The Vulcan

High Density Residences without Compromising Liveability

Aside from sounding cool, The Vulcan apartment complex fills an interesting niche in Auckland’s residential market. The development consists of two 10 level towers with 38 apartments between them, 2 levels of parking, and an internal courtyard. The goal was to create affordable apartments on a tight budget without compromising the quality of dwellings. Cosgroves handled all aspects of buildings services including fire engineering & protection.

Walking the Tight Rope: Budget and Quality

Many developers are well aware of the need to balance budget with quality, especially with residential builds where compromising quality can end up costing far more in the long-run. Contending with contaminated soil and a relatively small site, the design team identified areas that were likely to run over-budget.

Our role was to deliver optimal building services design that ensured a quality output without investing in costly simulations or solutions. We achieved this through a pragmatic and clear approach to each discipline, offering transparency around the areas that might increase costs. These included mechanical ventilation and fire separations in the constrained basement area that prevented eventual issues in the tender process.

A Realistic Scope and Excellent Results

The Vulcan is a great example of how we can adapt our scope of services to fit the needs of a given project. When operating on a tight budget, we prioritise liveability and functionality. By working closely with the client and architect, we identified high-cost areas and were clear about these from the outset. This way, there were no surprises down the track and we were able to surpass expectations for building services.

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