By NZHJ December 01, 2020 NZ Made

The story behind Allegion NZ's significantly upgraded and future-proofed new Avondale premises.

Allegion NZ formally launched its new premises with an open house on 19 November.

Guest speaker Sir Michael Jones provided some unique insights into Allegion’s culture and support of the local community.

Guests were then given the opportunity to tour the new premises, followed by drinks and food and much industry networking.

Suffice to say it was high time for a new facility. The original factory on Rosebank Road was built in the 1970s with an asbestos roof, which needed to be repaired or replaced.

In addition to the health and safety risks of a renovation, the current factory, warehouse and office no longer met the operation's current and future business needs.

Various options were considered, but ultimately the decision was made to subdivide the site, selling the front portion of land with existing buildings and developing a new facility on the vacant land near the rear of the existing site.

The new 5,800m2 facility provides Allegion's team of 100 with a safe and healthy work environment, along with many convenient amenities.

There is a new showroom to display new product innovations, a 100m2 training room, meeting rooms with full video conferencing capabilities, and space to grow all parts of the business.

The new facilities will also of course significantly increase Allegion's local manufacturing core competencies, with far more warehouse and manufacturing space plus a new and fully automated gantry-type electroplating plant (photo below) and a polishing shop.

By controlling the end-to-end processes, Allegion says that its lead-times on special finishes will reduce to 10 working days.

The building design also factored in features to help boost employee engagement.

"We envisioned a building with spirit," says Brendon Simpson, New Zealand Managing Director.

"We designed a practical, functional, well-constructed building that expresses and exposes its materials and structure."  

"Employees at Allegion New Zealand are extremely excited about the move," he says.

"They feel privileged to be part of this defining event in the history of the New Zealand business."

The team also prioritised sustainability when designing the building structure, including suitable insulation, double glazing in the office, low water-usage plumbing fittings, LED low energy lighting with motion sensing, roof structures and external façade to reduce glare and solar gain and electric car chargers for a future fleet of vehicles.

On top of which the bright and friendly offices look out across the mangroves towards the Upper Harbour.

See the photos below for a flavour of Allegion NZ's new home and its first open home event.

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