The Art of Engineering – Sculptureum

We could all do with more colour, whimsy and wonder in our lives – and a recent project we’ve been involved with promises all that and more.  Sculptureum on Omaha Flats Road in Matakana opened its doors to the public this week and we couldn’t be more delighted.  Our civil engineering, surveying and planning teams have been involved and we are all looking forward to visiting the finished gardens.

The hundreds of art works on display in the Sculptureum Gardens and Galleries have been chosen to amuse, inspire and stimulate.  There are more than 150 exhibits and more than 400 works of art filling the Garden of Creative Diversity, the Palm Garden and the Pink Snail Garden.  Six galleries feature art from local and international artists, and all this is located in a beautifully landscaped vineyard combined with a function centre and restaurant.

The Matakana vineyard needed extensive work to bring owners Anthony and Sandra Grant’s vision to life.  Chris Shortt, Civil Engineering Manager, led the teams and provided:

  • Land Use Consent for the sculpture gardens, museum etc.
  • Integrated Civil Design for the entire park including design of the carpark and onsite wastewater and stormwater systems
  • Topographical Survey
  • Assistance with Resource Consent Compliance matters
  • Final certification and sign-off for onsite wastewater and stormwater systems.

“This is a really cool project, we have been working on Sculptureum for a while now and to see it all come together and look amazing is very satisfying.  I plan to take the family there very soon – and we always look forward to going up to Maktakana for our engineering site visits.”

Chris Shortt, Civil Engineering Manager

The property is environmentally friendly and self sufficient.  As there is no reticulated water system in Matakana water supply, waste water and stormwater are managed on-site.  The large water tanks collect stormwater from buildings and provide water supply for the entire facility – cafe, public toilets and art galleries.  The secondary function is to manage storm water run off;  with the swale outlet also collecting stormwater from the new carpark and providing treatment and controlled release of the storm water into the existing water course.  This is low impact, low maintenance, environmentally friendly way of managing water.

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