Architecture firm Peddle Thorp released details today of a 52-storey apartment tower on Customs St East, to be built within the next 3-4 years.
The tower on a 2729m2 site is part of Peddle Thorp’s design to redevelop the Customs St East block between Fort & Gore Sts and received resource consent from Auckland Council yesterday.
The development also incorporates 2 smaller buildings currently on the site – an 11-storey office block on the corner of Fort St which will be updated to integrate into the new tower. The heritage building’s facade on Gore St will remain unchanged and be incorporated into the new development.
The developer is Shundi Customs Ltd (directors Shao Huojun & Zhu Lijuan; shareholders Shundi Group Investment Ltd (60%), held by a Gilligan Sheppard trustee company, and Shanghai Shenshun Investment Co Ltd of Shanghai (40%).
Bradley Luke, Director of Peddle Thorp, said the tower would add a new dynamic to Auckland’s skyline and help to redefine the potential of apartment living in Auckland: “Every apartment in the development is north-facing and most have unencumbered views out to the Waitemata Harbour. We’ve designed them so they are liveable, high quality & maximise outdoor space.
“For residents & visitors, it features public walkways that will connect people to Gore St Lane and includes a selection of apartments with double-height balconies to maximise outdoor living space.
“The sharp angle at the top of the tower has been designed to avoid shading Emily Place and to give the tower a striking form.”
The main tower will house 221 apartments, including 11 floors of penthouse apartments, as well as a mix of 1-3 bedrooms & studios – 15 penthouses, 56 3-bedroom apartments, 10 duplexes of 2-3 bedrooms + study, 60 of one bedroom + study, and 80 studios. The base of the tower will have 4 floors of retail & restaurants. The smaller tower has been redesigned to house a new hotel.
All the apartments are at least 10% larger than Auckland Council’s minimum standards and have high studs of about 2.7m.
Mr Luke said this tower would be the tallest residential tower in Auckland and one of a handful of towers with more than 50 storeys.
Peddle Thorp’s previous building designs around central Auckland include the Lumley Building, Vero Centre, Stamford Residences, SAP building, the Westpac and Ernst & Young on Takutai square in Britomart and the redevelopment of the Auckland Museum.
Attribution: Peddle Thorp release.