WelTec’s School of Hospitality and Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute

WelTec’s award-winning School of Hospitality joined forces with the internationally renowned Le Cordon Bleu Institute of NZ to create a purpose built state-of-the-art tertiary campus in the heart of Wellington.

As a culinary challenge of the highest degree, the ingredients needed to be precise. The Building Intelligence Group Wellington was engaged to project manage the design and construction of the facilities for both of the Schools in the Regent building in Manners and Cuba Streets. The redevelopment of the base building entailed the partial demolition of the old Regent Cinemas building and a re-build to provide four floors of tenantable space.

The work for the Schools included the full fitout of the building shell and supply and installation of all building services, requiring the integration and reticulation of many large mechanical ducts within the building structure and onto the roof.

The result for the Schools was a vast facility which includes six training kitchens, a fully equipped 96 seat demonstration lecture theatre, four classrooms, a bar training facility and latte lab, and a training restaurant with the capacity to seat 100 diners.

Each organisation offers its own unique and highly sought after programmes and delivery environment that support their twin visions for a rich learning environment necessitated a high level of coordination and cooperation by both parties.

The Building Intelligence Group worked with a team that included separate designers for each of the Schools.  The result is a fitout that provides differentiation between the brands but also seamlessly integrates the facilities that are shared between the Schools.

As with any commercial development, maintaining the project budget was an issue.  The Building Intelligence Group led a series of Value Engineering workshops during the design and procurement phases of the project, allowing the project to be approved and completed successfully within the project budget with minimal impact on the unique learning experiences that the facility offers.

The new facilities provided an opportunity for WelTec to continue to work with the capital’s thriving hospitality industry and the presence of the Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute is further kudos for Wellington’s claim as the culinary capital of New Zealand.

This project won a Merit Award in the 2013 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.