Ironbank is a 4500m2, six-level mixed-used (retail and office) development on Karangahape Road, Auckland. The building also provides a mechanical, automated car stacker for 96 cars, which the robotic system racks in a four-level storage wall.
In 2009, it received three architecture awards, in the "commercial", "sustainable" and "urban design" categories of the NZIA Auckland awards. It then captured second place at the World Architecture Festival, a European award, making it the best-scoring New Zealand entrant ever at the festival, and being praised for "Its sophisticated attitude to the messy urbanity of south-central Auckland".
It was also mentioned in a The New Zealand Herald series where prominent Aucklanders nominated outstanding Auckland buildings constructed since 2000. Urban designer Ludo Campbell-Reid specifically noted that the building was greater than the sum of its parts, that it would help re-invigorate Karangahape Road and its backstreets, and that, unlike most buildings, it looked better from the back than from the front side
Chester Consultants' involvement was in the discipline of fire - preparing the fire engineering report and specific design.
2010 NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal
2010 NZIA New Zealand Award – Commercial
2010 NZIA New Zealand Award – Sustainable
World Architecture Festival Highly Commended
MIPIM Future Project Awards Highly Commended
2009 NZIA Auckland Architecture Award Winner – Commercial
2009 NZIA Auckland Architecture Award Winner – Sustainable
2009 NZIA Auckland Architecture Award - Urban Design
2009 Auckland City Council, Mayoral Award - Urban Design
2009 Metro - Best New Commercial Building: Ironbank
2009 Best Commercial Project - Progressive Building
2010 Best Awards – Gold Award
2011 Property Council Awards – Merit
Chester Consultants is a 100% NZ-owned, multi-disciplinary consultancy founded in 1985 by Gary Chester.
The team has since grown to 50+ specialist consultants including surveyors; civil, structural, and fire engineers; planners; project managers; and technical staff - offering an extensive range of professional services throughout New Zealand and the wider Pacific region.
The core of everything we do is People and Outcomes. We orient all aspects of our work around our clients and have built systems and strategies that make sure our clients’ needs are kept front and centre. This is why our defining statement is Positive People, Positive Outcomes. We work hard to deliver the best possible result for each client’s unique requirements and intentions.
Our team, our people, and our culture are instrumental in achieving the longevity and successes Chester enjoys. Through our engaged, high-performing team, we deliver excellent outcomes both inside and outside the Chester team. With over 35 years of operation and the deep collective experience of our team, we have the skills, experience, resources, and track record to give our clients confidence that their projects will be a success.