Botany shares retail property award
Both developments won excellence awards in the retail property sector.
The Property Council awards are unusual in that more than 1 excellence or merit award may be given — or none, as also happened this year.
Chancery as it stands now is a far cry from the 3-tower monster planned by NZI in the 80s. The upper parking garage for the NZI structure was completed, and Chancery’s directors discovered when they bought the site that the connection was in place to underground parking on the side facing Freyberg Place.
First development in Chancery was of upmarket fashion retail, with boutique offices above, and more office space in the building facing Bacons Lane. Highrise potential remains on the top part of the site.
The development by Chancery Ltd (Brian Mead & Richard Kroon) has only 9494mÂ² of net lettable area, less than half of it retail, but in a form which has brought new life to the High St precinct, though its success hasn’t yet rubbed off on the neighbours at the Metropolis, across Courthouse Lane.
Helped secure Multiplex’s place
One element of success which did rub off, in the opposite direction, was for the building contractor. Australian construction giant Multiplex entered New Zealand on the Metropolis project, which local contractors weren’t willing to undertake, then moved on to Chancery and a succession of other jobs.
The Botany centre has 50,900mÂ² of gross lettable area, including a covered fashion street. This project, designed in concept by Altoon & Porter of Los Angeles, with detailed design done locally by Hames Sharley, was a forerunner in moving New Zealand malls out of the enclosed-box style, combining a mixture of indoor/outdoor areas.
The supreme award was sponsored for the sixth year by Rider Hunt.
The Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority’s EnergyWise award was presented with the Property Council awards for the first time, going toTe Manawa O Akoranga reception & administration building at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Akoranga campus, Northcote.
The building, designed by Jasmax, “is an excellent example of energy-efficient building design balanced with the functional needs of the business. The form & orientation of the AUT building takes full advantage of solar energy & natural daylight. The lighting & heating, ventilation & air-conditioning systems are well organised & controlled to complement the architectural features of the design,” EECA chairman Mike Underhill said.
Energy Wise award, sponsored by EECA:
Multi-unit residential (Fisher & Paykel):
Excellence, Waitakere Gardens retirement village, Henderson, 15 Sel Peacock Drive, 95 units now, 200 more planned, owned/developed by Vision Senior Living Ltd (Peter Bourke, with Robert Foster of Arrow International); architects Architects Patterson; engineers Buller George.