“If you need guidance through the labyrinth of compliance and construction options for your Heritage project, we can help”
Insight Unlimited are award-winning Heritage Building Restoration Specialists. In 2016 we were privileged to be awarded several commendations as part of the Canterbury Heritage Awards. Our passion for Heritage work has seen us complete projects throughout New Zealand and Australia.
We have been fortunate enough to have worked on projects which were built near the very beginning of European settlement in New Zealand including ornate Homesteads, theatre halls, early settler’s cottages, courthouses, a government customs house and more. These structures represent the cultural identity of our country and as such the stringent compliance requirements of the planning, design, approval, consent, and construction processes are rightly complex.
Our team has a proven track record of successfully managing these processes, delivering these buildings back to their former glory in the most sympathetic manner. “The Cottage looks just as good before the works started only better” - Stoddart Cottage, 1876.
Since the earthquake events in the South Island of New Zealand, we have project managed the repair of over 65 heritage listed buildings for both local government and private parties. Our approach is to pay meticulous attention to detail from inception to post construction.
We have been able to combine innovative structural solutions with traditional building techniques to deliver cost-effective and sympathetic results. Insight Unlimited ensures that the three key pillars of a successful project delivery; time, cost and quality, are managed proactively with steps taking at each stage to maximise each element for our clients. During this time, we have aligned ourselves with many likeminded professionals Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Artisans. This unique collaboration of intellectual property mixed with the skills of the craftsman brings together a group of specialists who are experts in returning your heritage building back to its former elegance.
“The highly skilled specialist staff at Insight were a pleasure to work with. They kept us fully informed during the long repair process, including detailed information on budgets, costings, timing, project management, heritage and Council requirements. I have no hesitation in recommending Insight Unlimited to other parties who have a difficult or complex building project, particularly one with heritage values.” – Charles Deans, Chairman, Riccarton Bush Trust.
A sample of the projects that demonstrate the diversity of the Heritage works undertaken are listed below;
• Mona Vale Homestead, Christchurch; located in the mona vale gardens this building is an icon of the South Island, originally built between 1899 and 1900.
• The Sign of the Kiwi, Christchurch; a frequent weekend destination for many, located on the top of Dyers Pass and Summit Road completed in 1917.
• The Gaiety Hall, Akaroa; originally the Odd Fellows Hall, this 260 seater music hall and theatre was built in 1879.
• Riccarton House, Christchurch; a popular building which hosts one of the most idyllic weekend markets in the country, originally constructed in 1856.
• The Custom House, Akaroa; built in 1854, this building is an early example of the simplicity of New Zealand colonial architecture.
• Victoria Clocktower, Christchurch; originally constructed in 1864 to be the top section of a tower within the Canterbury Provincial Chambers, this ornate tower stands proudly on the prominent intersection of Victoria St, Montreal St and Salisbury St.
• Sign of the Takahe, Christchurch; remembered by many as one of the countries most reputable fine dining restaurants, built over a period of 20 years between 1918 and 1949.
Heritage projects are complex yet both professionally and personally rewarding, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the specific requirements of your project and come up with a tailored solution.