The design references the maritime context and includes elements from lighthouses, containers and breakwater walls. The Napier Port prides itself in its safety record and the new administration building supports this approach to safety, with a dedicated entrance which separates visitors from the heavy vehicles and machinery that operate in the area. Several sustainable design systems were used in the building, such as a Building BMS which controls the air-conditioning and electrical systems, allowing ongoing monitoring of the building’s energy consumption. High efficiency double glazing together with passive solar control regulates the internal working environment from the external conditions. Precast concrete also allows the building to naturally achieve sustainability.
PMA was successful in winning the design contract for a 1200sqm building to house management, operations and administration staff with offices, a cafeteria, lockers and meeting rooms.