Hutt at Heart

Riddiford gardens receives architecture award

Riddiford Garden and the Civic Precinct have won the parks category at the Resene New Zealand Institute of Architecture Awards.

The awards, held yearly, raises the profile of the landscape architecture profession – providing members and the Institute an opportunity to celebrate and reward excellence.

Isthmus, the architects responsible for the design of Riddiford Garden, were commissioned by Hutt City Council to improve its looks, vitality, function and pride.

The project was created in parallel with the redevelopment of the Administration building and Lower Hutt Events Centre, and was imagined as a place to celebrate the heritage and contemporary culture of the community. The plan tied into the wider Making Places strategy aimed at creating the foundation for a sustainable, vibrant, and future focused CBD.

The project was completed in three stages and has created:

  • more activity in the gardens, with groups using it throughout the day,
  • an improved feeling of safety with more sightlines and passive surveillance,
  • more accessible paths,
  • improved connections between facilities,
  • improved integration with the Council Building and the Lower Hutt Events Centre.

The judges called the project “…an extensive and beautifully implemented urban park, which has re-energised the civic heart of Lower Hutt.”

They appreciated the variety of new and improved spaces that specifically catered for all members of our community and the meticulous detailing and consistency of quality materials.

“The Riddiford Gardens and Civic Park project has breathed new life into Hutt City.”

Congratulations to the team for delivering an outstanding example of a quality development.

For more information on the award, go to the NZILA website.

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