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Author Archive | Kylie Webster

  • Resco Compact Laminate properties “outstanding” at Wanganui Collegiate

    November 1, 2018

    The first major refit of boys’ boarding houses ablution facilities in at least thirty years is underway at Wanganui Collegiate School with Harvey and Hadfield House completed in June and work set to commence on Selwyn and Grey Houses in November. Facility manager Robin McGhie, employed last year to oversee a substantial “long overdue and well-received” refresh throughout the historic school, says all concerned are delighted with the finished result in the bathrooms and toilets of Harvey and Hadfield Houses. “It looks smart, it is practical, and the boys will take great pride in the new facilities,” says Robin. The boys are aged between Year 9 and Year 13, so it is a reasonable supposition the ablution areas are subject to high use and rugged wear. “We chose the hardiest cubicles available with the Resco Storm system.” Wet area walls are covered with Resco Multicom panels and Multicom has also Read More »[...]

  • Complex job in $300m Christchurch Precinct for Resco Compact Laminate

    September 30, 2018

    Minimalistic aesthetic attained whilst Resco resilience retained in the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct   The Precinct, which became operational in October 2017, is the largest multi-agency government co-location project in New Zealand’s history. The 42,000 sq m Christchurch site houses the Ministry of Justice and Christchurch-based judges, NZ Police, Department of Corrections, St John New Zealand, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency.   Architect Nick Warring, who led the team from Warren and Mahoney, Opus, and Cox Architecture, explains the public and staff restroom and ablution facilities in the Precinct were not only required to meet robust performance and design specifications but they had to do so within an already-set budget.   “There was a strong desire that a quality appropriate for a civic building was reflected throughout,” explains Nick, who commends the process of collaborating with Resco, resulting in customised refinements to their product. Read More »[...]

  • Colour Pops of Resco Compact Laminate at Wanaka Pool

    September 10, 2018

    The pool complex, which opened in June this year, is Stage Two of the Wanaka Recreation Centre which was completed two years ago. It features resilient, easy-care Resco cubicles and wall linings throughout all ablution areas. The new $12.8m facility features a 25m eight-lane lap pool, adult hot pool and a dedicated learners’ pool with separate toddlers’ area. The pool complex shares the main entrance and reception area with the Wanaka Recreation Centre but has its own changing facilities including male and female changing rooms, three family changing rooms and one wheelchair accessible changing room. For these facility areas, in contrast to the white and timber interior of the main pool area, and the rest of the centre (with a colour palette reflecting the local landscape), interior designer Kelly Harrison has gone for a departure she describes as “something fun and bright” to match the spirit of the swimmers. She Read More »[...]

  • Church’s Vision for a Design Fusion Incorporates Resco’s Black Hardware

    July 31, 2018

    Faith City Church creates stylish “community hub” utilising Resco Compact Laminate restroom range The new church space situated in the Manukau CBD was completed in December 2017. Faith City leaders sold their former warehouse building to establish in the central South Auckland location and refashion the building’s interior for their purposes, including a 340 seat church meeting space. Their vision is to function blending the many cultures within the community and connect with the existing urban commercial and retail movement around the site says church operations manager Paul Firth. “We are really pleased, it is looking good,” says Paul. Resilient Resco Compact Laminate Series 5000 toilet partitions and Resco’s classy new black-coloured hardware (including door indicators, hinges, cost hooks) were chosen upon the recommendation of Pocket Space Interiors director Laura Lochhead. Laura designed all the interiors of the church fitout and Paul says the wood, concrete and black colour blend Read More »[...]

  • Resco Compact Laminate handling knocks at Mt Smart

    July 1, 2018

    Large facility with multiple uses – Mt Smart Stadium refit includes tough Resco products Last winter (2017) Mt Smart Stadium’s West Stand refurbishment was completed, with Resco’s set of Compact Laminate systems used for the changing rooms and toilets. Resco’s solid core AntiBac panels were used for showers and toilets and Multicom wall lining product used on walls. Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, home of the Warriors Rugby League club and venue for other events such as large music concerts, requires facilities that cope with high volumes of people in short spaces of time. Resco supplies with great confidence, systems designed to cope with rough use and abuse, says Resco product specialist Troy Henriques. “Our robust aluminium framework for the partitions is designed to cope with all the frustration and abuse that may occur in sports change rooms”, says Troy. “The Multicom wall panelling is ideal for mitigating abuse, graffiti Read More »[...]

