Council selects architect and lead designer for new Administration and Library project

23/08/2018 4:45 p.m.

The Ashburton District Council has appointed Athfield Architects Limited as architect and lead designer for the new Administration and Library project, after undergoing a formal tender process.

The decision was made at an Extraordinary Council meeting today, Thursday 23 August. Athfield Architects Limited were one of 13 quality proposals that were received and evaluated under a process facilitated and managed by Shaun Pont from the Logic Group who is the Project Manager for the building.

The 13 proposals were reduced to a shortlist of four, all of whom demonstrated the skills and experience to undertake the project. Athfield Architects Limited ranked the highest, which secured their selection. Of significant interest to Council, they demonstrated extensive experience in designing civic administration projects throughout New Zealand.

“Athfield’s impressive track record of designing civic projects, including council offices, community facilities and libraries, speaks to their ability to successfully carry out master planning and architectural design work in this space,” said Mayor Donna Favel. “We are eager to begin working with them to continue moving this project forward to the next phase,” she added.

Athfield’s recent work in Christchurch includes the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, the Lyttleton Port Company Administration & Operations building, and the Te Hononga Christchurch Civic Centre. From these projects, it is evident to the Council that Athfield Architects Limited are passionate about environmentally sustainable design, while also being able to consider operational outcomes and the Council’s project budget. 

“Athfield Architects are extremely excited to have been appointed for this important civic and community project for the Ashburton District,” said Athfield Architects Limited’s Project Principal Trevor Watt. “We look forward to begin engaging with the staff, elected members, and the community, to create a workplace and public facility which reflects the uniqueness of this area and can help inform the wider revitalisation of the Ashburton township.”   

The architect’s brief is to design a new building on the site adjacent to Baring Square East. Mayor Favel expressed that while some may be disappointed to see the loss of the former County Council building, this is offset by the opportunity for the Methodist Church to strengthen and retain their church building. This also provides an exciting opportunity to incorporate Baring Square East into the design for the new Administration and Library building.​​

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