Leith Place looks to provide a flexible, visually interesting space visible from the state highway to entice motorists to stop and take a break.
Tokoroa's history as a thriving industry town, driven by forestry and farming, is acknowledged in the design of Leith Place.
Tokoroa's history as a thriving industry town, driven by forestry and farming, is acknowledged in the design of Leith Place.

Tokoroa is a small town in the Central North Island of New Zealand. Once a thriving industry town driven by forestry and farming, people have moved to bigger centres resulting in steady decline for the town itself. Located in central Tokoroa, the redevelopment of Leith Place looks to provide a flexible, visually interesting space which draws people into the settlement.

The design has strong geometric forms, complemented within the landscape.
The design has strong geometric forms, complemented within the landscape.

Boffa Miskell provided landscape design into the connectivity and functionality of the space. Initially the project was based around the construction of a proposed i-Site information centre. The design which had strong geometric forms, was complemented within the landscape. Key moves included the delineation of space through a combination of ground treatments, with a variety of surface materials to emphasise movement. A central angular break out lawn space breaks up the predominantly hard surfaces, reflecting the architecture and adding interest and options into a flexible plaza space.

Boffa Miskell DCA Architects BCD Group Ltd Cosgroves Limited

Large trees anchor the overall site into the design, with complementary plantings selected to suit the harsh environment into which they would be placed.
Large trees anchor the overall site into the design, with complementary plantings selected to suit the harsh environment into which they would be placed.
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