The design and delivery of AgResearch's new $98m HQ and research centre on Lincoln University's campus had to take place within various constraints, including occupants with very clear ideas of what they do and do not want in a building. Director of Infrastructure John O’Dea explains: “For this building, we had the added consideration of users who had a long list of requirements which had to fit into a finite budget. And many of those needs were based on old ways of doing things, such as individual offices and workspaces, which simply wouldn’t be possible for the new building.”
Research scientists employed at AgResearch are a highly select group of specialists and leaders. The workspace created needed to be fit-for-purpose, but also satisfying. “This plays an important role in staff retention and attracting the very best new recruits. Our people tend to have lengthy tenures and they aren’t easily replaced, so getting the workspace right is crucial.” Having worked with Assurity in the past, he approached the company with an unusual brief – to help design a new building by putting the occupants first.