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Summerset Keneperu

04 Apr 2022 by Belcanto

Time Frames: Mid 2020 – September 2021

Architect: Summerset NZ

Façade Engineers: Oculus

Structural Engineers: Silvester Clark

Main Contractor: Summerset New Zealand

After many years of working with Summerset New Zealand, on the supply and installation of Balustrades, the newly formed Belcanto Group pitched an idea for a modular balcony system. The landmark Summerset development in Porirua, north of Wellington city centre, seemed ideal for this new, innovative approach to reproducing what is usually a complex part of any apartment project.

As with any new technology, someone has to be an early adopter. Working closely with the Summerset design team, external structural and façade engineers, we had to address and resolve some design complexities, mainly because the technology was unseen in New Zealand.

We showed how using our technology Summerset could reduce the overall project timeframes and provide cost savings while maintaining the traditional design intent of the concept. Which included keeping key features such as porcelain tile flooring and vertical balustrade finishes.

As part of the process, we also integrated additional components such as Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) services and column cladding systems into the overall balcony design.

Breaking up the design elements into manageable pieces and working with the required specialists to install these parts was crucial to achieving this goal.

Offsite production and assembling of the balconies cassettes meant when it came to installation, with some precise coordination from the principal contractor and specialist crane equipment, as a team, we made sure New Zealand’s first Grappler project started and finished on time, to budget and in one go.

Summerset Keneperu

Summerset Keneperu

Summerset Keneperu

Summerset Keneperu

New Zealand
We’ve been fabricating balustrades for decades now and supply a huge range of projects throughout New Zealand. With innovation and customised fabrication we win tenders for challenging commercial projects, large-scale civil infrastructure and bespoke architectural enhancements.About Company It has been a journey of measured paces and bold leaps across the decades. Now, with the arrival of BelCanto Group, we step ahead once more.The origins of our company started back in the 1980s when a small New Zealand engineering business began manufacturing steel fencing and gates for swimming pools.  The company thrived, winning new work and contracts regularly. However we were not comfortable with coasting along. After researching lead times and product life-spans we made the leap from steel to aluminium in the 90s and, with our team of designers, engineers and project managers, made the leap into the commercial sector.Here we increased our market presence with new product lines and manufacturing expertise. By the early 2000s we were well placed as one of New Zealand’s premier aluminium fabricators and in 2011 opened a purpose built factory and powder-coating plant in Levin.  With the two distinct divisions of the company requiring specific attention and support the big decision was made as the decade drew to a close to separate into new brands and businesses. Urban Group continued on with the fencing, gates and automation sphere. BelCanto Group was established to focus all of our balustrade, balcony and façade business.Now we are in the 20s and are on the front foot once more, building New Zealand’s beautiful. Here, ‘beautiful’ covers a lot of ground within our ethos.  Yes, it is the final result. But so too is it the process. Pragmatic efficiency is beautiful. Effective innovation is beautiful.  A lot has changed within the industry over the last three decades – and this rate of change looks set to accelerate. We will maintain pace with the industry and the needs of our clients, delivering pioneering solutions that ensure New Zealand’s built environment can continue to connect, protect and uplift its people.Looking back we are proud of our history, of the projects completed and the relationships forged. Looking forward, we are excited with the opportunities ahead. This is an exhilarating time to be working smarter and harder for our buildings, our towns, our cities and our communities. With a hugely experienced team, innovative business partners and our wide-ranging expertise we aspire to a beautiful tomorrow.


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