Palmerston North Clock Tower

The Palmerston North Clock Tower refurbishment was a project within the overall Palmerston North City Square redevelopment.


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Working with the Palmerston North City Council, a transparent inclusive approach was followed to ensure this beloved icon, built in 1952, was brought back to its former glory, taking pride of place in the centre of the Square.

The design used the elements of the existing building, including the transformer and gas pumping station to reinforce its elegant structure and new base. These elements were carefully concealed and integrated into the design providing a visual base to the slender tower.

As a CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principle, the structure was designed to make the centre of the Square safer as well as a place of interest.

A significant contribution to the Square was the lighting design of the tower, which can change according to any event. The clock tower has been enhanced to provide an elegant icon for Palmerston North, giving the space identity and a strong sense of place.

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