Strong lines, impeccable design for new PGG Seeds building

Strong lines, impeccable design for new PGG Seeds building
Clear glazing combined with smooth grey concrete panelling below contrasts with dark standing seam cladding above.

Clever design by Walker Architecture in Christchurch has delivered a strong new identity for PGG Wrightson Seeds at a tailor-made building in Lincoln.Having been in temporary premises in Hornby after their previous building collapsed in the 2011 earthquake, PGG Wrightson Seeds’ team had keenly anticipated making the move to a well-designed, structurally sound building in Lincoln.
Ngai Tahu had approached Walker Architecture to design the new building on the south east corner of the Springs Road/Gerald Street intersection in Lincoln, adjacent to the university and forming part of the AgResearch Centre campus.
PGG Wrightson is one of Ngai Tahu’s key tenants.Working closely with both PGG Wrightson Seeds and Ngai Tahu, Walker Architecture created a be-spoke design, matched both to site and purpose.
Finished last year, the new building is today serving as a smart, strong and visually striking base of operations for the PGG Wrightson Seeds team.“There was a narrow sliver of land available for the building and that’s what dictated its long rectangular shape,” explains Jason Walker, of Walker Architecture.
It is a building of contrasts and strong linear features, with a darker upper storey seeming to almost fl oat above a light-filled transparent base. Clear glazing combined with smooth grey concrete panelling below contrasts with dark standing seam cladding above.
The top form is uninterrupted, with all plumbing and pipes concealed from view.One of the visually exciting highlights of the design is how the exterior upper form seems to fully wrap around the building with the metal ribs on the exterior walls going right up to the roof.
Both ends are fully glazed and faceted in two different directions, adding to the considerable aesthetic impact. Extensive eaves are part of the design, ensuring offices within are light yet protected from any harsh direct sun.
“It looks simple but it was challenging to create that very simplistic exterior form. It involved a lot of collaborative work on site, for example with the main cladding contractor. We were still very much involved throughout the building phase.”
Walker Architecture was mindful also of the building’s south-facing orientation on the site. The design includes double doors/double entry at the front that function as a kind of airlock to protect the building from southerly winds.
Visitors step into a spacious elongated reception area with adjacent meeting rooms on either side. Accessibility has been well-considered, with flush level entry into the building and a lift available to the open plan office spaces on the upper floor.
Other key contractors involved in this project included Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers (Kent Huxford), the Architectural Roofing Company and Hanham & Philp Contractors.
Walker Architecture is a multi-award winning practice with decades of experience in the Christchurch area and beyond. Its outstanding track record can be seen in the many commercial buildings and quality homes that its close-knit team has designed over many years.
The practice offers a relaxing, enjoyable and professional service to all clients.Meanwhile, an exciting new project for Walker Architecture in 2020 involves a design transformation of an 84-room Quest Hotel building on Cambridge Terrace that will be stripped out, then earthquake strengthened and upgraded.
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