Rutherford's Den Organisational Design

Arts Centre Christchurch – Christchurch, New Zealand
Facilitation, Research, Strategy, Delivery

Christchurch is a city on the move. Following the devastating earthquakes of 2011, reconstruction is in full swing. Working for the Arts Centre Christchurch, this commission focused on the development of a business plan for the reopening of Rutherford's Den, a local institution within the Arts Centre precinct. 

An invaluable educational resource in the past, Rutherford's Den was ripe for reinvention before the 2011 earthquakes. The former research rooms used by Ernest Rutherford himself, the man who split the atom, the attraction had been largely targeted at school groups and schoolchildren. Following on from previous work to set the Creative Brief for the Den, it was imperative for the operations of the institution to be laid out in order to match the quality of the new design.

Left Bank Co. collaborated with the Arts Centre executive team on the development of the organisational design for operating Rutherford’s Den in order to establish the institution as a financially sustainable business and attractive to a broad public audience. This process was undertaken with facilitated sessions with the executive team, in-depth research into international benchmarks and strategic development of a suitable business model that would achieve the objectives for the institution.

The completed organisational design was used as the basis for applying for further government funding in order to establish Rutherford’s Den in the best manner possible for its launch in late 2016.  The revitalised Rutherford’s Den reopened in late 2016 with much success, and is forming the foundation for opening up the rest of the Arts Centre precinct. Read more here.