King Edward Barracks Car Park, Christchurch

Apr 12, 2018 2:17:41 PM   /   Simon Hoyle

KEB Car Park | Insol Ltd

King Edwards Barracks Car Park in Christchurch is over 20,000m² and provides 680 car parking spaces. It opened to the public in April 2017.

Client: Ngai Tahu Property

Architect: Warren & Mahoney

Contractor: Southbase Construction

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The Brief

We were engaged by the architects to provide a full design-build service of the louvred façade to each end of the building.

Key Challenges

  • The louvre profile was too large to be extruded by any NZ-based manufacturers.
  • The finishes were to be selected from a range of different shades of bronze anodising, forming a rhythmic colour pattern over the façade.

Our Approach

We designed and engineered:

  • a custom extruded blade profile that could be manufactured locally, allowing us to maintain tight control over the process
  • a secondary aluminium support structure for the individual louvre blades, which would transfer the load back to the primary steel columns
  • a concealed bracketry system to provide a clean and aesthetically appealing finish
  • high-performance double-bank ventilation louvres (working alongside the window subcontractor), which were glazed into the window joinery frames.


Starting with the initial brief, we developed a structurally sound and buildable solution, whilst retaining the architectural intent. The result was a high quality, functional and striking building.


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