Client: Dunedin City Council

Architect: McCoy & Wixon Architects

Project Budget: $5.5 million

Project Year: 2015

Size: 1350 sqm

Project Length: 9 months

Category: Commercial, Parks and Recreation

Location: Otago

Project Services: New Build, Project Management

Dunedin Botanical Gardens

Plant Nursery and Propagation Facility

The new propagation and nursery facilities on Lovelock Avenue are the biggest investment in the Dunedin Botanic Garden’s history. Soon after the turn of the century the Dunedin City Council identified the old plant nursery facility was both aging beyond repair and inefficient. The environmental management systems became less energy efficient and inadequate to produce the variety of plants needed by the Garden.

 

The new facility features a generous potting and propagation area, office spaces, teaching spaces designed with school groups in mind and a glasshouse which hosts 8 fully automated habitats.

 

Specialised projects such as this don’t come along often, but the challenges of creating this highly complex facility were met head on by the Cook Brothers Construction and the consultants' teams.

Client: Dunedin City Council

Architect: McCoy & Wixon Architects

Project Budget: $5.5 million

Project Year: 2015

Size: 1350 sqm

Project Length: 9 months

Category: ,

Location:

Project Services: ,

Dunedin Botanical Gardens

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A world in one

A modern and technologically advanced facility was designed by McCoy & Wixon architects to make the most of natural elements, such as the sun. The highly specialised glasshouse, divided into 8 different compartments, can simulate environmental conditions tailored to the plants it hosts, from arid deserts to tropical forests and subalpine mountains.

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Advanced technology

This project was not a traditional build as it also included some technical and specialised services, including very complex systems ($1million plus) that keep the ambient conditions of each habitat to the set values all year round. Temperature, solar gain, irrigation and humidity levels are all computer controlled.

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A local team of quality service consultants and subcontractors worked together to provide the installation needed to control the many habitats.

Bare Bones

The propagation shed is built from simple, sustainable materials which were selected to endure the test of time and weather in a facility that is built for performance, not for show. Exterior cladding of profiled steel is supported by a steel and pine structure. Interior linings of pine ply are used extensively on walls, ceilings and workbenches. The glasshouse structure is a mix of steel and polycarbonate.

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