Kapiti Coast District Council

The striking upgraded Kapiti Coast District Council Building created a civic gateway for Paraparumu.

Where once stood a rabbit warren of a building from the 1970s with seismic and maintenance issues, there now stands a refurbished building that is fit-for-purpose, earthquake safe and reflects 21st Century architecture.

Working on projects that are very much in the public eye are both challenging and rewarding says The Building Intelligence Group’s Wellington Business Manager Byron Roff. “There are always high expectations when you are managing community money, so it’s vitally important to be able to justify every dollar.” “It was a brave decision by Council to push on with this project under the fiscal constraints they were facing, but they knew how important it was to improving the way they do business and the results speak for themselves.”

Neil Kemp, Principal for Designgroup Stapleton Elliott describes the project vision to create a place where democracy is delivered and seen to be delivered. “The design response embodied partial demolition of the existing building, construction of a new two-storey extension, extensive seismic upgrades, a new public entry, new Council and Mayoral chambers, provision of open plan offices within a friendly public environment for local residents and visitors. Significant attention was given to the embodiment of sustainable design features including optimisation of glazing and shading, responsive heating, cooling and lighting systems and passive thermal design initiatives.”

The new two level Civic Building creates a civic gateway respectful of the form and scale of the adjoining public buildings and local iwi: Ngāti Toa Rangatira; Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai; and Ngāti Raukawa. Carved Pou are installed at the entrance way. The project won a NZ Property Council Award in 2013.