Site Redevelopment Project: Johnston Ebbett Porirua

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In March this year, we were approached by one of our key clients David Johnston, the owner of the well known Johnston Ebbett dealerships in both Porirua and Wellington CBD to assist him with a large project of an unusual nature at his Porirua Dealership. Johnston Ebbett Porirua is a brand-new building, less than 8 months old, and consists of 2 large showrooms and a service center for Kia Motors, Holden and Nissan.

Once we heard David’s vision, we couldn’t get involved quick enough!


. David’s project brief was clear:

  • Remove the existing Kia Motors fascia signage, then supply and install brand new Nissan cladding in its place (all 40 meters of it, which we had installed only a short time before in December 2019).
  • Remove the existing 45 meters of Holden Signage and fit Kia Motors cladding and signage.
  • Supply and fit new Nissan Signage fascia and relocate existing Holden signage (this was at first glance, a scary concept, but an exciting one!).

After 3 months of planning, creating design concepts, engineering, problem solving and head scratching – we had a plan!

Now time to get the job done – with over 50 ACM sheets, 2000 screws, 24 tubes of silicon, 40 meters of LED ribbon,123 hours of CNC cutting and grooving, 52 Aluminum frames and brackets (to cut, weld and fabricate within millimeter precision) – we felt the enormity of the Project and the excitement beginning to build.

8 Installers, 4 teams, across 6 days – to make David’s vision a reality.
This is where the endless hours of planning & Project Management in the months lead up came into play. We had 2 All Terrain Scissor lifts, 1 Cherry picker, and 1 Scaffold onsite, accessing 4 elevations of the dealership for over 5 full days.

Old signage down, new signage up, Holden Signage relocated, all signage re-wired, security cameras relocated, external lighting relocated, Holden logo fitted internally for good measure… was it time for a beer yet?

With a project of this size, and of its complexity, you must always be prepared for anything.
In this case, we are very pleased that in the end, everything went without a hitch! Our Project Managers, Design team & Installation team have done a fantastic job on this one (even with the daily 4am freight train wake up calls near the motel during install!), and we are all very proud of the end result.  David Johnston also expressed his appreciation to our team, and has sent through some awesome night shots of the new look!

If you are in the Porirua area, swing in and take a look for yourself! And if you are in the market for some new wheels, do not hesitate to get in touch with David Johnston and his team and let them take care of you.


“We have worked with Glenn and the Cranium team on a number of projects over the last 9 months at our two dealership locations, and the service and delivery has been outstanding.

All parts of the process from concept to design, and installation, have been managed well by Glenn who is always quick to respond to queries and provides great solutions.

Cranium are proactive at installation time taking control of outside services required which means I know the whole project is in good hands.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Glenn and his Cranium team.”

David Johnston – Owner, Johnston Ebbett Porirua