Mangere Arts Centre
RDT Pacific provided Project Management and Cost Management/Quantity Surveying services for this multi-use, purpose-built arts facility in Mangere, Auckland. The sustainably designed facility caters for both the visual and performing arts, with a focus on engaging with the area’s youth.
From the beginning, the project had several particular requirements. In addition to meeting accepted standards for the lighting, sound and amenities of a performance venue, the building needed to demonstrate a strong cultural connection to New Zealand, iwi and Pacific Island communities.
Significant community consultation was undertaken on the project, which, when opened, would be a flexible arts and performance space that could house up to 300 people for everything from kapa haka to a string quartet.
RDT Pacific’s role included management of:
- Project Management
- Cost Management
- Assisting Manukau City Council with Funding application presentations
- Assisting Manukau City Council with the consultation process
It was particularly crucial for the building to have appropriate spaces to display large artworks, including textiles such as tapa cloth. The layout was specifically designed to support powhiri and other formal greetings and gatherings, with flexible spaces that fit neatly within the building to encourage cultural meetings and celebrations as well as the delivery of educational programmes.
The facility has indoor/outdoor flexibility regarding performance and visual art, such as a sculpture garden and external performance spaces. A courtyard separates the performance venue from the art gallery, and café and arts retail spaces provide ongoing income streams.
Both practically and aesthetically, the building maintains a complementary relationship with the nearby library, shopping mall and its road frontage.
The complex has become a hub for the diverse cultural activities that underpin the unique character of Mangere’s people. It will further connect Mangere with other New Zealanders by showcasing the area as a vibrant creative and cultural hub.
“RDT are outstanding in that they do not walk away at the end of their contract. If there are outstanding issues they keep coming back until everything is resolved. They are always focused on the client’s best interests, while remaining aware of the need to maintain a harmonious working relationship with all members of the project team.”
Dena Gilmore, Principal Policy Analyst South Community and Cultural Policy