11 December

22 News – December 2017

  • Quiz – win lunch at Billfish restaurant
  • Movember update
  • Crank it, spin it and tween it!
  • Christmas hours

Guess this iconic NZ summer holiday location, send your answer to info@22degrees.co.nz and we’ll put you in the draw to win lunch at Billfish restaurant in Westhaven. All correct answers will go into the hat with the winner being drawn this Thursday, 14 December.

The 22 Slugs team grew their moustaches over the month of November in support of men’s health. Thomo, Mark, Finn, Jedd, Ryan, Nick, Alex and Simon raised a whopping $3,700 over the duration of Movember thanks to many generous donations from family, friends, colleagues and clients. A big thank you for your support. Ryan Thompson raised the most funds, Nick (Chops) Donovan was recognised for his manly efforts along with Simon Jenkin for his ‘villianish’ moustache. 22 Degrees was delighted to contribute $2,000 to acknowledge their efforts and support such an important cause. Well done guys!

Ten pin bowling within the salubrious surrounds of the Newmarket Tenpin was our most recent work outing. Two hours of cranking, sliding, spinning and power plays resulted in a best overall score for Jedd Henderson. Check out his form in the photo bottom right!

We will be closing from Thursday, 21 December this year for the Christmas holidays, with a small contingent back on Monday, 8 January and the full team back on Monday, 15 January.

We would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday over the festive season and look forward to working with you all again in the new year.


9 November

22 News – November 2017

  • Movember at 22 Degrees – supporting men’s health
  • NZ Apartment of the Year Award
  • New Faces and Food Glorious Food
  • Tough Mudder

Gro a mo – save a bro!! In support of men’s health the 22 Slugs are growing it for Movember! In the top ‘before’ photo we have (L-R) Mark, Thomo, Ryan and Nick. In the middle photo from L-R we have Thomo (again), Nick (again), Jedd (Captain Mo) and Alex. In the bottom photo, L-R, we have Finn, Nick (AGAIN!) and Simon. A special mention must go to Ryan, Alex and Simon for their efforts!

And clean shaven …

Raising funds for male health issues like prostate, testicular cancer, and mental health – the team would love your support as they sprout mos this Movember. Click here to check out their progress and to donate.

Congratulations to Josephine Love (Josephine Design), Tawera Group, John Love, Project Director and Paul Brown Architects –  who won Apartment of the Year at the recent Trends International Design Awards for 8 Hereford Residences. This was a significant and prestigious project we designed the building services for. Read the article here.

Michael Chand
didn’t just bring a wealth of electrical design experience with him when he joined us, he brought CURRY LUNCHES to 22 Degrees. We had a delicious Lamb Curry lunch recently prepared by Michael’s new wife, Arti.

A few month’s back, Ahmad Sheikh’s (Senior Electrical) wife Raeda catered an amazing Middle Eastern themed lunch for the team. So when we hire electrical engineers it would appear we are getting a package deal.

Alex, Ryan and friends did us proud in the recent Tough Mudder – an 18 kilometre mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. Proudly sporting his 22 Degrees T Shirt Ryan proceeded to drench it in mud and avoid a minefield of dangers while Alex (a marathon veteran) galloped elegantly through the course and then piggy backed him to the finish line. Before, during and after photos below.

Only six weeks to go until Christmas! 22 Degrees will be closing our office at 12pm on December 21st and will be closed until January 8th with a skeleton crew on deck. The office will fully reopen January 15th with most of the team back in the office.  We will be doing one last quiz for the year next month so keep a eye out for that!

17 October

Quiz Winner – October 2017

Congratulations to all our participants in this month’s quiz. You are all very clever and you were all quite right! Not one dud answer. The correct answer was, of course, ‘The Len Lye Centre’ in New Plymouth, designed by Patterson Architects.

We drew out the following lucky winner’s name out of our hat. Bradley Wynn from Woodhams Meikle Zhan. Well done. Your prize is lunch at Sidart – we’ll be in touch shortly to sort out the details.

2 October

22 News – October 2017

  • Michael Chand joins 22 Degrees
  • More Awards Success – TVNZ
  • In The Snow

What’s this and where will we find it? Email your answers to quiz@22degrees.co.nz by the 20th of October – All correct answers will go in the draw to win lunch at Sidart.

The weather worldwide has been dangerously unpredictable. Natural disasters are dominating the headlines and in New Zealand, we’re still up in the air on which way Winston will leap. While uncertainty abounds outside inside our office at 22 Degrees, it’s full steam ahead – with a couple of exciting new faces, joining the crew.

