Plant and Food Research MARC

Client: The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research
Timeframe: Commenced 2014
Total value: $43M

Components: Refurbishment of Commercial/ Science Facility

Project description:

The Plant and Food Research refurbishment project is a government engagement that will see the upgrade of various buildings on the Mt Albert site.

The 5000m2 7 story Hamilton Building will house 4 floors of state of the art PC2 laboratories with a PC3 suite located within this footprint. The building will also include open plan office with meeting rooms, breakout spaces and a new conference centre.

The neighbouring 750m2 Cunningham Building conversion will create a central campus hub incorporating high grade video conferencing meeting rooms, archives and a new campus cafeteria. Adjacent to this in the Padfield Building, a new sensory facility will integrate clinical trials and consumer sensory panels.

Our role

Xigo Director, Michael Ward has been appointed as head project manager with Morgan Wardrop assisting him with responsibilities including all stakeholder engagement and relationship management, management of the whole design from concept to construction, staged procurement strategies, contract administration and risk management.

Having managed the internal consultant team and the client through to the final stage of design and into the initial construction phase Xigo will now lead the project through to practical completion in 2016.

Main challenges

  • Public sector engagement
  • Construction staging around scientific research experiments
  • Construction, demolition and asbestos removal in an occupied building
  • Full building services upgrade without risk to live experiments
  • Top down façade replacement
  • Procurement strategy in escalating market.