Waipārūrū Hall is the University of Auckland’s largest Student Accommodation offering to school leavers. The brand new student residence completed in January 2020 is to be home to 786 residents across two towers,  tower A comprising 14 levels and tower B comprising 12 Levels.

Generous common area spaces and lounge facilities are provided on every floor Residents also enjoy generous communal facilities including study spaces as well as games and recreation spaces

Waipārūrū is also the first student residence to offer a new catering style with multiple food serving stations offering a variety of food from different cuisines over 2 floors of dining and multiple food offerings.

BFG were selected to provide all bedroom furniture comprising of Bed/ Mattress/ Wardrobe/ desk/ student chair/ bedside tables and pinboards to all 786 rooms – All items were delivered CKD and assembled on site over the course of a 2 month timeframe during construction phase.

Further to the bedroom furniture BFG were also chosen to supply common area and breakout furniture such as couches/ ottomans/ leaners/ dining tables and acoustic panelling.

BFG were exceptionally proud and excited to have worked alongside both The University of Auckland and Dominion Construction to deliver both the bedroom furniture and common area furniture into this mammoth building project during the construction phase to meet the deadlines of Semester 1 student arrival.


University of Auckland, Student Accommodation

Architect: Warren & Mahoney

Project Manager: Dominion Construction

Bedroom Furniture: Beds & Mattress’s, Wardrobes, Bedside Tables

Desk: Custom Matrix Desk, Apex Electric Desk

Table: Dane Table, Luca Leaner, Luca Dining Table,

Pinboard/Whiteboard: Autex Pinboard, Framed Whiteboard

Seating: Etude Swivel Chair, Tivoli Chair, Skala Stool, Tri Ottoman, Davenport Couch, Canvas Bean Bag, Keystone Degustation Task,


BFG were awarded the bulk of the furniture package due to our quality of product, manufacturing lead times and our ability to meet project delivery time frames.

Working closely with Jasmax, the best layout and products were selected for the purpose and environment, AUT’s WZ building is the home of School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, spanning 18,000 m2 over 12 stories.


“‘BFG were engaged to supply the bulk furniture package for AUT’s WZ Building. Their pricing and program were both very competitive, communication was excellent, and the install was managed well. The project was largely a success due to having a dedicated single point of contact Kim Webb from tender to final handover. BFG also adapted well to changes and additions made at various stages”

Mike Peters – Hardgrave Project Management.



Architect: Jasmax

Project Manager: Hargraves Project Management

Tables: Dane Leaners, Dane Tables, Trapper Tables, custom booth tables, Side/Laptop tables

Screens: Linear Screens

Seating: Epee Chairs, Industry Stools Chairs


BFG was invited to tender for both the soft seating and joinery packages, and were awarded the bulk of the soft seating package featuring our Media Modular Seating and parts of the joinery package.

One of the blocks containing 12 teaching spaces, is for Nga Puna o Waiorea, the college’s Maori immersion-Rumaki unit. Spanning 2000 square meters, the two new blocks will mean that the total number of teaching spaces at the college will be 81 including 17 existing teaching spaces that are being upgraded and re-purposed. The delivery time frame on this project was tight with our manufacturing and upholstery team producing 120 seating units is just under 5 weeks.


Architect: Jasmax

Project Manager: Western Springs

Tables: Custom Atrium Leaners, Lap top/side tables, Dane Leaners, Custom Booth Tables

Seating: Media Soft Seating, Skala Stools


BFG were selected for the refurbishment of the Grafton Hall Project in Auckland and were tasked with the entire supply and fit out of all furniture, fitting and equipment including the breakout and collaboration study spaces. This included 3 individual buildings on one site that are connected by a central dining Atrium, 320 Individual rooms containing a floor to ceiling build in wardrobe, bed/mattress, desk, student chair, pinboard and dining table.

BFG were able to meet the tight deadline, project commenced in Mid-November 2018 and was completed in January 30th 2019.


Architect: Architectus

Project Manager: PWC

Desks: Matrix Slab, Apex Electric

Storage: Custom Wardrobes and storage

Tables: Solid Trestle Leaners, Dane Tables, Village coffee and side tables

Seating: Custom Tri Seating, Time In Stools, Comet Chairs, Custom high back sofa, Etude Padded Seat on Castor base, Como Two Seaters, Bean Bags

Other: Pinboards, Glass Whiteboards


While we have worked on many projects with the University of Auckland, this one was extra special as it was the refurbishment of the Vice Chancellors offices in the historic building, Alfred Nathan House.

The furniture pieces selected, such as the veneer cabinetry and leaners, were chosen for their natural timber finish and to match with the heritage classic feel of the building. We also refurbished some of the existing original, solid wood tables from Alfred Nathan House to further retain the originality of the building.


Architect: Architectus

Project Manager: University of Auckland

Collaboration Furniture: ME2 single seaters,

Seating: Ergonomic chairs – Verve, ME2 seating

Tables: Criss Cross tables, Flip tables, Grove solid wood tables, Luca tables

Workstations: Link User Adjustable, Dane desks, screens

Storage: Tambour units

Joinery: Veneer credenza unit, refurbished tables


BFG are proud to be part of this project, which includes mostly standard items, but also some highly bespoke items requiring many hours of consultation, shop drawings and prototyping to get right.

The ability to have our design team consult with the client, then proceed to fabricate and prototype non-standard, bespoke furniture items was seen as a huge advantage by Whitirea. They also appreciated our ability to perform to tight delivery deadlines.

Throughout the building there is a strong use of high quality ply material, and this was transferred and used in the construction of the furniture.


Architect: CGM + Foster

Project Manager: Whitieria      

Joinery Furniture: Hairdressing stands, makeup artist storage units, ply top tables with power, moveable storage room dividers, gallery display walls


University of Auckland wanted to trial a new concept in front-of-house information services and chose BFG to bring their initial design concepts to reality. Working closely with the architect and UOA, we came up with an initial prototype concept for review and approval.

The curving of the timber veneer panels to the concierge desk presented many challenges for our team to overcome, but the end result looks amazing.


Architect: Architectus

Project Manager: University of Auckland

Seating: Custom ottomans

Tables: Luca tables

Joinery: Veneer credenza unit, custom designed concierge desk, veneer wall mounted leaner


Unitec’s new student hub is designed to provide a unique centralised space that allows students to meet and study, both individually and collaboratively in groups.

BFG were selected to supply not only standard furniture items from our range, but also very unique and bespoke items for the fit out, such as the student study Waka Pods and the reception Koru Pod.

Our staff are extremely proud to have worked alongside Unitec to bring these items from a concept drawing, to a prototype scale model and into reality in a functioning environment. The Koru Pod spans an impressive 6 metres in diameter and 3.5 metres high.


Architect: ASC Architects

Project Manager: Unitec             

Tables: Luca tables with ply top, Trapper tables

Workstations: Dane Benching

Storage: Metal Mobiles

Joinery: Custom Koru Pod, Custom Waka student desks

Other Furniture: Monitor arms