ADC has built both Wellington centres for Artemis Early Learning. The construction of the new centre in Grenada follows on from the Mana Early Learning Centre built in 2009 and is the result of a long term relationship between both companies.
Leaps and Bounds Grenada is a state-of-the-art facility built on an elevated site using a timber pole design. This centre provides a wide range of interesting internal and external areas for both play and teaching. The bright, modern building of 585 m2 is clad with cedar weatherboards and fibre cement. It includes four separate teaching areas and large workspaces to cater for a wide range of different age groups and activities. The Centre is served with bright and airy bathrooms, changing areas and kitchen facilities.
Extensive covered decking links the inside to the large interactive play areas outside. ADC built and installed all the playground equipment. This includes a very popular track for children to ride wheeled “vehicles’ and a wide range of different textural surfaces for child play. Large covered sand pit areas were built along with stone water channels for the children to float boats down. There are also tunnels to explore and hide in.
Big shade sails and other awnings and screens are used on the site permitting daily use of the facilities regardless of the weather.
Environmental features include rain water collection and double glazing on all windows for thermal and acoustic insulation.
The project also included car parking for 19 cars.
Special Info / Challenges:
This build came with a very tight programme because of delays with design and consent. The timeline was driven by the need to open the new centre in time for the start of the new school year.
“A challenging project successfully achieved, with Armstrong Downes Commercial working hard to meet stringent Health & Safety conditions from Wellington City Council, plus onerous site Resource Consent conditions.”
Martin Hay Director
MNZIQS Reg. QS
Hay and Associates