Left to right – Glenn, Michael & Alex

Michael Chand has joined our Electrical team. A chartered engineer with over ten years at NDY he has worked on many significant projects including Unitec, Britomart, Westpac Charter House, IBM Wynyard Quarter and Victoria Quarter. A hugely practical engineer, one of his clients described him as “a bit of a legend” for his willingness to go the extra distance to sort any issues. With strengths in power, lighting, data and wide ranging project experience he brings tremendous knowledge to our business.  He is one of only two Uptime (datacentre systems) accredited Tier Designers in New Zealand. The other one being our own Mark Conn who leads our talented  electrical team.   

Mark Conn joined us from South Africa earlier this year with extensive international experience on many large projects and that all important pragmatic, “can do” attitude we prize in our engineers. He’s embraced the New Zealand culture with relish. Both his boys are sports fanatics so they’ve fitted right in and are loving Aotearoa. Just don’t mention the numbers 57 or zero to him anytime soon or he may develop a nervous tick!

We mentioned several of our projects did well at the Property Council Awards in our last update. In July, the TVNZ refurbishment, one of 22 Degrees recent projects, won a prestigious award for the Workplace (OVER 1,000M2) category in the 2017 Interior Awards.

Warren and Mahoney were praised for their innovative, futuristic vision. The “Blade Runner-inspired media city in the sky” was designed to meet the needs of an organisation moving into a digital era, with an ‘Open and Live’ environment focused on high transparency, via elements like an open plan space with operational areas visible and connected. The jury praised the project’s “restrained industrial palette” .

Thomo & Alex

Snow Balls, No Boards and Maverick  
A recent staff trip to the snow inspired plenty of snowball fights, drone action, roast lamb but no snow boarding or skis. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play ball but a great time was had by all. Mark, feeling the need for speed, piloted his drone on a fly by – getting more attention from a zealous local official than ideal. After some research we discovered he was in fact good to go and not a Maverick after all. We hope to get up the mountain – next year! Must be time for a fishing trip.   


15 August

22 News – August 17

  • Winners – Recent Awards Success
  • Hip Apartment Projects
  • HOT Fire Protection Team
  • NEW – Senior Electrical Engineer joins 22 Degrees

What a year – Donald assumes control, Labour astounds the pollsters in the UK and Andrew and Metiria are out the back door. An election looms, but at 22 Degrees it’s business as usual.

In the recent Property Council Awards several of our projects were nominated with three winning awards in their category. The RTA designed Tarawera High School won Merit for RTA Studio and the Ministry of Education in the Education and Arts section. The University of Auckland’s purpose built student accommodation – designed by Ashton Mitchell Architects – won Merit in the International Multi-Unit Residential Property section. 22 Degrees was also part of the design team for The Dylan Apartments which collected an Excellence in the same awards section for Paul Brown Architects and Urban Collective.

We have a significant number of projects in construction and several appealing apartment complexes in the design stages including Crest Apartments with Paul Brown Architects, Stage 2 of Cheshire Architects SKHY and the Nuffield Street boutique apartments designed by Neville Price.

Mark Conn joined us in May, as a Senior Electrical Engineer and is now leading our electrical design team. He brings with him, nearly twenty years in consulting and extensive experience as a Services Project Director on multi-disciplinary projects in South Africa and the Middle East. Despite the fact he supports the Boks, Mark has taken to New Zealand like a duck to water and we’ve taken to him! He is hugely knowledgeable about all facets of building services and has the project management chops to handle our most complex projects. Mark is already making a significant contribution to the business and putting his stamp on the electrical team.

Fire Protection is…..on fire! Two of our most competent mechanical engineers, Alex Davis and Glenn Christiansen, have diversified into fire protection services design over the past two years. They are doing a fine job and our work levels in this area have increased dramatically. Alex completes his Masters in Fire from Canterbury University this year and plans to further expand our fire services in the near future.

Our portfolio of projects over this past year has been diverse but has included a lot of apartment work. Completed projects of note include SKHY Stage 1 and the Hereford Street Residences. Still in the design phase, Fabric Apartments is particularly interesting. Fabric of Onehunga will be a new pocket neighbourhood of five buildings over four levels with apartments sharing common green spaces in one of Auckland’s oldest urban villages.

While it’s always busy here we like to make sure there’s time for some R&R as well. Upstairs our in- house gym is getting plenty of use early in the morning and the weekly Pilates classes are helping with the stiff necks from all that computer work. Outside the office, we’ve thought laterally and escaped from an ESCAPE ROOM, distinguished ourselves at a Pub Quiz night, tapped into our inner children at a board games evening, nearly killed ourselves on an Amazing Race, shot each other at Megazone and to chill, enjoyed some 22 brew. Coming up there’s a skiing trip, fishing and disc golf.