This month at Monkeytoe November 2020

Check out what's been happening at Monkeytoe in November in our latest monthly news feature.

A note from Budd

Hi everyone,

Good news is that we’re nearly at the end of the year, but rather than being grateful the year’s gone by, I think it’s important to acknowledge what we’ve learned, what we can take into 2021, and what we can leave behind.

I also reckon it’s important to give thanks – daily, of course, but especially so at the end of a year that’s had more than its share of challenges. 2020 has been a reminder of just how important our people and teams are – we wouldn’t be able to maintain such a high standard of excellence and innovation here at Monkeytoe without them.

In our last newsletter for 2020, we’re recapping a year of innovative work, including our successes at Auckland’s Sylvia Park mall with the Galleria modifications, and our new XBEAM prefabrication and complete package lift that promises to save even more time on site.

Please also head through to the form link and tell us what matters to you – that way, we can keep crafting useful ebooks and content that’ll help us make more more relevant reads for you.

Until next year, have a wonderful holiday break!



Budd Prestidge, General Manager

A year of innovation

We began the year by sorting out Oil Seed Products’ plant access need with a permanent solution combining walkways, handrails and ladders. February saw us install easy maintenance screening solutions, accessways, and HVAC platforms on the flat membrane roof of the Spark Building.

Amidst NZ’s lockdown in March, Monkeytoe launched the innovative XBEAM – lighter, stronger and more versatile than its predecessors, it’s really the beam that’s raising the bar. By April, we’d taken Australasia by storm!

Vitaco Headquarters needed aluminium access solutions that matched their world-class nutrition products – and we were happy to oblige in May. In June, our friends across the ditch completed the impressive Coles Mt Gambier project – a massive retail complex in South Australia. Closer to home, Beauden Barrett trained on a Monkeytoe platform at Eden Park.

It’s a great moment when a client comes to us with a problem and our solution 100% satisfies their needs. That was the case for the Waste Management project in July, where they needed custom access solutions to help keep their refuse trucks clean.

August saw us enjoying the fresh air of Mairangi Bay as we installed a new stair bridge that provides a safe and corrosion-free solution for the Crow’s Nest Rise Walkway. In the spring weather of September we worked on the Target Road retail centre and fitted comprehensive XBEAM, HVAC and walkway solutions.

In October we launched our sound-reduction treatments and wood treads as part of our architectural stair solutions. We also expanded our facilities to serve more clients with more efficiency and more great systems!

Sylvia Park kept us busy in November, with a full range of HVAC platforms, walkways, stairs, steps and stiles going in (more on this later in the newsletter). We also worked on something a little different locally: a total XBEAM platform lift, really showing off what’s possible with this lighter and stronger tech.

December marked the launch of our new and improved HushMonkey systems. Watch this space as the projects we send out the door this month head towards completion – and check out our end-of-year video here!

Help us create better educational resources for you

In 2021, we’d like to provide you with more informative content that will help to ensure that you understand everything you need to know about plant mounting and access solutions.

We’ve created a survey to find out what would be of most value – and to ensure that we’re developing educational resources that matter to you.

Head over to the link, answer eight easy questions, and you’ll go into the draw to WIN a Monkeytoe gift pack!


Case study: Sylvia Park Galleria

At 250 stores, and with the latest Galleria modifications, Sylvia Park is now the largest shopping centre in New Zealand.

When mall owners Kiwi Property sought to expand and develop Sylvia Park – adding more free carparks, greater accessibility from train and public transport, and the upsizing and addition of new brands – they looked to Naylor Love for the significant undertaking, and trusted us for the best accessway and platform solutions.

Considering that all works were undertaken in a live mall, and with the speedbumps of lockdown, Naylor Love fairly called the work ‘extremely challenging’ – but the final product has been well worth the effort. It was particularly rewarding for us here at Monkeytoe. We were brought on board for a huge undertaking – 1,348m of walkways, 73 platforms (with 831sqm of low platforms and 394sqm of high platforms), 7 stairs and 2 ramps – and we reckon it’s been a resounding success.

On completing the project, Naylor Love evaluated their many subcontractors – and Monkeytoe was one of only four subcontractors who achieved the second highest possible rating of “Preferred Contractor” based on eleven categories, including Quality, Punctuality, Organisation, Defects (or lack thereof!), Environmental, Documentation, and Safety Documentation, Competence, Participation and Practices.

We’re proud to have been involved with Naylor Love, Kiwi Property and Sylvia Park on this, and to have had the chance to showcase our skills on major projects like this.

The new XBEAM platform lift

As you’ll know by now, we like pushing the boundaries when it comes to making our industry better. We did that just again this month, with something that promises to deliver even faster installs for our clients: the XBEAM platform lift, with new HushMonkey acoustic panels.

The solution is simple, but incredibly effective. Rather than develop the XBEAM platform, lift it onto the building, and then fit the HVAC units, we’ve compressed the timeline down to further streamline the process for our clients.

We start with our consultation process, ensuring that we’re developing an XBEAM platform that’s going to deliver according to their needs and building requirements. Once we’ve made a plan of attack, the pre-fabrication process begins, with our workshop crafting the more-or-less final product.

We then install the stubs, ready for the platform lift phase. We lift and fix the HVAC units onto the platform, then it’s simply a matter of lifting the entire unit onto the roof as a complete package.

Then you’re done. It’s that easy. By keeping it together under one roof, the prefabrication process saves stacks of time at install stage – meaning fewer bodies standing around, less work at height, and a fast-track to completion that you and your clients will really appreciate.

Better Under One Roof

Get our latest ebook Better Together: Keeping it under one roof with Monkeytoe from our website.

Because construction, design and architectural projects have the potential to quickly become complex, we believe that overseeing over every part of a project – from consultation to installation – can make the difference between failure and success.

That’s why we’re so invested in getting it right across the board. Our newest eBook is all about that.

Head over to our website to download “Better Together: Keeping it under one roof with Monkeytoe” and learn about the advantages of dealing with the right specialists, who can deliver solutions from day one.


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