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New Zealand Defence Force


Pipitea, Wellington, New Zealand

Defence House

Following the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was forced to relocate their HQ offices into temporary locations and began the search for a permanent home. TSA Riley was engaged to work with NZDF to assess if the Bowen State Building would be suitable.

NZDF took over the lease of the Bowen State Building, acquiring approximately 26,000sqm of office space across 11 floors. NZDF introduced a number of changes to afford a high level of operational resilience and capacity. These included back-up generators to support the full building load for up to 72 hours, two UPS (N+N), and Zone 5 security perimeters in key areas that meet the Protective Security Requirements. NZDF HQ accommodates multiple Defence agency offices and satellite offices and is situated closely to parliament and other government organisations.

TSA Riley provided full project management services through all stages of the Sub-divisional Fitout (SHF), including briefing definition, design management, construction management and the preparation of a master integrated programme incorporating all workstreams.

TSA Riley successfully integrated significant design changes while managing and maintaining momentum of the construction works, minimising time and cost implications.