Our Centre has been designed with children in mind, purposefully constructed to provide an environment that is warm and non-institutional, that also meets the practical learning and living needs of the children who stay here.
Our Centre incorporates:
Integration of care and education — the entire building designed as a ubiquitous learning environment.
Community and safety — open plan spaces with minimal use of right-angles where children can be lost or disappear.
Privacy — individual space for ablutions, bedrooms that can be reconfigured, and alcoves to relax or read in.
Emotional safety — a building designed to feel welcoming.
Children at the forefront — unique design features such as windows, seating, door handles, benches and vanities built at heights appropriate for children.
Cost efficiency — insulation innovations, and thoughtful use of materials that require minimal maintenance.
Sustainability — use of local sustainable materials that complement the community we live in.
Cholmondeley sits on the shores of Ohinetahi (Governors Bay) nurtured and under the shadow of Te Poho o Tamatea Pōkai Whenua (Tamatea, the Great Explorer and Gatherer of Lands), The Mauka Teitei (Sacred Mountain), the Mauri (Life Force) and the Wairua (Spirit) of Rāpaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa.