CCM Architects were awarded this project following a national tender. It required an innovative approach, careful planning around important aspects of the Square and to suit the staged funding constraints.
Palmerston North’s Square had become unsafe at night, lacked legibility and clarity, and the piecemeal approach to resolving issues made the Square an unwelcoming place.
Research was undertaken to rediscover the Squares’ history, and understand how this could be made relevant for the City.
Providing a safe space was key and principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) are fully embedded in the project.
Integrated telecommunications and power facilities across the Square were also important features, enabling the space to be used for a variety of events and activities throughout the year.
Careful consideration was given to the four quadrants, each providing different character, allowing for a variety of activities from active to contemplative, day and night.
Palmerston North City Council staff directed this project which involved extensive discussion. The project was eventually brought to life through the vision of the people of Palmerston North.
The Square has become a revitalised focus for the city; a space that has energy, speaks of its history with a strong identity of a sense of place.
CCM Architects is a design lead New Zealand practice. We bring a commitment to architecture that serves the users and delivers for the client fresh ideas, creativity and simplicity out of complex issues.
Our experience ranges from large scale university campuses and hospitals through to civic parks and streetscapes. We understand the importance of urban design to enhance the connections and spaces between buildings for users and the impact this has on creating quality buildings.
We have specialist skills in project management, leading large consultant and contract teams on a variety of projects. We have developed close working relationships with allied professionals to provide our clients with the best expertise available into a cohesive working environment.
We have wide experience in all aspects of the design and delivery of ﬁtouts that complement the ever-evolving needs of the users. We work with our clients to find the best ﬁt within certain parameters such as look and feel, quality, programme and sustainability.
We bring the knowledge of urban context to architectural projects. Providing our clients with consultation design and facilitation skills that ensure their projects fit into the city fabric.
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