New Plymouth Airport Design Brief
Craig Pocock was approached by the New Plymouth District Council to reset the design brief for the New Plymouth Airport, concepts had been developed over the course of a year but had not met the council aspirations. The council wanted the design to recognize the airports role as the gateway to the region, engage in the site and there was a desire the have a deeper more meaningful dialog with local Maori who had a deep attachment to the site. Craig helped the council develop a workshop structure that would engage all parties in the airport development ranging from the airport company to the local hapa Puketapu. Once the structure for the workshop was developed Craig worked with all parties pre-workshop to negotiated roles and then lead a three day workshop that involved council staff, iwi, architects and the airport company. The workshop reviewed current progress, tested the design and functional assumptions, review the cultural, heritage and landscape values of the site. Craig managed the groups through the workshop to test out a range of concepts each with cost estimations, encourage the parties to develop a collaboration design process and test possible governance structures. Post workshop Craig wrote the design brief for the airport terminal building, surrounding landscape and the integration of Maori values into the design which the council adopted. The brief lead to the development of a 22 million dollar airport concept design that integrated with the landscape and met the councils gateway requirements. The resetting of the brief and associated brief was completed within a month.
New Plymouth District Council
Pocock design environment lead