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Marlborough facilities shortlisted for architecture awards

Blenheim’s new sports center and three public toilet improvements have been shortlisted for the 2022 Nelson and Marlborough Architecture Awards.

State-of-the-art Lansdowne Sportshub shortlisted for Nelson and Marlborough Architecture Awards 2022

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) recently released a shortlist of 15 projects for this year’s awards.

The Lansdowne Sportshub is shortlisted in the “Commercial Architecture” category.

Conceived by
Arthouse Architects, built by Robinson Construction and funded by the Council, the state-of-the-art building provides a central administration facility and changing rooms for several sports codes. A bar, kitchen, reception area, equipment stores, referee rooms and a confectionery store are also incorporated.

“This is a wonderful, high quality facility and new home for Marlborough’s netball, rugby, touch, beach volleyball and softball clubs. The project came about through the dedicated work of many people and organizations. Arthouse Architects and the team at Robinson Construction, along with a wide range of sub-contractors, have done a superb job,” said Mayor Leggett at the recent opening.

In the ‘Public Architecture’ category, three toilet improvements located in Seymour Square in Blenheim, Havelock and Anakiwa were nominated.

Also designed by Arthouse Architects, the Council partly funded the toilets, with a 50% contribution from the government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF).

Councilor Jenny Andrews, holder of the public amenities portfolio, says the three were aging concrete blocks with basic fixtures.

“The new toilets are designed to provide high quality facilities to serve our communities and visitors well for a long time to come,” Clr Andrews said.

“Accessibility and user safety were important design considerations, as was the arrangement of outdoor seating to provide a place to rest or wait for others,” she said.

The winners will be announced on Friday, July 29.

Caption for photo 1:
State-of-the-art Lansdowne Sportshub shortlisted for Nelson and Marlborough Architecture Awards 2022

Photo caption 2:
Improvements to public toilets in Seymour Square (pictured with Councilor Jenny Andrews), Havelock and Anakiwa also made the shortlist

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