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University of Canterbury: NZi3 Research Building

The first education building in New Zealand to receive a five-star Green ‘New Zealand excellence’ rating

Sustainable design is inherent in the building and landscape design of the NZi3 research and teaching facility at the University of Canterbury. The NZi3 centre is dedicated to fostering innovation and partnership between university departments and business interests in information and communication technology.

The facility is the first education building in New Zealand to receive a five-star ‘New Zealand excellence’ rating from the Green Building Council, of which Boffa Miskell is a member. The landscape design by Boffa Miskell contributed to this rating through the use of locally indigenous plant species, local or recycled construction materials and permeable surfaces and rainwater gardens to reduce and collect runoff – all specified to minimise the site’s ecological footprint now and into the future.

The site development has been part of the ongoing campus master planning service undertaken by Boffa Miskell for the university since 1998.

Our role

Landscape Design

The facts

ClientUniversity of Canterbury
Project teamMark Brown
Worked with

Warren and Mahoney

Project date2006 - 2009