Bayfair Countdown Shopping Centre Expansion

Bayfair Countdown Shopping Centre Expansion

Hampden was initially approached by Architects Woodhams Meikle Zhan (WMZ) alongside structural engineers Beca in 2017 to consult and design large acoustic gates for the project. Hampden then fabricated and installed the gates for Foster Construction, who were winners of the Westpac Waikato business awards in 2017.

Hampden, with its experience with bespoke ‘engineered solutions’, was given the task of supplying a complete solution that would meet the operational demands of the customer on an extremely challenging site.

Services offered / Solutions / Why Chosen

  1. Hampden collaborated on the project with architects and engineers over 12 months, perfecting the design before fabrication commenced in 2018. When faced with meeting exacting containment criteria, Hampden’s extensive knowledge and experience gained from its involvement in 11 major prisons developments and several smaller prison enhancement projects, has proven to be invaluable to the design team and the client.

  2. The unique design required custom fabrication. Hampden had at hand the ability to produce the detailed shop draws needed.

  3. To Hampden, each component of the final structure must play its part. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is crucial in delivering a long-term solution for the Client.

  4. Over the years Hampden has developed strong relationships with all its key suppliers, providing confidence in the quality of the finished product.


Key project facts

  1. $350,000 Contract Value

  2. Being the entry and exit loading dock for a large supply chain store, it was critical for the large automated gates to perform reliably in all conditions, and to open up to more than 90 degrees to allow enough room for trucks to have easy access.

  3. Due to the site’s proximity to the ocean, the automation and hinges, in particular, needed to be robust enough to handle any environmental extremes that might be thrown at the gates.

  4. While being suitable for the environmental conditions, the gates also formed part of the perimeter fencing. This required them to be both an acoustic and a visual barrier.

Scope and Products used

  1. Heavy Duty DAAB operators (imported from Sweden) were used in conjunction with customised bracketry. Due to their high operational ratings and proven performance in prison environments, these operators can withstand the expected high wind loading.

  2. As the finished weight of a gates was expected to be more than 850kg, additional features such as Photocells and Wireless safety edges were incorporated in the gates as a safety precaution to avoid injury and/or damage.

  3. The operational arc, size and weight of the gates required a reliable hinge solution. Hampden imported heavy-duty bearing hinges, which are rated to operate up to 4,000kg.

  4. Another area required Stainless Steel mesh and structure fencing, where Hampden designed and supplied a PS1.

We were really pleased with the work Hampden did for us,” explains Tim Strawbridge, Project Director, of Fosters Construction. “The project had a requirement for a large acoustic fence and automated gates - we struggled to find a company willing to look at this project for us due to the complexity. Hampden took care of the design, fabrication and installation of the large 800kg acoustic gates for the loading bay. The entire project was extremely well-executed from a time, quality and cost prospective. The ease in which these massive gates operate in what is a designated a high wind zone is testimony to the capability of the team at Hampden.
— TIM STRAWBRIDGE, Project Director

Pak'N Save

Custom Fabrication And Automation

On 10 November 2015, Pak'N Save opened a new store at 240 Ormiston Road, South East Auckland.  The massive 6160m2 store employs 130 staff and has been warmly welcomed by the local community. 


An integral element of the effective daily functioning and security of the supermarket site is a set of large automated gates into and out of the Inwards Goods area, at the side of the complex. 

The gates were architecturally designed by Jasmax to seamlessly blend with the overall aesthetics of the site, whilst ensuring hassle-free use and robust high security.  Hampden Fence was contracted to custom fabricate the large 3.1m (h) x 10m (w) sliding gates and project manage their transport to site, installation and automation.

  • 3.1m x 10m custom fabricated sliding gates

  • Perforated aluminium cladding

  • Double gates and matching panels

  • Industrial grade high-speed gate automation

The scale of the gates provided a number of challenges throughout the project.  Their size meant they were awkward to manoeuvre during fabrication and transportation, and more complex to install than most typically smaller gates. Hampden's expert team was able to call on many years of experience and well planned processes to ensure the project was successfully completed on time and to budget.

Fairfax Media

Internal Chainlink Enclosure with Bike Racks

Fairfax Media recently invested over $7million in their brand new Ponsonby premises, which is home to more than 500 of their Auckland staff members each working day.

The move aimed to ease transport for the business’s many staff.


With this, Fairfax’s contractor Ebert Construction contacted Hampden Fence to assist with an aspect of the building, which also contributes to the ease of transport.

Hampden installed a purpose built pipe & mesh chainlink bike enclosure and bike racks to provide a dedicated, safe space for cyclists within the building’s busy carparks.

