Created in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Peter Jackson and WingNut Films the Great War Exhibition is located on the ground level of the former Dominion Museum and National Art Gallery on Buckle Street in Wellington.
As a category 1 listed building by Heritage New Zealand, the project required skillful design to achieve the optimum balance between heritage, the immersive exhibits and legislative compliance. Extremely tight timeframes added extra complexity to the project and demanded smart, collaborative design and excellent communication between all parties involved. Liaison with a heritage architect, consulting planners, Heritage New Zealand and Wellington City Council was essential in refining the design approach to achieve acceptance of an acceptable solution and to ensure the necessary consents were obtained.
The exhibition was planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a fixed opening date of ANZAC Day 2015. This resulted in a short 4.5 month programme for all aspects of the design and construction process with no flexibility on timeframe.
Working as a team WSP were responsive to changing client requirements and design evolution of the exhibit. We proactively looked to resolve issues before they became problems in a collaborative team environment where the design team, client, exhibit designer and contractor worked together to deliver a highly successful world class exhibition on time.
Fully understanding the project user requirements and being responsive and flexible enabled the design team and contractor to meet the extremely short delivery programme. Being able to respond quickly and think laterally to solve problems on site ensured there was no delay in the project delivery.
The project was delivered on time and the exhibition opened on 100th Anniversary of ANZAC day for the country to visit and experience what World War I was about, the heroes and the loss that New Zealand and New Zealand families suffered over this four year period.