Press Building

Project Overview

This buildings fa├žade was completed prior to the Christchurch earthquakes of 2011.

  • PW1000 Unitised Curtainwall
  • Double glazing with spider fittings
  • PW400 Unitised Curtainwall
  • Delta HD Commercial windows
  • Channel glazing
  • Louvres
  • Mesh security screen
  • Toughened glass canopy
  • Composite Cladding

The buildings structure was designed to move 50mm / inter-floor horizontal movement - Through visual identification post earthquake via markings left from sliding flashings and shuffled internal partitions we believe it is possible the floors moved up to 200-250mm of horizontal movement - proving the building performed exceptionally well.

Of the Double glazed spider fixed front decade 25% of the panes suffered from shattering but remained in place - still held by the spider fixing - performing beyond expectations considering the considerable horizontal and vertical acceleration Christchurch was exposed to during the two large events of June 2011 5.9 & 6.0 Richterscale / December 2011 5.9 & 6.0 Richterscale.

All other curtain-wall elements were checked and re-warranted for the client.


Baker Kavanagh / Weir Walker Architects

Ganellen Construction