Naylor Love was engaged to provide a design and build solution for Ravensdown’s Corporate Head Office in Christchurch, including offices for the senior management and finance teams and a customer service call centre. Their 125 staff had been housed in portacabins for over three years following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Ravensdown were looking for a low environmental impact, high profile design solution that provided a pleasant and practical working environment for their staff. The building needed to convey high quality materials and detailing, while still reinforcing Ravensdown’s corporate profile as a ‘grass roots’ agricultural business.
The resulting 1,700m² single-storey building is highly durable and easily maintained, with a mix of polished concretes, acrylics, natural timber finishes through to plywood and LVL portal frames – a beautiful and functional mix of traditional finishes and contemporary detailing. Environmental goals were achieved with the extensive use of timber in the structure and the low energy LED lighting control system.
The client was thrilled with the building we delivered in response to their brief, designed in partnership with Stufkens + Chambers Architects.
“From the commencement of the project the Naylor Love team involved the Ravensdown representatives in a collaborative relationship, taking the time to explain to laypeople what they were doing and always going above expectations to ensure that our needs were listened to and met.
I now proudly work in a building which has met all our expectations and has provided Ravensdown with a well-designed, professionally built showcase to ensure we are appropriately represented to our shareholders and the communities we serve.”
Tracey Paterson, General Manager – Organisational Development, Ravensdown
Client: Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative Ltd
Completed: August 2015
Awards: NZ Commercial Project Awards 2016, Commercial and Civic, Silver award