Ara Institute of Canterbury

When we first engaged with Ara the brief was clear, optimise space with a focus on flexible and modern solutions.

We have been working with Ara for over 7 years and are their preferred furniture supplier for Project work and ‘business as usual’ supply.

When we first engaged with Ara the brief was clear, optimise space with a focus on flexible and modern solutions.

As an organisation, Ara is continually pursuing their mission to provide innovative and quality educational experiences.  We needed to thoughtfully cater to varying learning, working and teaching styles.

The facility now boasts a collaborative learning environment that supports individual technology preferences to executive areas that are functional and flexible. Haworth by Europlan has created synergy between sophisticated functionality and aesthetic design by delivering responsive spaces that can be easily re-configured to meet the changing needs of Ara.

We work closely with Facilities Management for day to day ‘business as usual’ supply to ensure all products purchased has the long term vision in mind.  Working alongside key stakeholders we have developed a Standard Catalogue of Furniture that makes ordering easy and takes out the guess work for staff.  Helen and the team have supported Ara and delivered on the following points:

  • Executed anything from large project work to ongoing day to day supply
  • Worked closely with Project Management Team, Facilities Managers and end users
  • We have held knowledge share workshops around how to create future proof, agile learning spaces
  • Activated space and advised around design and cost efficiency
  • Supplied future based workspace platforms with take back programs
  • Space planning & renders
  • Custom made furniture
  • Worked with Facilities management to consolidate inventory of furniture across multiple campus’
  • Compiled a standard furniture catalogue to ensure ease of ordering
  • Consistently reviewing processes to achieve cost efficiencies and ensure we are adding value to the partnership
  • Successfully completed several large projects with staged installations, some stages unplanned due to delays in construction – these have been managed seamlessly by the team

 

Kahukura Building: Engineering & Architectural Studies

Following a Tender process Haworth by Europlan were awarded the contract to fit out the whole of the Kahukura Building for Ara, this included all Learning Spaces, all of the Offices, Atrium Spaces, Common Areas, Computer Suites and Specialised Lab Spaces.

We worked attentively to meet the challenges of making intelligent use of the space and identifying solutions that supported an agile and technologically-savvy environment. It was important that the design of the fit-out had a classic yet contemporary aesthetic, providing confidence in the longevity of the project.

Working alongside the Project Management Team and where applicable with the Specialist Departments we were able to create future proof spaces that perform.
The building was the first of its kind for ARA and the brief was exceeded once the project was delivered.  With expert Project Management the large fit out went ahead without a hitch and any challenges out of our control were easily mitigated and ARA are very happy with the space.

Te Kei: Executive Block

Haworth by Europlan were awarded the contract to fit out the whole of the Executive Building for ARA, this included all Executive Office, Café Boardroom, Meeting Rooms and Atrium.

For the executive building ARA were looking for something a little different, something that speaks to the history of the business and also where the company is headed.

Europlan worked closely with ARA and the Architect to select products that met the brief but were also in budget.  We advised areas they could save money and where the best areas were to invest.

What resulted was a very impressive fit out which ARA, the Architects and Europlan are very proud of.

ARA are very happy with Haworth by Europlan’s delivery and partnership performance, rating us a 10 out of 10 in an independent survey!


 

The Haworth by Europlan Team who look after Ara are:
Project Lead – Helen Dennis | Project Manager – Paul Clucas | Project Support – Jenessa Georgica

We worked attentively to meet the challenges of making intelligent use of the space and identifying solutions that supported an agile and technologically-savvy environment.

Related Products

A selection of Haworth products that we specified in this project.

Gallery

More photos of Ara Institute of Canterbury.