‘Sophisticated’ winery blends with environment


A new $70m facility has taken shape in the heart of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, and is one of New Zealand’s largest and most technologically advanced wineries. 


Richard Bullock, manager of Capital Projects at Delegat’s Wine Estate Ltd (Delegat’s), the owners of the facility, says a considerable amount of research has gone into the project.


 Employing technology from the leading wine regions of the world, including California and South Australia, the best minds from New Zealand and around the world have been assembled to ensure a world-class outcome. 


To meet their objectives Delegat’s gave project architect Gavin Robins of Stiles and Hooker a very clear brief that the building elements of the facility should be sophisticated and have attitude to refl ect their super premium brand while, at the same time, being in harmony with its environment. 


Mr Robins says the winery is of such a scale that it is diminished only by its majestic surroundings. Environmental harmony “The building is high tech in nature but is in harmony with its environment. It has life, a soul and attitude. It is sophisticated, it has beauty, it is important and it provides stimulation. 


This amenity will be an asset to the Marlborough District.” The drape curved roof features three layers and single sheets of Dimondek 630 up to 59.45 metres in length curved over a 250 metre radius. These huge dimensions were made possible by Dimond’s on-site manufacturing unit. 


Roofing sheets that are transported can only typically be a maximum of 30 metres long, but there are few restrictions in terms of sheet length if they are made on-site. 


Dimond marketing communications manager Scott Townsend says the roofing at the winery is curved over the length of the building and, given the sheet lengths involved and design of the building, Dimondek 630 is the only product in New Zealand that could have been used. Many eye-catching designs However, the unique roof is just one of many eyecatching design features. 


The 3600 sq m of cladding used for the winery uses Dimond Corrugate with the roofing ° ° ° The 3600 sq m of cladding used for the winery uses Dimond Corrugate with the Colorcote ZR8 paint system on the exterior.

Colorcote ZRX paint system used on the interior and Colorcote ZR8 on the exterior. Four different colours were specially formulated by Pacific Coil Coaters to form the external banded effect that refl ects the colours in the surrounding environment, and serves as a visual reduction of the height of the facility. 


On the other side of the Dimond Corrugate, Habitats Metallic Silver was chosen to give the internal walls a modern industrial look. 


This was in keeping with the stainless steel wine cellars and tanks, as well as complementing the 10,800 sq m internal ceiling finished again in Dimond Corrugate but this time in unpainted Zincalume. 


The natural lighting used over the fruit receival area was curved Dimond Corrugate in Durolite, and created a “naturally” lit area underneath for the operators while providing an effective visual contrast with the steel roofi ng from above. 


Mr Bullock notes that every person who goes into this area of the winery spends time simply looking skyward admiring the fi nished outcome. Dimondek 630 in Dimond Durolite was also used as natural lighting over the process room. 


DHS steel purlins were used in the roof structure and as girts in the wall structure. The installation of the roofi ng, cladding and natural lighting was carried out by JV Roofi ng Ltd, a joint venture company formed by Wayman Roofi ng Services Ltd and Graham Hill Roofi ng Ltd, both of Christchurch. 


Both are Dimond Certified Commercial Installers, and their skill and experience were essential in ensuring the successful completion of the project. John Jones Steel Ltd of Christchurch was responsible for the steel fabrication and installation of the DHS Purlins.


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