Auckland Council urban development agency Panuku Development Auckland has selected Tawera Group Ltd to restore the heritage category A former civic administration building on Aotea Square, in a new-look Civic Quarter.
Image above: An impression of the revived civic administration building, with new buildings on Mayoral Drive & Greys Avenue and the Rendezvous hotel (now the Grand Millennium) in the background.
Tawera (director & shareholder David Mahoney) intends to convert upper floors to apartments, open food & beverage on the ground floor, add an apartment building on the Mayoral Drive corner of the site, a new boutique hotel on Mayoral Drive and a building featuring a whare tapere performance space fronting Aotea Square.
The selection followed an international tender. The council quit the administration building in 2014, forced out by the asbestos throughout, but leaving anyway because it was no longer fit for the super-city council’s use.
The building, designed in the mid-1950s & completed in 1966, would have 8479m² of floorspace on 19 floors.
Tawera’s most recent experience in conversions is at the former Telecom building at 8 Hereford St and former Baycorp House at 15 Hopetoun St, both just down from the Karangahape Rd ridge.
In a presentation yesterday, Panuku said the mix of development in the proposed Civic Quarter was still to be finalised. However, it would be market-driven, with a focus on quality outcomes.
Construction is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2017 and be completed by the third quarter of 2020.
Panuku project director Clive Fuhr said it was important to provide a viable commercial opportunity that would enable the restoration of the heritage building, provision of more housing and the revitalisation of this precinct.
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Attribution: Panuku presentation material.