wanaka, a groundbreaking project emerged, redefining the limits of architectural brilliance and functional design. Led by Cook Brothers Construction and featuring the engineering prowess of UNEX Systems, this project stands as a testament to meticulous planning and innovative thinking in modern construction.

UNEX Systems: Pioneering balustrade engineering

UNEX Systems, renowned for their engineering expertise in aluminium balustrade systems, was instrumental in this project. Their diverse product range, including the versatile Hampton, Finline, and Topline styles, met the bespoke aesthetic and functional requirements of the Northlake complex with finesse.

Custom balustrades: Merging aesthetics with functionality

The challenge was to design a balustrade system that not only complemented the building's aesthetics but was also functional and easy to install for UNEX's Commercial Supply Partner. UNEX's custom Hampton Style variation, with modifications to the bottom rails, led to seven unique designs and site specific PS1's. These variations maintained a coherent visual theme while accommodating the architect's visionary demands.

Complex brief for balustrades and handrails: meeting multifaceted needs

The task was formidable: supply a complete set of balustrades and handrails for a mixed-use space, each designed for both aesthetics and functionality. This required diverging from standard designs to meet specific architectural needs.

Efficiency in fabrication and installation: A collaborative approach

Aiming for efficiency, UNEX introduced a new bottom rail design, focusing on ease of manufacture and installation. UNEX partnered with several local engineering firms, streamlining various assembly and installation stages. This collaboration was vital for managing the large-scale fabrication efficiently.

Innovative solutions and complex substrate fixings

The project demanded innovative solutions for complex fixings. Customised angle brackets for the solid bottom rails and concealed fixing channels were developed to maintain a sleek appearance. Exposed fixings were cleverly hidden, preserving the aesthetic integrity.

Collaboration and creativity in substrate fixings

Certain aspects of substrate fixing were extraordinarily complex, requiring extensive collaboration between all stakeholders. This cooperative effort led to safe and workable solutions.

Safety and aesthetics: The addition of inset Leada Handrails

The project also featured inset Leada handrails on external stairways, enhancing both safety and aesthetics. This addition showcased UNEX's commitment to functional design.

Streamlining fabrication with local partners

UNEX's systematic collaboration with local partners combined unique skill-sets and synergies, optimising results. UNEX provided overarching design and technical expertise, while their Commercial Supply Partner managed on-site aspects with efficiency.

A testament to quality and collaboration

As UNEX looks at the completed Northlake Project, it stands as a testament to what can be achieved through collaboration, innovation, and a relentless commitment to quality. This project, blending style and functionality, will serve the Wanaka community for years to come.

UNEX Systems offers unparalleled engineering expertise in custom aluminium balustrade solutions for your specific project needs. Contact UNEX for site-specific designs that blend safety, quality, and aesthetics. Learn more

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