New Shoots + Phil Smith + Establish = A Winning Combination
New Shoots Children's Centre in Pakuranga took out Excellence in the Resene Green Building Property Award at the 2017 Property Council New Zealand Awards last Friday night. This was another great win for Establish and CASA – the consenting and design teams on this project.
The 750msq.m building is located on a high-profile riverside site adjoining Lloyd Elsmore Park with tranquil views over a neighbouring golf course - a site that Paul Rodgers from Establish found specifically for New Shoots. It has direct pedestrian access to Lloyd Elsmore and Bell Park via a walkway alongside the river. The centre was designed by Architect Phil Smith from CASA and consented by the specialist childcare development team at Establish.
We’re particularly proud that this development has been awarded Excellence in the Green Building category and was only pipped for Best in Category by the ASB Waterfront Theatre – a project with a development budget of some $35M. This fantastic childcare centre is definitely punching well-above its weight and is a credit to the forward-thinking team at New Shoots and all of those involved in its development, says Logan Whitelaw from Establish.
The centres natural environment has been designed to flow through into the interior where internal plants and extensive glazing gives direct connection to the outdoors, and the expansive greenery of the golf course and park opposite. The extensive glazing maximises views, daylight and natural ventilation ensuring an optimal internal environment quality, which in turn leads to positive health outcomes for the children and staff says Phil Smith from CASA. The naturalised outdoor learning environments stimulate the diversity of children’s play experience and contribute to their healthy development. Best practice design of outdoor learning environments incorporates trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, edible fruits and vegetables—to connect children with nature and diversify their outdoor experience. These are principles that Establish believe are a winning combination for a ECE Centre.