New Shoots Early Childhood Education Centre wins at NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards
New Shoots Early Childhood Education Centre in Greenhithe has been awarded joint-first prize in the Education category at the 2021 NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards. In addition to the Education category award, New Shoots Greenhithe took home a Resene Colour Award for outstanding interior design.
As engineering design lead on this project, Calibre’s team worked closely and collaboratively with Copeland Associates Architects Ltd, KGA Consulting and Peak Construction to ensure the drawings, architectural finishes and connections between buildings fulfilled the client’s vision of a high quality, visually attractive and picturesque pre-school location.
The elegant complex is made up of three separate pods – designed to cater for three children’s age groups – linked by a triangular central courtyard. Large windows and verandas are strong elements of the buildings’ design, and outdoor play areas feature plants, shrubs and trees; spacious play decks; slides and sandpits.
Our client had a clear vision for stylish, sustainable Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) buildings, and selected Calibre as project design lead based on our strong experience in the delivery of CLT developments. In the role of design lead, our team worked with the client through a number of design iterations to develop the structural form of the complex. We also took a proactive and accommodating approach to working with other consultants and contractors, addressing and resolving questions or queries as early as possible so that agreed engineering and design solutions could be speedily implemented.
Calibre’s ability to take a flexible approach and to provide the right advice and expertise with minimal delays were also key factors in this project being delivered to a very high standard, and on schedule.
Congratulations to the New Shoots management team, Copeland Associates Architects and the engineering and construction teams involved in delivering this remarkable project.
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