GHD Woodhead Creative Spaces won the Waikato Bay of Plenty Public Architecture Award for Te Aka Mauri. The awards jury convenor, Hamilton architect Evan Mayo, said it was encouraging to see high-quality public, commercial and educational buildings in Whakatāne, Tauranga, Rotorua and Te Awamutu.
"These buildings are real community assets, and some of them offer valuable precedents for the provision of important services," he said.
This inspired collaboration between the Lakes District Health Board and Rotorua Lakes Council saw Rotorua Library redeveloped as a knowledge hub and children’s health centre. It is a daring move away from hospital-based health practices to holistic health and wellbeing approaches. The new buildings, carefully composed and with culturally appropriate references, provide a single, centrally accessible centre for children and their whanau. This project shows the ability for architecture, suitably expressed, to provide a bold and solid community foundation.
GHD Woodhead Creative Spaces: “We’re absolutely thrilled that one of our Architecture projects, Te Aka Mauri Children’s Health and Library Hub, won the Public Architecture Award in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty NZIA Architecture Awards! Delivered collaboratively by the Lakes District Health Board and the Rotorua Lakes Council, the Te Aka Mauri Children’s Health and Library Hub is now a welcoming facility for all, providing a one-stop hub for learning, inspiration, education and health for everyone in the community.”