ECan Building Reunites Workforce

Christchurch ReBuild:  Most of the 450 workforce of Environment Canterbury (ECan) were spread across numerous offices around Christchurch, following the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes. The new purpose-built ECan Offices reunited the team after a $50m rebuild. As designated cleaning contractors, Mirror Image were delighted ensure the workforce walked into a sparkling clean new facility.

The Naylor Love Canterbury team began constructing the purpose-built offices on Tuam Street in 2013. Built over five storeys (7,000m²) the offices include a full height atrium through the centre, a basement car park, and a two storey cycle and locker building with space for 120 bikes. The high-end interior finishes include large areas of timber panelling in the public areas and board room, with beautiful carpentry.

As befits a building for the organisation responsible for a wide range of environment-related governance and services in Canterbury, the ECan building utilises the latest in environmentally sustainable features, including a ground-source heat exchange unit for heating and cooling.

The base isolated building is also seismically strong, having been built to 120% of code, with piling to approximately 16m below the ground surface, and more than 7,800m³ of soil excavated for the basement car park.

This major project was completed on time and within budget, with ECan’s 450 staff moving into their stunning new open plan offices in April 2016. Mirror image were proud to provide a professional clean inside and out, using knuckle booms and our experienced team to do this impressive building justice.


ECan Building

ECan Building

ECan Building

ECan Building

Cleaning Schools

Cleaning Schools Across Canterbury

We’ve been asked to clean schools across the region for major construction work either post earthquake, renovation work or new builds. We’ve been honoured to work with some of the leading Construction firms of the region to get schools back open as quickly as possible. Here’s a couple of memorable projects we’ve been involved with.

Lincoln Primary School

Looking back at our past projects we found photos of the renovation and Mirror Image clean through of Lincoln Primary School.

Cleaning Schools

Cleaning Schools

The project involved re-modelling of the interior of 3 main blocks. It included opening up of the blocks by removing the majority of the interior walls, installing new aluminium joinery partitions throughout, substantial electrical and data upgrading and full re-decoration. The project had a very tight programme of 7 weeks and was completed on time to minimise disruption for the students. We were delighted to work with Corbel Construction.

Lyttelton Primary School

Mirror Image were also invited to work at Lyttelton Primary School a brand new two-storey school built post-earthquake on the main street of Lyttelton, The result of a post-earthquake merger of Lyttelton Main and Lyttelton West schools.

This project was managed through Naylor Love Construction. The primary structure is a steel frame on a ground bearing slab restrained by ground anchors in the foundations. The façade is timber framed and clad with a Kingspan roof, metal cladding and commercial aluminium joinery.

The main building includes a classroom block with modern open plan classrooms on two levels, with glass partitioned learning spaces and joinery units to cater for the school environment. The adjoining administration block includes the library and technology spaces upstairs, with the reception and staff areas on the ground floor below.

In a first for New Zealand, the separate hall is shared with the local professional theatre company – outside school hours, the hall transforms into the Lyttelton Arts Factory (LAF) venue, with retractable seating and additional cabling infrastructure.

The site itself is on a significant slope and presented many challenges, with important historic elements including foundations and large retaining walls cutting through the hill slope. The site works included new retaining walls, steel and concrete staircases, and an asphalt hard court. This meant for us using a knuckle boom to clean hard to reach windows outside and working at height..

After several years spread operating from two different sites, the local community welcomed their beautiful new school with great enthusiasm and we were delighted to play our role in ensuring the school was immaculately cleaned inside and outside before it opened in September 2016.

Cleaning Schools

Cleaning Schools

Cleaning Schools

Cleaning Schools




New Regent Street Clean After Earthquake Restoration

New Regent Street was the only remaining heritage streetscape in Christchurch after the February 2011 earthquake. The owners and tenants decided to work together to restore the buildings. Built originally in Spanish Mission Revival style and due to its coherent architectural character the buildings in the street are listed as Category I heritage items by Heritage New Zealand.

Opened by the Mayor of Christchurch on 1st April 1932, New Regent Street was considered a ray of light amidst the depression. Described then as New Zealand’s most beautiful street, it has brought pleasure to shoppers and tourists ever since. In 1986, a one-way restriction was imposed for driving on New Regent Street. This measure was in place for only eight years before the street was closed to traffic in 1994 and turned into a pedestrian mall in preparation for the reintroduction of the  Christchurch tram.

The Naylor Love Canterbury team was awarded the earthquake rebuild contract for bringing the buildings up to code while maintaining the important heritage of the street.  The complex rebuild on 39 titles involved 22 owners and four insurance companies! As part of the strengthening work, structural steel frames were installed in the shop fronts, new reinforced concrete walls, new continuous concrete raft foundation was laid and tied the brickwork to the new structure.

Regent Street cleanRegent Street clean

The street was officially reopened on Saturday, 20 April 2013. Before the reopening Mirror Image Cleaning were contracted to clean the whole site inside and out. This included cleaning off a knuckle boom, as all our team are professionally trained to work at height.

Regent Street clean

We think Regent Street, Christchurch, is still one of New Zealand’s most beautiful streets and are proud to work here.