New Samoan Consulate Complex

Fraser Thomas has been engaged by the Government of Samoa to provide surveying and engineering services for a new Consulate building and associated Fale (meeting house), Malae (courtyard) and car parking on an existing vacant site in Mangere designed by Walkers Community Architects.

This project involved working with the project architect and multiple other consultants from other companies, including planners, structural, traffic and building services engineers and arborists.  Our role in the project included:

  • Detailed site topographical survey
  • Field investigations – civil infrastructure, geotechnical, contaminated land
  • Earthwork design, erosion and sediment controls including silt fences and decanting earth bunds
  • Civil design of roading, accessways and car parking and water supply, stormwater and wastewater reticulation, stormwater treatment
  • Preparation of Infrastructure, Engineering and Stormwater Reports and AEE in support of Resource Consent Applications to Auckland Council
  • Detailed design and preparation of tender documentation for civil works package
  • Geotechnical monitoring, testing and completion reporting during earthworks
  • Observation of the civil works including earthworks, roading and public drainage
  • Site survey establishment and building set out.

The site is underlain by peaty soils which resulted in a lightweight alternative to compacted hard fill, of structural grade polystyrene fill being used while services for the Airport run under the site at relatively shallow depth, presenting challenges for earthworks and drainage design.

All consents have been gained and construction is currently in progress.

Expertise provided:

  • Surveying
  • Geotechnical
  • Contamination
  • Civil

Project cycle:

  • Investigations
  • Preliminary design
  • Consenting
  • Detailed design
  • Tendering (civil works)
  • Site survey establishment and building setout
  • Construction observation (civil and geotech)