Te Kei design finalised

Te Kei design finalised

The design is finalised; the new Athfield Architects designed Te Kei building (Administration Hub) on CPIT's Madras Street campus is a move towards flexible, open plan offices.

Workspaces, informal spaces, reception, storage and meeting spaces have been carefully arranged in the two storey building that will, by the end of 2016, house the Executive team, Human Resources, Finance, Skills for Canterbury, Marketing and the Project Management Office. These teams are currently located at ALX, C Block and ML Block across Madras Street.


View of Te Kei, the Administration Hub, from Coventry Street.

The move will bring these functions together for better collaboration in purpose built spaces. Future occupants of Te Kei have been visiting open plan workspaces around Christchurch to get a feel for what elements are most beneficial to this way of working. Some of the sites visited include the Epic hub, Christchurch City Council and Deloittes.

The current developed design includes the first floor featuring an atrium, 348sqm of open plan workspace, a collaboration space, two quiet rooms, an interview room and four meeting rooms of various sizes. The second floor comprises seven executive offices, 259sqm of open plan workspace, three meeting rooms, a collaboration space and a communal kitchen area. 

The 1720sqm hub is located on the site of the former recreation centre and will sit alongside the north green, a large landscaped area.

Light and airy on the inside, the building utilises passive solar shading for better efficiency.

The name, Te Kei, means the bow of the canoe, where people in leadership would sit, and it is designed to stylistically complement its neighbour Te Puna Wanaka.

Several areas of CPIT already utilise open plan workspaces. Open plan offices have also been introduced in the new Te Whareora (Science and Wellbeing Facility) which opened in February 2015 and are a feature of the refurbishment now underway at the Trades Campus.

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