Reopened in time for Anzac Day, a war memorial in Auckland’s Mount Roskill originally commissioned under legendary mayor Keith Hay has been given a makeover following considerable community efforts and design competition. The award winning design concept by three Auckland University Students includes angular berms, custom paving and cast concrete solutions, all supplied by Jagas Paving.
Jagas Paving is proud to have contributed expertise in custom precast concrete to upgrading the surrounds of War Memorial Park’s historic epitaph in time for Anzac Day.
- Custom concrete mixture includes seismic fibre and waterproofing admixture
- Custom concrete pavers of various colours and sizes were made by Jagas in Auckland
- Complex sloping nib wall and paving design delivered on spec, in a short timeframe
When John Filmore Contracting (JFC) were contracted by Auckland Council to upgrade the war memorial in Mt Roskill, they selected Jagas Paving to provide the precast concrete wall structure. Jagas General Manager, Warwick Smith, fine-tuned the concrete specifications and improved the method of fastening the wall to the ground.
Tony Munro, Contract Mananger at JFC said “It was great to work with Jagas Paving again – I know we can rely on them to deliver a project on spec and on time, and their experience in creating specialised concrete mixes and making custom concrete paving stones is always useful.
“The specific dimensions and profile of this project meant that we needed experts on the job. The technical guys at Jagas offered some design ideas on a practical level, which speeded up installation.
“The mix design was also tweaked with oxides and cement additives to ensure exceptional resilience and durability – and their production team worked through the Christmas break to deliver on time for Anzac Day. The team at Jagas Paving went above and beyond the call of duty on this project.”
Jagas Paving were able to meet the designer’s specifications for the 300 sqm of concrete pavers that will surround the memorial perfectly, and cast the concrete pavers in a range of hues and sizes at their East Tamaki factory. This removed the need to import tiles from Australia as planned, saving the council both time and expense.
The war memorial project was time pressured and the Jagas team worked across the Christmas break to deliver.
“That’s just the kind of people we are; hearts as big as cabbages!” laughs Smith, Jagas Paving General Manager; “Projects like this show our teams’ commitment to delivering an exceptional result.”
The concrete for the sloping nib wall was reinforced against geological movement using seismic fibre, which provides tensile strength, and good flexibility.
Jagas also used the admixture Krystol to provide waterproofing and strength. Guaranteed for 25 years, Krystol is a special compound which strengthens concrete by continually growing to infill any porous areas or new cracks with crystalline structures. For these properties it is used often for strengthening and preserving dykes in Holland.
The complex design meant that the 27 concrete wall lengths needed different angles and tapers, so Jagas form-cast them in four metre units, creating a form built with rustic timber to provide the specified texture. Eliminating the need for any engraving, Jagas cast the words ‘We will remember them’ directly into the wall sections with a custom form.
The wall was coloured to a classic dark charcoal with 699 oxide pigment from Peter Fell, resulting in a stylish, resilient structure that will commemorate our soldiers for many, many years to come.
We will remember them – revitalising a War Memorial
The 1950’s War Memorial Cenotaph and parade ground in Mount Roskill was redesigned after the local board was pressured by the local historical society. Four objectives were identified and created a competition brief for university students of architecture and landscape architecture, with Senior Lecturer Bill McKay the head of five judges.
The winning concept from Thomas Huang, Pete Wang and Tina Xie of Auckland University’s school of Architecture and Planning, Liz Oldfield of Auckland Council managed the design detail, the work was completed by John Fillmore Contractors (JFC) with custom paving and cutting edge concrete solutions produced by Auckland’s Jagas Paving. The win by these young immigrants being quite fitting, as the Mount Roskill area is known for its multicultural community.
Unveiled on April 21, the parade area around the cenotaph is now smartly framed by angular berms, which are retained by custom formed concrete which Jagas set “We will remember them” into. The berms on the south and East side form a V and slope in towards the monument. Custom made pavers of contrasting sizes, textures and shades flow down the steps and away from the cenotaph, forming a cross that is situated South to North and East West, cleverly drawing attention to the monument and increasing appeal to area as a place for people of all backgrounds to relax and reflect.
To complement the Coromandel Granite used on the cenotaph, Jagas designed and produced the precast nib wall coloured with Peter Fell oxide pigment. The berms required 27 cast concrete sections of varying angles and tapers to achieve the oblique result, which borders the enlarged parade ground. The Parade ground’s angles create a visual link to the roofline of the nearby War Memorial hall
The parade ground can now cope with the several hundred people expected on Anzac day and also includes attractive seating which offer a contemplative place to rest. Either side of the flag pole, at the north end of the parade ground is a roll of honour including 33 names of local residents who fought in World War One.
Tony Munro of JFC credits Jagas technical knowledge as being vital to the result. “The specific dimensions and profile of this kind of project meant that the technical knowledge from Jagas was invaluable, their design experience sped up delivery, while their team worked through Christmas to ensure deadlines were met in time for Anzac Day.”
“Projects like this drive you to deliver your absolute best. We’re especially proud that we were able to deliver with local product and expertise and we’re certain the result will stand the test of time, aesthetically and functionally.” says Warwick Smith, General Manager of Jagas.
“To ensure durability, the concrete was reinforced against geological movement using seismic fibre and the concrete mixes actually contain additives which are used to strengthen dykes in Holland, the additive will continually grow and fill porous areas and minor cracks.”
The cenotaph and nearby War Memorial Hall were originally completed in the 1950’s, and were the work of architect Stephen G Wright at the time when Keith Hay was mayor of the borough, the mayor contributing his own money to the original project’s completion.