Rural Aged Care, Waikato

We were engaged in 2013 to provide lead design services for a new retirement village and childcare facility in Cambridge which will house over 500 residents in a variety of accommodation types including a hospital. We coordinated input from architects, ecologists, archaeologists, planners, traffic and civil engineers as well as Iwi and Council to develop a masterplan for a 15 year building programme. The landscape lead masterplan worked to protect and enhance the picturesque site and place buildings in locations which required minimal removal of the existing extensive tree cover. A series of recreational open spaces were integrated throughout the development which included sustainable initiatives such as wetlands, raingardens and improved riparian areas to treat the stormwater collected on site before it ran into the Waikato River. The project received resource consent in August 2015 and is due to commence construction in 2016.