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HIGH EXPOSURE Clyde Quay Wharf’s exposed location determined the choice of durable VM Zinc cladding from Wakefield Metals Wellington Harbour is renowned for its strong winds, and the Clyde Quay Wharf development needed to be able to withstand both the force of gale-force winds and the constant battering of salt-laden sea spray. VM Zinc, a specialist in high-quality rolled zinc for cladding and roofing applications, was commissioned to come up with a suitable cladding solution for the project. The company says it worked closely with local engineers, and utilised the skills and experience of the design team at Aquaheat Classic Metal – the firm is a recommended installer of VM Zinc products, which are distributed in New Zealand by Wakefield Metals. The team specified Pigmento Brown zinc. This features on the external wall cladding and soffits. Pigmento Brown zinc is particularly well suited to a marine environment, and the colour blends well with the surrounding material finishes. VM Zinc says a bespoke interlocking panel 24 search | save | share at system was required, as the project called for an engineered panel that was larger and thicker than standard to meet the wind loads – the gauge of this zinc is 1.2mm. “The curved panels at the bottom of the western facade were another tricky design element, which required a specially designed structural fixing system. Aquaheat Classic Metal, which also fabricated and installed all the zinc cladding, was able to accommodate these custom designs and provide the precision work skills required for a highend project of this nature.” For details, contact Wakefield Metals, Private Bag 92918, Onehunga, Auckland 1643, phone (09) 633 0301. Email: Or visit the websites: and save & share 45699 at Above:VM Zinc features on the external cladding and soffits at Clyde Quay Wharf. The preweathered Pigmento Brown zinc was supplied by New Zealand distributor Wakefield Metals, and fabricated and installed by Aquaheat Classic Metal. Wakefield Metals has premises in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.