Gartshore is currently approaching the next stage of Tauranga’s oldest building transformation from a post office into a bespoke bar & restaurant with a 10 room boutique hotel occupying the first floor. This is the fit out stage which is where the alterations get exciting. This year has been full on with tearing down walls, ripping out and replacing original foundations and structural beams. The floor has also been strengthened, to take increased loading for the bar and restaurant patrons. It has now been brought up to code whilst keeping the essence of the historic building and the importance of the history of Tauranga relevant.
Shown below are some photos demonstrating the work we have undertaken to strengthen the building and ensure it exceeds the latest building standards, whilst extremely challenging it was also very rewarding for the team on the ground to be able to achieve this due to the historical significance of the building. There is a photo of a new structural wall installed; this is to provide a wider opening to the accessible kitchen, with a chef’s table centered for patrons to sit at, whilst also carrying the load of the structural elements buried within the new hotel walls.
Following the completion of the foundation works, we have been able to install 1.5km of recycled hardwood flooring that has seamlessly tied into the existing flooring still in place again enabling parts of the original building to stay present. The internal wall framing has started taking shape on the first floor of the boutique hotel. In addition to this with a bit of fine weather we have succeeded in getting the exterior of the building prepped, repaired and painted with more modern colouring’s to show an elegant finish whilst still receiving the approval of Heritage New Zealand.
Keeping up with the positive start, Gartshore are making fantastic progress and are aiming to be finished later in 2018. In addition; the Smythe Family trust who own the building now are thrilled to have the opportunity to open the building up to the public; “It’s going to be fabulous” said Isobel Smythe, a trustee of the trust.
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