Ponsonby Park – August Update

Some VERY good news!

The Community-Led Design Group (CLDG) was optimistic that the design studio appointment would be approved soon and that our 10-year-long CLD engagement process with the Waitematā Local Board would continue. This optimism was well founded and we are delighted to announce the design studio that has been selected to progress the Ponsonby Park project. 

Drum roll, please. And the design studio is… LandLAB! 

The CLDG is thrilled with this appointment and we extend our congratulations to Henry Crothers and his team. 

LandLAB’s Park+ concept design for Ponsonby Park, the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, was chosen by the community in 2017 as their preferred option. 

Since then the design has gone on to win several awards;

 – NZILA Award of Excellence in Unbuilt Visionary (2019)

 – World Architecture News (WAN) Future Projects: Civic Award Winner (2018)

 – World Architecture Festival (WAF) Civic Future Project Award Finalist (2018)

As the LandLAB website* says;

“PARK+ Ponsonby

In a world with increasingly complex problems, collaboration is essential.  PARK+ was LandLAB’s winning entry into the Ponsonby Park design competition held in late 2017. This project pilots a new model for community-led engagement, a design-led process, and interdisciplinary collaboration beyond a ‘business as usual’ consultation process.”

We are all stronger together and the CLD process has repeatedly shown this to be true. With the whole world now having to face the complex problems wrought by climate change, this project will provide real-world solutions to what are often daunting challenges. Ponsonby Park will be an exemplar of sustainability, mitigation, and adaptation. 

We would like to thank the WLB for their continued support in the process and we look forward to continuing our collaborative and constructive working relationship as the detailed work begins. 

LandLAB design studio is now underway with the development of their Park+ concept design into preliminary designs.

Brilliant – Be excited!

And keep watching this space.

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