Sylvia Park - Internal Caged Storage

Internal Caged Storage with Fall Arrest Cables

With more than 200 stores, Sylvia Park is one of New Zealand’s largest shopping malls. The site keeps on growing with the addition of more international brands like Zara and H&M.


With Sylvia Park’s growing list of new stores, the need for more storage went hand-in-hand. Kiwi Property called upon Hampden to install purpose-built internal storage cages using Pipe & Mesh Chainlink enclosures. Each enclosure door includes a fall arrest safety cable, a standard addition to all swing gates installed by Hampden . These cables ensure the safety of staff using the storage units if the gate hinge were to become damaged and fail, the fall arrest cable would prevent the gate from falling and therefore protect a person from being injured. 

Ceres Organic Foods

A new home for NZ's most sustainable food

Back in 1982, a group of people decided that organic food products were the way of the future and Ceres Organics was born. 

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Today, Ceres distributes to an extensive and growing organic food store network across New Zealand and Australia, which demands Ceres whole food products. In September 2013, Ceres moved into a new headquarters on Carbine Road in Mt Wellington Auckland - the first 5-star plus ecological warehouse to be built in New Zealand. This exceptional new distribution facility features a stunning new office facility at the front roadside end of the site and a large distribution facility to the rear, purpose-designed to meet the needs of the business.

Pipe & Mesh Fencing with additional barbed wire security

Hampden Fence helped Ceres to secure its new site with high quality, New Zealand-made Pipe & Mesh chainlink fencing (in a black PVC finish) with additional barbed wire security on top.  The black PVC finish allows the Pipe & Mesh chainlink fencing to subtly blend into its surroundings - which ensure the site remains highly secure, but without the overall impression of a prison or fortress.  Robust and proven effective, Pipe & Mesh chainlink fencing, with the added security of barbed wire, still remains one of the most effective perimeter fencing options available.

A range of Custom Gate Solutions for easy egress on site

At the entrance to the site, Ceres wanted to make a bold statement to complement its impressive new office facilities. A custom automated sliding gate was installed between large feature stone entrance walls, with a stylish modern twist. A manual pedestrian gate was added next to the office area, and inner gates on site are Black PVC Pipe & Mesh with Automation. The various gate specifications were as follows:

Custom Gates 
100 x 100 SHS gate posts | 50 x 50 SHS gate frames with 16mm tubes | 2m high | Automation

Pedestrian Access Gate
100 x 100 SHS gate posts | 50 x 50 SHS gate frames with 16mm tubes | 2m high | Manual

Internal Access Gate
Black PVC Pipe & Mesh Chainlink | Automation

Sliding Access Gate
Titan Tubular Steel 2 Rail | Powder coated Black | Manual

The Warehouse Group

Keeping the garden departments safe and secure


The Warehouse Group is the largest retail group operating in New Zealand, and is one of the nation's most iconic brands. With 90 stores across New Zealand, The Warehouse is one of the largest employers, with more than 7,500 staff across its local operations.

Most New Zealanders will have visited one or more of The Warehouse sites and will have encountered a highly consistent store experience, right down to the attached 'outdoor' garden centres at the rear of each store.

Stylish and secure Anti-Climb Rigid Mesh Fencing

In 2012, The Warehouse Group added a new store to its portfolio in opening its 90th store at Pah Road, Mt Roskill. The typical Warehouse approach was followed, including a secure Garden Centre at the rear of the building. The Warehouse Group appointed Hampden Fence to complete the high security fencing for the garden department and selected 358 Anti-Climb Rigid Mesh as the ideal solution to meet its specific needs for the garden area.

358 Anti-Climb Rigid Mesh is a fantastic product. Our main priority was high security, but we also didn't want a product that would make our business look like a prison. 358 Rigid Mesh is extremely secure and it doesn't look like any other garden centre I've seen, which is also great. Richard Curry (Manager - The Warehouse, Mt Roskill)

The proven performance of 358 rigid mesh fencing

After the successful completion of the garden centre at The Warehouse Mt Roskill, The Warehouse Group added a new garden centre to its existing store at The Warehouse Auckland Airport. Hampden Fence was again appointed to complete the high security fencing of the new garden department, and on the back of the success at Pah Road, 358 Rigid Mesh was once again used to secure the area.

In using 358 Rigid Mesh at both sites, The Warehouse enjoys ultimate peace-of-mind that its spaces are absolutely secure, with exceptional resistance to tampering, vandalism or intrusion. At the same time, 358 offers exceptional levels of natural light and visibility, which is extremely important in any retail environment. The fencing is also very stylish, which is an important consideration to any market-leading brand.