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Council marks 10 years in Rolleston headquarters

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This month the Council marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of its Rolleston headquarters.

The building, on Norman Kirk Drive, was officially opened in September 2007 by then Governor-General, Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, with staff moving into the premises in November 2007.

The 3,000 square metre complex was designed by architect Ian Athfield and comprises four linked blocks plus a Council chamber surrounded by carparking and landscaped grounds. Armitage Williams Ltd was the main contractor for the project.

Council Chief Executive David Ward says it was a long journey to get to the new premises. When the Council was formed in 1989, Selwyn was the only council in New Zealand that did not have the location of its head office specified by the government.

“That meant that from 1989 to 2007 the Council occupied a series of buildings in Leeston, Hornby and Darfield,” Mr Ward says. “As the district’s population started to grow, it became increasingly difficult for residents to engage with the Council across two sites, and equally for staff to operate effectively over the two locations.

“It was decided the logical solution was to relocate on to one site. Discussions started in January 2004 involving councillors, staff and the community, eventually settling on the Rolleston location.”

The building makes extensive use of natural timber and stone both inside and out, reflecting the Selwyn landscape.

It features a number of environmental features that were innovative at the time, including thermal mass flooring and exposed internal walls for temperature control, sensor-activated low-energy lighting, absorbant ceiling to reduce noise, reflective roof surface and large overhang to reduce solar gain, rainwater collected to supply toilet cisterns, and wide eaves to control glare from winter sun.

Last Changed: 08 Nov 2017


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