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23/08/2018 4:45 p.m.
Thursday 23 August, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.