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Leveraging rehabilitation with nature.

Project name

ABI Rehabilitation Centre




Porirua, Wellington

The client

ABI Rehabilitation

ABI Rehabilitation provides Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Stroke rehabilitation services throughout New Zealand and has for over 20 years.

This project was a 2,000m² new build upgrade for ABI Wellington, situated in Porirua, opposite the Kenepuru Hospital. As an essential build, this project was able to be continued during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns and completed by June that year.


This project embraces connection with the outdoors and allows nature to work its wonders on clients and staff alike

The new ABI centre in Porirua, built by Armstrong Downes Commercial and designed by PONEKE Ltd, was well researched with thoughtful considerations put into every aspect of this client-focused building.

Key considerations were on fostering a connection with nature, emphasising views, and accessing the natural environment to stimulate a calm surrounding and positively impact rehabilitation.

The building looks into a generous courtyard, sheltered and safe, allowing clients access to plantings, different textures, fresh air, and even a basketball court. It also has a scattering of breakout lounges in natural materials and residential-style fixtures to create a homely abode.

The building seeks to tell a story of unity, summed up as 'many, under one sky'.

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Maximising natural light, views, and materials to create a place of calmness and peace

The interior style of this single-story building was specifically set up to help motivate and inspire the clients residing there during their recovery. The average age of brain injury patients is 26 so the interior has a ‘funky cool’ feel to it and was designed to incorporate lots of natural light and have a homely feel.

To brighten the area and allow unobstructed views outside, the large rows of windows line the hallway and the opening sashes are positioned above or below the line of sight.

UNO worked with the team from Armstrong Downes Commercial on the supply and installation of the 102 window and door units for this important project.

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Window & door units
UNO supplied 102 window and door units for the rehabilitation centre in a range of aluminium fixed & casement windows and automatic doors.
Matt black powdercoat
Duralloy powdercoat
Dulux Duralloy powdercoat colour used throughout this rehabilitation centre is Matt Black, tying in with the exterior coloursteel.
Double glazing
Double glazing
Clear double glazing was used for the windows and doors to ensure durability and energy efficiency in this commercial setting. It also allowed maximum clarity to outdoor views.
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Commercial suite
The commercial suite was used on this project. This is designed for larger architectural and commercial applications and is suitable in demanding environments.

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