Palmerston’s Downtown Food Court

Palmerston's Downtown Food Court
Palmerston’s Downtown Food Court

The brief:

Downtown on Broadway planned to create a smart new street food eatery within their mall in Palmerston North. Product X Architecture Ltd headed the design of the project’s base building requirements, which included deliberate architectural features and an industrial-style look with exposed services below the concrete ceiling slab. The HVAC requirements included kitchen exhaust to 8 commercial kitchens, outdoor air make-up, space heating and air conditioning, situated directly below a multi storey carpark. This posed significant challenges, with no obvious available route for the kitchen exhaust system ductwork.


Three independent ductwork systems were designed and fully coordinated with the building and architectural drawings and features. We produced a 3D drawing which, when viewed using Navisworks, allowed the contractor to “walk through” the systems to provide clarity to the installation. A store room in the carpark above was converted into a plant room and contains the main air handling plant; a vertical external duct carries kitchen exhaust air up to above roof level. The systems are controlled via a Building Management System.


The exposed ductwork systems are on view for all to see and are a notable feature in themselves, complementing the overall look of the foodcourt. All HVAC systems are operating to legislative requirements and to the owner’s satisfaction.