Project details

// Client -
Sanderson Group
// Location -
Tamahere, Hamilton
// Size -
22Ha site
// Services -
// Construction Monitoring
// Geotechnical Engineering
// Structural Engineering
// Project value -
// Status -
Ongoing development

Tamahere Country Club is a luxury retirement development containing quality architecturally designed villas and recreational spaces including bridges, cafes, health spas, golf green, pavilion, and a lake house. The club is located six minutes from Hamilton airport and eleven minutes from Cambridge. Currently 60% of this stunning development is completed including the individual residential villas and the Clubhouse, with the Aged Care Facility, Café, The Lake House, and additional residential villas currently under construction.

We have worked with the Tamahere Country Club to provide geotechnical and structural engineering services across these buildings, providing expert solutions and cost saving advice as the development continues.


The Tamahere Country Club provides absolute comfort for its residents with 275 thoughtfully designed stand-alone villas. These north-facing homes range in size from 196m2 to 330 m2 and feature either two or three bedrooms, modern country elegance design with quality high spec fittings.

Kirk Roberts engineers provided the structural design and construction monitoring for all these villas. Some to this work was done through our Structural Engineering Software, Specifi.  The benefit was an ease in information transfer and fast turn arounds.

The Clubhouse

Providing the social hub of the Country Club, the clubhouse offers a café, bar, cinema, library, lounge, and pool room, and looks out over the sunny bowling green. Our engineers provided the structural design on this unique Waikato asset.

“Engaging Kirk Robert’s structural and geotechnical engineers has been brilliant, especially for accountability having both disciplines under one roof.” – Nathan Sanderson, Sanderson Group

The Cafe

Utilising two-way portal frame systems and a steel gravity structure, the Café has complex geometry with a ridge running diagonally along the building and cantilevered facade walls. The steel work provided design challenges due to the Café’s unique shape. Our structural engineers worked closely with the architects and the client to provide practical structural solutions while maintaining the Café’s stunning architecture. The structural steel went together without a hitch and no site welding was required.

The Health Spa Building

With its large span steel framing and the swimming and spa pool to consider, our engineers were up to the challenge and provided practical designs that were easily implemented onsite.

The Bridges

As part of the roading infrastructure, the development has two concrete reinforced vehicle bridges which link the lake features. Our geotechnical and structural engineers worked with the client to design a solution that achieved the classical English arch bridge look. As well as the design, we provided construction monitoring services and design amendments during construction. Several site visits were completed to check the quality and ensure detailed design was followed on-site. Kirk Roberts also took care of the Building Consent application process on the behalf of our client.


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The Lakehouse

The Lakehouse is an enclosed single-story mixed-use facility with decks and a connected walkway and pavilion structure partially located over a lake. The building has a complex structural steel arrangement requiring development of many bespoke details.  Steel trusses are provided to large open space. Our geotechnical and structural engineers worked together to design the timber piles for the components adjacent to and over the lake as well as the pad foundations of the main structure.

Modelled in 3D, BIM360 was used for the coordination of the project. The timberwork for the Lakehouse required more time to ensure the detailing was both clear and correct and due to two stages for consent, adjustments made for existing timber piles.

Aged Care Facility

Starting construction in late 2023, the Aged Care Facility will be the largest structure in the development and will incorporate 10 dedicated dementia beds, 20 rest home/hospital care beds, a theatre, a gym, a worship zone and a café facility. Kirk Roberts is proud to provide structural engineering and structural draughting for this project, working closely with other consultants using BIM360 software.

There are three ‘wings” to this building, with the central wing being double storey.  Impressive precast concrete “fin” walls will salute you when you enter the facility and a large atrium area with high roof provides a sense of grandeur.  The building will be constructed in several stages and our engineers provided practical advice and solution for the construction joints and connections.

A Collaboration

Kirk Roberts has collaborated closely with the architects and the client to solve complex engineering challenges, especially in terms of structural engineering for the architecturally designed roof line structures in the commercial buildings, like the café.  Our structural engineering services have been supported by our in-house geotechnical engineering team.

We worked with the Sanderson Group to understand their design philosophy for the Tamahere Country Club and to find cost effective solutions to ensure that the architectural finishes can be achieved. Once example is the use of pipe culverts to form the arch of the classical English bridges.

We’re proud to continue our work on this new iconic development where lifestyle and luxury unite.

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Tamahere Show Home

“I was introduced to Kirk Roberts through a good friend in 2015.  We started working together as our company Sanderson Group grew from working on a site in Bethlehem, continuing to a further partnership developing the Queenstown Country Club with the Kirk Roberts team in Christchurch. We’ve recently had Kirk Roberts on board for Tamahere Country Club in the Waikato which has been good. Engaging Kirk Robert’s structural and geotechnical engineers has been brilliant, especially for accountability having both disciplines under one roof.”

// Nathan Sanderson – Tamahere Country Club, Development Manager

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