Taupō District Council and the Waiora Community Trust celebrated the official opening and blessing by local hapū of Waiora House in Taupō earlier this month – a project that TwentyTwo was involved with from the outset.
The new social services hub and flagship community centre was previously housed in the former Taupō Maternity Hospital until 2019 when it was demolished following the discovery of asbestos.
TwentyTwo’s involvement in the new purpose-built Waiora House on the old hospital site on the corner of Spa Road and Kaimanawa and Motutaiko Streets started early on in the planning phase.
“TwentyTwo is very proud to have been involved in the project through the business case and procurement phases and as engineer to the Construction Contract” says David Lambie.
“This project provides a modern, flexible and safe home for a variety of community service providers in the region and exemplifies the strength of the relationship between Council and the Trust”.
The building was designed for collaboration and connection as reflected in the shared office space, meeting rooms and gathering areas for community use.
“A special mention to Council’s Project Manager Pete Bradshaw” says David “as well as Shelter Architects for their innovative design and RBS Group Construction who went the extra mile”.
Taupō District Mayor Daveid Trewavas said at the opening, “Waiora House stands as a symbol of hope, growth and collaboration. This facility will serve as a hub for meaningful interactions and support all members of our community”.