Sustainable Coastlines, The Flagship: Education Hub.

After a summer of activities in Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter, charity group Sustainable Coastlines has relocated their ‘Flagship Education Centre’ to an exciting new site on the corner of Beaumont and Madden Street. The move represents a major step for the charity on its mission to look after our waterways and coastlines, and is the first stage of a larger centre with an even greater sustainability story and more activities to engage with.

Open to the public from Wednesday 6 April, this events, education and training space brings a wide range of sustainability-focused activities to the area. From 10.00 am to 6.00 pm each Wednesday to Sunday, visitors are invited to explore the good, the bad and the ugly about our coastlines and waterways in this unique and beautiful building through engaging, family-friendly displays, interactive technologies and multimedia content.  

With a focus on environmental education and hands-on learning, even the building itself is a success story for sustainability. Having used the building for their ‘Home Smart Home’ campaign in Wynyard Quarter last summer, Sustainable Coastlines’ partner Samsung Electronics have donated it to the charity to re-purpose and extend its life by converting it into this innovative community space. To further bolster its environmental credentials, an innovative Nuralite membrane roofing system was added which improves the building’s insulation levels, reduces the roof’s surface temperature and can even decompose airborne pollutants into non-toxic by-products, offsetting the equivalent of over six cars worth of emissions. 

Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle and take public transport to the centre and – being stationed in the corner of the Jellicoe car park – the building replaces car parks with bicycle racks, helping to reduce traffic and air pollution in the area. 

For more information check out the Sustainable Coastlines website here.