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New beach access for Waikanae

Kapiti Coast District Council wanted to provide a safer, more easily maintained and sustainable alternative to their existing timber/gravel access ramp at Waikanae beach, in New Zealand. The new pathway is almost twice as long as the previous path, thereby reducing the gradient and making the beach more accessible.

Replas’ New Zealand distributor, Metal Art Ltd, worked with Diamond Club contractor Ashplundh Ltd to remove the existing structure, re-route the pathway and then supply and install recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ decking from Replas to create the perfect beach access.

  


The results are in

The Replas 100 mm bollard has just completed a 12 month trial in the harsh ground of New Zealand’s Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. This unique landscape takes its toll on timber sign posts, fences and boardwalks as the sulphuric acid rapidly carbonises wood, turning it black in much the same way fire does. The trial aimed to see how recycled plastic would stand up to the tough conditions.

When it was pulled from the ground this week, apart from a sulphur residue, the bollard hadn’t changed shape, melted, or degraded in any way. On removal the bollard was too warm to keep hold of and the steam coming out of the vent hole where it was sitting was 95° C, yet the bollard looked as good as the day it went in.

Click on  the videos below to see the results

  

Construction has commenced

Kapiti Coast District council, just north of Wellington, in New Zealand, wanted to provide a safer more easily maintained alternative to their existing timber/gravel access ramp at Waikanae Beach. Replas New Zealand distributor, Metal Art Ltd is working with Diamond Club Member Asplundh to remove the existing structure, re-route the pathway and supply and install an Enduroplank™ beach access pathway in its place.

  

Auckland Spring Horticultural Trade Day

In New Zealand, the Auckland Spring Horticultural Trade Day is a landscape industry show run twice yearly. Held this year on 14 August it is attended by landscapers, council parks staff, nurseries, growers and garden centres. Replas products were a big hit during the day with the Enduroplank™ deck drawing the most attention.

New design course for New Zealand

Replas New Zealand distributor, Metal Art Ltd will sponsor a course at Victoria University in Wellington. The course is offered through the Faculty of Architecture and Design and aims to develop and design an item of furniture for a learning environment. Metal Art will provide a lecture, and workshop visits for the students as well as sponsoring an award for the winning design.

Seats for schools

Seats, manufactured by Replas New Zealand distributor, Metal Art, were installed at Milton School in Otago by Cook Brothers Construction over a year ago. The seats which incorporate brown recycled-plastic slats still look as good as the day they were installed. Ian, the caretaker at the school, said, ‘The seats are a perfect match for the outdoor cloakroom area and we are delighted that the slats can be so easily cleaned’.

I’m a survivor

In New Zealand some of the worst storms in 30 years have left Wellington battered. With winds up to 200 km per hour, power was cut to the region and homes were left severely damaged.

A Metal Art Civic Seat, made using Replas recycled-plastic slats, was exposed to all that the elements could throw at it and has survived unscathed.

NZ Fieldays comes to an end

Competition was stiff on the last day at the 45th New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays to guess how many two-litre milk bottles made up a Dolphin Beachcomber Seat. By the end of the day the rain came down, just as the display tent did, on what was a very successful expo for the Replas team.

New Zealand Replas expo swamped with visitors

A misty morning start to the 45th New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays gave way to a bright sunny morning. Over 11,000 visitors poured through the gates in the first half hour of opening and by the end of the day 26,000 people had the opportunity to visit the Replas display area.

Let’s get set

The Replas New Zealand had an early start setting up for the 45th New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays. The carefully constructed Enduroplank™ deck that was a special feature of the display tent.