McDonald's Bell Block

McDonald's Bell Block

New Plymouth, Taranaki


Photographer: Pip Guthrie

ASC Architects were required to produce a design for a new stand-alone family restaurant including McCafe and drive through facility. The building includes a fully enclosed internal playland.

Built by Livingstone Building NZ Ltd on Henwood Road, Bell Block, New Plymouth. The overall development is on a strategic stretch of SH3 heading to New Plymouth from the Airport.

The building is approx. 445sq.m sitting on a large site with potential for further development, Located on the eastern part of the site, south west facing to address the rest of the development and site entry. Visibility is a key consideration of the client and operational efficiency is paramount. Landscaping & parking has been designed as part of the overall master planned site.

The restaurant affords spectacular views to Mt Taranaki. The new restaurant is complemented with a new décor which is deliberately neutral. The energetic environments that have been the signature for McDonald’s past have now been replaced with a simpler, calmer & more classic décor. The minimisation of graphics allows for a suitably calm space.

Although Greenstar accreditation was not required, the design team & client do take seriously the need to select sustainable materials and come up with solutions that are higher than the minimum standard. The building is orientated south west. The project team considered ESD as an integrated design process, the building design and ongoing operation of the building, design outcomes that improve occupant experience and comfort. Mechanical services for the restaurant, include a requirement for the utilization of energy efficient control systems for reduction of operating costs through free cooling. Utilizing software programs for estimating the cooling and heating requirements, testing and commissioning using calibrated test equipment such as air flow testers ensure the plant is properly balanced, commissioned and operating efficiently.

LED lighting throughout is on daylight sensors. Durable cost effective & traditional materials have been selected minimizing ongoing maintenance. Internally timber look laminates and concrete look laminates are durable and meet all fire code requirements.

Timber look perforated panels provide acoustic performance in areas that otherwise have hard surfaces.