Council’s Laings Road Building houses the following administration teams: city infrastructure, community services, governance and regulatory services, strategic services, the Chief Executive, the Mayor’s office and Council Chambers.
Council’s customer services counter is on the ground floor. An internal gallery on this floor links the civic and administrative ends of the building, providing space for informal meetings and civic functions.
Designed in the 1950s according to Garden City and Modern Movement principles, the Civic Centre provided a focal centre in a city which had developed in a haphazard manner.
A refurbishment project was undertaken between 2014 and 2016 when it was found the administration building did not meet the current Earthquake code. The interior of the original building was demolished but the original facades to north and south were retained, along with the roof and a section of internal structure.
The re-piled, strengthened and retrofitted building integrates architectural design, heritage conservation, structural engineering, building services and construction methodology.
Our new building boasts a number of leading edge technologies and sustainable features including high levels of thermal insulation, double glazing and carefully controlled low-energy light fittings.
New multi-purpose 15 metre deep structural ‘energy piles’ were installed, a first in New Zealand at the time. The energy piles circulate pipework from the mechanical plant into the ground where they reject excess heat in summer and draw warmth in winter.
This ground source heat pump system reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The system also works in reverse and can be combined with cooling systems. In heating mode energy is extracted from the ground and in cooling mode, energy is rejected to the ground. This can significantly reduce cooling energy costs.
The refurbished Council buildings won four prestigious awards for commercial and architecture projects in 2017.
Architecture + earned three awards for the administration building in the heritage, interior architecture and public architecture categories at the Wellington Architecture Awards ceremony.
Project managers Naylor Love received a gold award at the New Zealand Commercial Projects Awards for the revamped and earthquake strengthened building.