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17 December 2021

Masterton District Council has chosen Architectus as lead architect for the Civic Facility project.

The Council confirmed funding for the development of a new Civic Facility through the adoption of the Long-Term Plan in June.

The appointment of a lead architect follows the appointment of a quantity surveyor and fundraiser for the project.

Architectus is an award-winning firm with experience designing public buildings around New Zealand and Australia.

The new Civic Facility will house a flexible theatre space that seats 500 people, and can be used for a variety of performances, events, small conferences, and gatherings.

It will have a foyer that can also act as an exhibition space, an information hub that would include some council services, and meeting rooms and kitchen facilities to support the civic facility. These spaces will flow out, connecting with the outdoor surroundings.

Chair of the Civic Facility Project Committee Cr Tina Nixon said the appointment of an architect was a key part of the process.

“Because the tender process required candidates to demonstrate their ability to deliver similar projects, it was unlikely that a local firm could demonstrate similar projects they completed in- house.

“But there is an expectation that Architectus will partner with a local architectural firm to deliver some of the project, and provide opportunities for direct employment for local architects.”

It is also expected that local students studying architecture will be given opportunities for internships, and local construction materials will be specified in the build.

A site for the Civic Facility is expected to be finalised in the first quarter of 2022.

The Request For Proposals (RFP) attracted sIx respondents who passed the pre‐qualification of the RFP and were subsequently assessed against the weighted Procurement Criteria.

·         Relevant Skills – 26 per cent

·         Relevant Experience and Track Record – 24 per cent

·         Methodology – 16 per cent

·         Broader Outcomes – 14 per cent

·         Price – 20 per cent.