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Callaghan Innovation and community collaborate on Gracefield Innovation Quarter Masterplan

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This article was published on 9 November 2020

Today Callaghan Innovation released for feedback initial ideas on a masterplan for our Gracefield Innovation Quarter (GIQ) site in Lower Hutt, Wellington.

GIQ has a long and rich history as a scientific institution. Set on over 10 hectares it is home to over 200 world-leading scientists, researchers and technicians providing a range of functions that support science and technology-based innovation. 

While the facilities and activities on site have evolved over the years, the vast majority of buildings are no longer fit-for-purpose. We are currently addressing this as part of a programme of work transforming GIQ into a vibrant, connected and supportive innovation community. 

The GIQ Masterplan will set the direction for the future development of the Gracefield site and identify areas for development, including physical infrastructure, amenities, green space and accessibility. 

Having a wide range of voices and input is critical for this stage of the process, as ultimately it’s about making sure we capture the current and future community’s aspirations.

The initial ideas we have developed, with the support of external design consultants Athfield Architects Ltd and Wraight + Associates, are being released for public feedback. We are seeking a broad range of thoughts on these ideas that will ultimately help shape the future of GIQ and build an innovation community that contributes towards a better New Zealand.

Please have your say between 9 November – 4 December 2020 on the GIQ Masterplan website. Following the feedback period there will be further opportunities in 2021 to refine and shape the GIQ Masterplan. 

For more information and to provide feedback please visit the GIQ Masterplan website