Sustaining critical damage from the 2011 Canterbury quakes, Farmers Rangiora was closed off to the public, and subsequently demolished in 2014.
Designed by Ignite Architects, and
constructed by Watts & Hughes, the new 6,500sqm Farmers Rangiora provides an innovative
building design for the retail brand, while maintaining the local streetscape
character, reviving and adding a sense of vibrancy to the town’s centre.
Ignite Architects specified Sto, incorporating our StoPoren Panel Facade System with over 900sqm of exterior facade construction, that was juxtaposed with dark metal cladding to break down the buildings scale. Additionally 300sqm of S-Protect Anti Graffiti Coating System was applied across exterior pedestrian levels.
Installed and rendered by Advanced Exterior Plastering, the StoPoren Panel Facade System is made up of 2200 x 600 x 50mm Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) panels, reinforced with ductile steel. Also scoped were areas of 100mm thick panel; which allowed for the negative off set in the facade design. The panels fixed horizontally in a brick like pattern, create an economical, solid yet light-weight facade.
Gaining popularity in commercial builds for it’s light-weight properties, ventilated cavity design, non-combustibility and thermal and acoustic properties; StoPoren Panel not only is easy to work but is quick to install, lowering construction times. Reinforced with a StoArmat Render System incorporating a Stolit K 1.0mm finishing render, provides maximum system longevity, security and weather resistance - future proofing the build with a sustainable and reliable facade, combating urban mechanical stresses and also seismic movement.
Another innovative Sto product used
on Farmers Rangiora was the S-Protect Anti Graffiti Coating System, which was
applied 3.0m in height across all rendered and precast panel areas. This clear
coating system, perfect for public areas consists of a clear matt water based
coating that can be used to guard against graffiti attacks. The two pack
reactive formula provides a hard, durable barrier that can be easily cleaned
using S-Protect Sensitive or Hi Strength cleaners to remove un-wanted graffiti
Farmers Rangiora is a great example of planning, communication and performance that reflects on the Sto principles of “building with conscience”. It’s great to see Farmers back in Rangiora once again.
Architect: Ignite Architects
Construction: Watts & Hughes Construction
Sto Contractor: Advanced Exterior Plastering
Photos: Stephen Goodenough