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From the Resene News - issue 4/2018

Floor +

It’s always a thrill to work on landmark projects and Te Papa is certainly in this category.

The project involved 1,100 square metres of Tasmanian Oak tongue and groove wooden floorboards, a 29-rise raked staircase, 204 square metres of tongue and groove custom-made wall and ceiling panelling, bleachers, 16 floor boxes with brass trim, and a custom-made handrail, all coated with Resene ProSelect low VOC 2K waterborne polyurethane. As a testament to the sheer scale of the project, this quantity of Tasmanian Oak wooden flooring wasn’t available in New Zealand and needed to be specifically imported.

Te Papa flooring

The construction of the stairs had a ‘design and build’ aspect with many of the details being debated collaboratively by the builder, architect and coatings applicator using experience gained from other projects before being agreed upon.

The handrail had to be manufactured in three pieces and fitted together on site to achieve the complicated yet stunning design.

Working in a fully operational museum had its challenges, and James Henry, with up to 10 skilled tradespeople on site at busy times, worked with Te Papa staff to assist with a seamless operation. The contract ran for two months, with much of the work scheduled at night to enable the museum and restaurant to operate as normal.

Resene ProSelect low VOC 2K waterborne polyurethane was chosen for use throughout as a reliable, durable and quick-drying product that the contractor has used on many contracts, both commercial and residential, with reliably great results, after first being introduced to it during the product’s design phase two years ago.

Te Papa flooring

Architectural specifier: Warren & Mahoney
Building contractor: Hawkins
Coating applicator: James Henry

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