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