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Project:Langdons Quarter, Northlands Shopping Centre, Christchurch
Langdons Quarter is a new food and entertainment precinct in the Northlands Shopping Centre. This project involved the modification and strengthening of an existing building with 16 new tenant food offerings, improved pedestrian links to the carpark and cinemas above, and activating previously underutilised space. Daren Alderson was the Project Architect responsible for delivering this project. It came with several challenges in which Daren played a pivotal role in resolving.
During construction, numerous items were discovered, which were unknown at the design stage. These included existing structural details that differed from the as-built construction documentation, and existing construction elements not constructed to acceptable code. Daren coordinated the required design solutions with the relevant consultants, navigating his way through the challenges in a considered and pragmatic way, which ensured a great aesthetic outcome achieved within budget.
The judges noted that this project required Daren to bring together multiple tenancies impacted by the works, and to keep the shopping mall operative throughout the project. The judges were particularly impressed by the way, to ensure the project’s success, Daren went well outside of his discipline of architectural design.