After a summer of activities in Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter, charity group Sustainable Coastlines has relocated their ‘Flagship Education Centre’ to an exciting new site on the corner of Beaumont and Madden Streets. The move represents a major step for the charity on its mission to look after our waterways and coastlines, and is the first stage of a larger centre with an even greater sustainability story and more activities to engage with.
Open to the public from 10.00am to 5.00pm each Wednesday to Sunday, this events, education and training space brings a wide range of sustainability-focused activities to the area. Visitors are invited to explore the good, the bad and the ugly about our coastlines and waterways in this unique and beautiful building through engaging, family-friendly displays, interactive technology and multimedia content. For a schedule of upcoming events, please head to our events page here.
With a focus on environmental education and hands-on learning, even the building itself is a success story for sustainability. Having used the building for their ‘Home Smart Home’ campaign in the Wynyard Quarter last summer, Sustainable Coastlines’ partner Samsung Electronics have donated it to the charity to repurpose and extend its life by converting it into this innovative community space.
To further bolster its environmental credentials, an innovative Nuralite membrane roofing system was added which improves the building’s insulation levels, reduces the roof’s surface temperature and can even decompose airborne pollutants into non-toxic by-products, offsetting the equivalent of over six cars worth of emissions.
Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle and take public transport to the centre and – being stationed in the corner of the Jellicoe car park – the building replaces car parks with bicycle racks, helping to reduce traffic and air pollution in the area.
General Manager of Sustainable Coastlines, Camden Howitt, says the charity is ecstatic with the opportunity for public outreach on Auckland’s waterfront this summer. “The Flagship Education Centre is a huge leap forward in our exciting journey to fulfil our vision of Beautiful Beaches, Healthy Waters and Inspired People. We are super excited about working in this space and welcome you all to come along, check it out and get involved.”
The landowner, the Council controlled organisation, Panuku Development Auckland has worked with the charity on this project since its inception. Its Place Making Manager Frith Walker says it is a perfect fit for the area. “After having The Flagship Education Centre in Wynyard Quarter over the summer, we are thrilled to have them stay on. Their good work in the nurturing of waterways is true to our values and aligns perfectly with our push for a more eco-friendly lifestyle in Wynyard Quarter as seen in the market leading sustainable design and ratings of the apartments and commercial buildings being developed here.”
Sustainable Coastlines would like to acknowledge project partners for their generous support, in particular to Panuku Development Auckland, Samsung, Department of Corrections, Benefitz, Singapore Airlines, Jasmax, Frequency Projects, Holmes Consulting Group, Holmes Farsight, Thorburn Consultants, Berry Simons Environmental Law, AECOM, Hawkins, Nuralite, Downer, Perry Metal Protection, Green Vision Recycling, Waitematā Local Board, Firth, Woods, Assetcare, Resene, Abodo, Pure By Plants, Tanks A Lot, Aqua Go, Inject Design, Greenwood Associates, Mainfreight, GWE Consulting, Ngati Whatua Orakei, NDY, Ecoglo, 90 Seconds, Cosgroves, Eventbase and SC Johnson.
We are looking for partners to get behind The Flagship Education Centre project and help us build the most sustainable building in New Zealand. In return we acknowledge our supporters with a huge range of unique, high-value brand alignment and media exposure opportunities. Find out more at the link below.