Northtec is a Crown owned tertiary education institution, which
offers programs and courses from Level 1-7 on the NZQA framework.
Currently the majority of the courses offered by Northtec in the
Whangarei area are taught at the Raumanga campus. After a review
of services in 2007 it was agreed that there was an urgent need to
replace and/or upgrade many of the current buildings on the main
campus, reduce the number of teaching sites spread over the
Whangarei district and enhancement of trade training in general was
required in order to provide a quality teaching facility.
Due to cost/funding constraints it was proposed that the tradetraining element of the Northtec courses would be removed from the Raumanga campus and located in the existing industrial building at 19 Dyers St - formally used for the distribution of food and groceries. Northtec have leased approximately half the existing building and are fitting it out to accommodate the teaching and practical application of the trades training courses.
This move has allowed Northtec to bring together the trade training
courses under one roof. These courses include:
The proposal developed minimises the affect of the new use for the
building on the external envelope and maximises the volume
potential particularly to the workshops, whilst using circulation
hallways as a sound insulators between noisy and quiet spaces.
Essentially this is an extensive "fit out" of an existing building which
addresses one of the major considerations in sustainable design -
that of reuse of existing buildings and the continued use of "brownfields"