Villa Maria College
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Following the Canterbury earthquakes, RMM collaborated with Villa Maria College, Maguire and Harford Architects, and Rubix to develop a landscape strategy and master plan for the College. Building on the Maguire and Harford Architects Campus Development Plan, the landscape strategy identified key underlying components of the College ethos, embracing these to develop a vision for future development.

The vision is for Villa Maria's campus to be a unique and attractive environment, honouring its heritage and supporting its core values: Education, Respect and Concern for others. Social and learning opportunities will be provided in an engaging and soft setting, embracing the whole school learning community.

In developing the landscape to be attractive, meaningful, and sustainably responsive, it was essential to consider options for enhancing the site's biodiversity, courtyard environments, stormwater management and long-term maintenance.

Integral to the master plan was pedestrian prioritisation and improving pedestrian connections throughout the College. Thus, a feature of the landscape strategy is flexible spaces that can host outdoor school assemblies and events while also being comfortable for small groups or individuals undertaking schoolwork.

The landscape development plan and strategy provided a cohesive connection between facilities and outdoor spaces to 'enhance the College environment', improving the staff, student, and visitor experience. Flexibility was built into the landscape strategy, enabling initial project construction while acknowledging future development's spatial requirements.

First-up projects that have been completed include the Peer Street entrance and Brodie car parks, the McAuley Lawn, the Kia Toa Building and the award-winning Te Manawa Atawhai - Catherine McAuley Centre with Hamish Shaw Architect. RMM was actively involved in these projects.
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