16 November 2013
The Cromwell Town Centre public toilet and bus shelter building has won an award from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
The modern facility, which opened for public use a year ago, received a Southern Architecture Award 2013 in the Small Project Architecture category at an awards ceremony held in Queenstown on Friday evening.
The toilet block situated in Lode Lane near the Cromwell Mall, was designed by Mary Jowett Architects Ltd and the project manager was DM Property Solutions Ltd.
The steel screens, providing privacy and shelter for bus passengers, feature cherry leaf shapes cut into them to represent the local produce. At night this creates a dramatic effect with the back lighting. The exterior cut stone facings and ultimate distressed steel look tie in with the town centre rejuvenation works on the north face of the Cromwell Mall, reflecting the Central Otago rocky landscape and bringing aspects of Old Cromwell Historic Precinct into the Town Centre.
Central Otago District Council Property and Facilities Manager Mike Kerr said the facility received strong use from both the local community and travellers and visitors to the area, with an average daily use of 280 people.
"It now means the Council's previously tired looking 'traveller toilets' in Roxburgh, Cromwell and Alexandra have all been redeveloped to provide a high standard across that network, which promotes people stopping off in our district and leaves visitors with a positive impression of our region. The Roxburgh facility, with its impressive community Art and Living Wall project also featured recently on television on the Seven Sharp programme."