Design for Botanic Gardens revealed

05:24, Sep 18 2012
Botanic Gardens entry pavilion
GLASSED IN: Auckland architects Pattersons Associates have come up with a striking glass-sided design for the Botanic Gardens’ planned new entry pavilion.

The Christchurch City Council is close to letting a contract for the construction of a glass-sided entry pavilion for the Botanic Gardens.

Tenders for the pavilion, designed by Auckland architectural firm Pattersons as part of a 2009 nationwide design competition, have closed and the council hopes to appoint a contractor in the next few weeks so work can begin by the end of the year.

The pavilion, estimated to cost $8 million, is being built to mark the 150th anniversary of the Botanic Gardens and will serve as a visitor centre for the more than one million people who visit each year.

Cr Helen Broughton, who was on the panel that selected the winning design, said it was a relief to finally see some progress on the project after the delays forced by the earthquakes.

The pavilion would be a striking addition to the gardens and provide a much-needed facility for public lectures and events, she said.

"I'm just really pleased it's getting off the ground. It's a really exciting design," Broughton said.

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