Cornerstone Group Ltd, Waimauku

Patrick Corfe Landscape Architects prepared the Landscape and Visual Assessment for Cornerstone Group Ltd to incorporate a Cafe, Restaurant and Convention Centre on their 486 ha site at Waimauku. The cafe was situated on the North Auckland Railway Line and to be themed accordingly. The investigations resulted in changes to the building surrounds, parking and circulation systems and greater integration with its local context. The proposals included nine planting zones, pedestrian walks, protection and enhancement of existing vegetation and hydrology.

The building was located well off State Highway 16 and against a backdrop of elevated pastoral hillsides. The indicative sectional elevations demonstrate the extent of rural land and building scale in relation to contour and Renall’s Hill in particular. The Cafe was to become a catalyst for farm wide improvements as well as a venue for locals and visitors to enjoy with access from SH.16. The improvements were in part mitigation but also evidence of new trends in farm management that will ultimately initiate changes in rural character.