CONCRETE AND METALS of Motueka have played a mojor part in supplying concrete for the construction of Woollaston Estates' new $6 million underground winery in the hills at Mapua.
late August the project was well advanced with a 15m-high wall of
concrete slabs that will eventually be mostly hidden underground when
the project is finished.
The winery is part of the planned $15 million vineyard complex owned in partnership by Philip and Chan Woollaston and American investor Glen Schaeffer.
Philip Woollaston, Managing Director, said construction of the winery was about a month behind schedule after a wet winter but was still on target for the 2005 vintage at the end of the summer.
Resource consent was granted for the gravity-operated winery, the first of its kind in New Zealand, that includes more than 2000 cubic metres of insitu concrete plus precast panels.
The winery includes concrete beams weighing 30 tonnes each. It will have room for seating for 200 if needed as a function venue, when not being used as the working area for the barrels.
Mr Woollaston said while the concrete walls were high and imposing at this stage, they would soon be largely hidden.
“Only the roof will be exposed and it will be covered with soil and planted with tussocks and grasses to blend in with the landscape,’’ he said.
This roof will also be constructed from concrete which will include Golden Bay Cement’s Microsilica 600 additive.
Once completed, the winery in the hills behind Mapua would include a sorting and crushing area at ground level then a drop to the fermentation area and barrel hall which would be held at about 12 degrees Celsius by the cooling underground effect. It would also include a tasting room with an arched roof.
Concrete and Metals have provided all the insitu concrete which has been used for the foundations, flooring and general construction. They will also be providing the concrete for the roof.
Thelin Construction have provided the precast using Allied Concrete. Kidson Construction are the main contractors on the Woollaston winery project.