  • Minimal maintenance of Resco’s Compact Laminate products key factor for new Southwell School building

    June 7, 2018

    Resco’s Compact Laminate cubicles and wall lining specified by Hamilton architect firm with a long association with both Southwell and Resco Grant Jenkins of de Lisle Jenkins Architects says he had no hesitation specifying Resco’s Storm toilet cubicles and Multicom wall panelling for the toilets that are part of the new junior school building. “Resco Compact Laminate has been our ‘go to’ for years,” says Grant. “It is robust and requires minimal maintenance; it is Compact Laminate that is the preferred option for a lot of our clients providing high use facilities.” Southwell School in Hamilton is an independent co-educational day and boarding school for Years 1-8. The new building, completed in March this year, is for the junior pupils. It can take around 150 students and features a central multipurpose space which all six classrooms have direct access to via large doors. The toilets are accessible from outside via Read More »[...]

  • Resco Compact Laminate in $20 million Mangere school redevelopment

    May 1, 2018

    No more pre-fabs and leaky buildings for Koru School – built-to-last emphasis includes Resco toilet cubicles and wall linings Established with pre-fab buildings in 1978 and originally known as “Mangere 4 School”, Koru School eventually had permanent structures but they have had to be replaced due to leaky building issues. A two-storey learning space for over 600 pupils has been in use since March 2017 and this includes toilets on both levels fitted out with Resco Series 7000 cubicles and Resco Multicom wall linings.  School property manager Simon Jackson says past experience with old toilet cubicles “falling apart” and some past student behaviour meant “we needed strength” therefore Resco “ticked all the strong, durable boxes”. “Vandalism meant we had previously been spending a lot of time and money repairing things and we haven’t had to since the new (Resco) toilets have been in use,” says Simon. Graffiti – and there Read More »[...]

  • Durable Resco toilet cubicles fit aesthetic in Mediaworks’ floor refurbish

    December 12, 2016

    The “clean, minimal” appearance of Resco’s Series 5000 Compact Laminate toilet cubicles connects with the restructuring of Mediaworks’ bustling new Newshub floor.  The creation of the Newshub space is a response to today’s evolving media environment according to lead designer Jesse James Smith of workplace interior specialist firm Stack. “To create one large connected workspace for the new newsroom we relocated staff restroom facilities from the floor’s centre to the rear,” explain Jesse. “The concrete bones of the building were exposed for a raw industrial look and the Resco cubicles in New Graphite colour contrast this nicely with a minimal streamlined aesthetic.” Durability is also an important factor in choosing Resco Compact Laminate, especially given the staff headcount on the floor is increasing says Jesse. “The client was aware their previous toilets were well used, so they were understandably keen to make sure the new ones stood the test of Read More »[...]

  • Antimicrobial Technology Takes Hygiene in Public Areas to a New Level

    November 13, 2016

    The proven antibacterial properties of Resco’s Compact Laminate cubicle systems and wall panelling have been extended to include all Resco’s cubicle hardware. A new partnership with Metlam Ltd, a leading international supplier of toilet block hardware, allows Resco’s standard antibacterial toilet and shower partitioning system qualities to include all touch points such as indicator bolts, coat hooks and hinges. This means the active bacteria-killing properties of Resco’s Compact Laminate panels have, for the first time on the New Zealand market, been matched by antibacterial fittings and hardware. Resco’s ground-breaking and innovative Antibac antimicrobial protection (BioCote silver ion technology) reduces levels of bacteria on surfaces by up to 99% in just 2 hours and 99.99% within 24 hours, and is effective against a wide range of microbes.  (Tested under: International standard JIS Z 2801:2000) Says Resco general manager Troy Henriques: “We believe that this technology will significantly benefit our customers in toilet and shower blocks. Toilet blocks have long Read More »[...]

  • Minimalist Resco Cubicles Ideal for Wellington Airport Extension

    October 24, 2016

    Wellington Airport Terminal South Extension Project architect Katherine Skipper (principal, Warren and Mahoney) explains the recently completed extension called for two new toilet areas and the refurbishment of an existing one. Says Katherine: “It was important to ensure these blended with the other toilet areas in the airport.” In addition Katherine says she recognises the toughness and suitability of solid core Compact Laminate Resco cubicles in such a high use area. Opting for basic white colour Resco cubicles, modified to match others in use, resulted in achieving the desired minimal look. “We used a bold tile that we wanted to feature, so the cubicles needed to be plain with clean lines and finishing.” Warren and Mahoney have a long and ongoing relationship with Wellington Airport. Katherine Skipper has been acknowledged for her work on the extensions, engaging with clients and consultants as the complexities of designing and detailing within the Read More »[...]