Development company Civic Lane Ltd (John & Josephine Love) settled its agreement with Auckland Council this week for the redevelopment of the former civic administration building & neighbouring land between Aotea Square & Mayoral Drive.
The council said in a release today: “The agreement, settled this week for $3 million, reflected the exceptional costs of asbestos removal & heritage restoration requirements, and will enable the building to be developed in a way that will meet all the council’s design requirements & objectives for the project, as outlined by council when it made the decision.”
- Restoring an iconic heritage building at the heart of Auckland’s city centre
- Intensifying the use of the site and creating a frontage to Mayoral Drive
- Exemplary design quality, responding specifically to Te Aranga Maori design, sustainability & urban design best practice as per the objectives in the adopted Aotea Quarter framework plan, and
- Vehicle access for the Aotea Centre.
The deal was on the council governing body’s agenda last Thursday, but was discussed in the confidential section.
The Civic Quarter masterplan includes 4 buildings.
- 110 new homes
- 1200m² of new retail space
- 140 rooms
- 400 m² of new retail space
750m of new footpath activation on Mayoral Drive
1 Greys Residences:
- 90 new homes
- 1100 m² of new retail space
- 30m of new footpath activation
The Whare Tapere building:
- A community & cultural building with a frontage to Aotea Square
The redevelopment will result in 36,000m² of new or refurbished buildings underpinning a vibrant liveable city centre. Of this, over 28,000 m² will be retail and food & beverage on the ground floors.
The Civic Administration Building was designed in 1951 by Tibor Donner, a Hungarian émigré, who was appointed Auckland City Council’s chief architect in 1948. This appointment lasted until his retirement in 1967.
“It’ll have its challenges,” says developer
Related company Tawera Group Ltd (David Mahoney) was the original developer that signed up for the project, but it’s Mr Love who’s been instrumental in getting the apartment sales to enable the project to proceed.
Mr Love said today: “We’re looking forward to being able to provide new homes & a new community in such a wonderful location in central Auckland so close to everything, including theatres such as the Aotea Centre & the Auckland Town Hall, the Auckland Art Gallery, world-class shopping & dining, and of course the new City Rail Link Aotea train station.
“This building will have its challenges to develop, and not every developer would have taken it on. But the location & complete refurbishment will make it a truly desirable place to live & visit.”
Mayor Phil Goff said: “This settlement means that an A category heritage building can be restored & refurbished by the private sector, saving ratepayers refurbishment costs of over $80 million. It will also deliver a thriving new area providing hotel & residential accommodation & an exciting new performing arts centre.”
Boost to Aotea Quarter regeneration
Council property & urban regeneration arm Panuku Development Auckland’s development director, Allan Young, said the agreement would help realise the council’s vision to regenerate the area: “This development has a lot of potential, as a location for more housing, as well as a way to boost local economic activity with future residents located close to great transport links, jobs, shops & restaurants.
“The cost of removing asbestos from the building, preserving heritage features consistent with a category A heritage status, and intensifying the land with housing & commercial spaces will be extremely costly, so we are pleased that we were able to find a partner willing to take on this important work adjacent to Auckland’s most significant civic space.”
29 May 2019: Debate on civic administration building deal, including heritage questions, to go behind closed doors
22 September 2016: Mahoneys’ Tawera to convert civic administration building to apartments in new Civic Quarter
9 February 2015: Decision day approaching for old council admin building
19 November 2014: Council to consider old HQ’s fate next month
24 August 2014: Family team combines to create luxury at 8 Hereford
14 April 2014: Council staff want 3 months to prospect for alternative uses of old HQ
Attribution: Council release.