Experience Makes A Difference

Having owned and operated a motel in Tauranga CBD for several years in the past Trevor Jones is the first to admit, “Nothing teaches you the needs of designing a motel better than operating your own.” This experience has paid dividends for Trevor Jones who has now designed over 30 motel complexes from Whangarei to Napier.

The Beach House Motel in Mount Maunganui  fully utilizes the site and deliberately presents a relaxed and “beachy” holiday environment. The Motel won the ADNZ Regional design award for Commercial/ Industrial and the ADNZ National award for “Most Innovative Design Using James Hardie Products – Highly Commended.”

The location is well suited to guests wanting to be away from the crowd of downtown Mount Maunganui, but be only a couple of hundred metres from ocean beach... close enough to enjoy the many wonderful features the area has to offer. Being out of the commercial environment meant the motel was designed to be operated by a family (rather than a couple) so a spacious family home with private outdoor living was a specific design requirement. The owners have pursed their creative ambition of art and collecting items of interest that have washed up on the beach. These have been used extensively in the landscaping of the motel enhancing the relaxed beach feel.

To minimize maintenance, a combination of fibre cement sheets, COLORSTEEL® and ZINCALUME® claddings were selected with careful consideration given to natural wash down of the steel claddings and minimal retention of stormwater. There are no gutters on the verandahs allowing rain water to flow freely to the drained water catchment system below.

“The design of the building utilizes steel beams to support the verandahs and stairs giving a simpler less bulky appearance than timber.
Protective coatings on the steel were provided by a local paint manufacturer, Altex Coatings Ltd.,  who we engage on most projects involving exposed or vulnerable steelwork,” says Trevor Jones.

Trevor Jones Design has been active in Tauranga since the early 70’s.  In recent years they have won 15 National and/or Regional design awards for a wide variety of projects including a National award for the Best Commercial Interior for Boffa Miskell offices in Tauranga.

The practice has developed skills in most types of commercial and residential buildings. The portfolio includes Mills Reef Winery, upgrade of Tauranga Airport Terminal, new churches, significant office buildings in Tauranga CBD and buildings covering a wide range of industrial uses including an aluminium joinery manufacturer and food processing facilities. The practice strives toward practical and functional design which is mindful of location, material usage and environmental impact and is currently working on a green star rated complex for a health products manufacturer.

Trevor Jones Design 2000 Ltd.
Trevor Jones
Telephone: 07 5440283

Roof and Cladding Profile:
Corrugated COLORSTEEL®G2z

Roof and cladding installer:
Harkin Roofing BOP Ltd.