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  • 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
  • 27 September 2017
  • Pita Te Hori Centre - King Edward Barracks
  • Christchurch

Heroic Building Tour - Christchurch

The built environment faces a number of challenges in a low carbon and sustainable future. The need for quality buildings is greater than ever and Ngai Tahu's jewel in the crown, the heroic Pita Te Hori Centre delivers on this. The most energy efficient centre of the Christchurch rebuild, a unique set of buildings that uses about half of the energy that conventional heating and cooling systems would.

Come along to this free event, hear from a number of the consultants involved and see for yourself some of the features that make it heroic.



Gordon Craig - Senior development manager, Ngai Tahu Property

Sam Seatter - Director, Powell Fenwick

Peter Rickard-Green - Technical Director, Aurecon New Zealand

VANESSA CARSWELL - Principal Warren and Mahoney

Following a six year stint in London where she worked for renowned practices, she returned to New Zealand and has been based in Christchurch for the last eight years. She has held lead architectural roles for projects such as the renovation of the Grade II listed Great Northern Hotel in London, and the Ruataniwha Civic Centre in Kaiapoi. She was the lead architect for the redevelopment of the award-winning Category One heritage listed Isaac Theatre Royal – the first heritage site to be deconstructed, rebuilt and restored to its former glory since the Canterbury earthquakes. More recently, Vanessa has been leading the design team for the redevelopment of one of Christchurch’s inner city blocks – King Edward Barracks, consisting of office buildings and urban gardens as well as commercial, residential and hospitality buildings. Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) was a core objective of the KEB project from the beginning of the masterplanning phase. The development adopts a district energy scheme, whereby the centralised heating and cooling system utilises Christchurch’s natural aquifer. Building massing and the surrounding landscaping are derived from principles of solar design and outlook. Additionally, each of the completed and planned commercial buildings will have both Green Star and NABERSNZ built ratings. In 2016, Vanessa was named joint winner of the National Association of Women in Construction Outstanding Achievement in Design Award.

TIM HERVEY —Associate - Warren And Mahoney

Tim joined Warren and Mahoney in 2011 with over 15 years architectural experience in New Zealand, Australia and London. Prior to joining Warren and Mahoney, Tim worked with a number of small creative firms where he was given the opportunity to work on locally and internationally recognised award-winning architectural projects. His early career working aboard in highly creative and collaborative studio environments has informed his approach on how architecture can be produced in New Zealand. Tim’s design philosophy centers on the notion that architecture is not about style or standardised solutions, nor is it a solitary stroke of genius. Rather, it is the result of a highly collaborative process involving a rigorous analysis and understanding of the brief, the client, the project context, and building technology – often resulting in solutions that are unique and unexpected. Tim has a strong design sense, a highly collaborative approach to architecture, and a belief that any project, regardless of budget or constraints, has powerful potential to transform our environment and therefore should be innovative, sustainable, and an imaginative response to its context that is ultimately a pleasure to experience.

Further speakers to be announced

NZRAB: 10 points

ADNZ: 2 points

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