Relocation of visitor facilities and interpretation centre away from te ara wairua (path of the spirits) to provide principal reception points for visitors to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga). The project included significant open space landscape regeneration and sensitive art integrated references to historical and cultural context. Extensive consultation was required with local iwi groups, tour operators and Northland Tourism. Stanley Group assisted in value managing construction costs after traditional tendering had led to potential cost over runs. Re-engineering the project, the building component was completed for substantially less than the original tender returns.
A holistic approach to sustainable design included significant open space landscape regeneration, robust low maintenance materials that naturally weather with time and full on site treatment of waste water. The buildings were all naturally lit and ventilated.
Extensive consultation was required with local iwi groups, tour operators and Northland Tourism. At times iwi consultation was extremely sensitive particularly in regard to historical grievances.
The design team successfully collaborated with renowned artist Carin Wilson and integrated art work in to the precast concrete walls with sensitive historical, cultural and environmental references.