Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre

Client: Auckland War Memorial Museum

Project description:

Redevelopment of the old “1866 Gallery” at Auckland War Memorial Museum as the first stage of the larger Future Museum project, to make way for the new Pou Maumahara: Memorial Discovery Centre.

The project was split into base build and fitout elements that were designed and delivered concurrently, requiring careful coordination between the two designs.

The project had to be completed significantly ahead of the Armistice Day 2017 opening date to allow for the joinery to ‘off gas’ ahead of the exhibits being placed on display.

Our role

Xigo were engaged as project manager for all phases of the project, including design management, procurement and construction, as well as acting as Engineer to the Contract as defined by NZS:3910.

Main challenges

  • Significant Heritage restoration
  • Throughout construction a protected access route was required to be provided all times to maintain circulation throughout the building for public and fire egress. Due to staging requirements, this circulation path was required to be relocated on a number of occasions to allow the contractor to undertake the works. This saved the client from having to employ additional staff to monitor the number of people in the adjacent galleries in case of fire
  • Detailed daily planning was required as all materials had to be loaded into site outside of ‘normal’ working hours
  • Dust and vibration had to be closely monitored throughout construction to ensure no disturbance to the adjacent galleries; while construction noise had to be kept to a minimum to avoid any impact to visitor experience during museum operating hours.