Auckland wedding & event business Mantells is opening a function centre in the historic Navy League building on Tamaki Drive, following a lease deal negotiated by Ray White Commercial.
Mantells has taken a long-term lease to the first floor of the landmark 1134m² building at 19-21 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay, which was formerly home to Hammerheads restaurant and, more recently, True Food & Yoga.
Ray White Commercial director Finn Hurst said yesterday the Navy League building was ideally suited to Mantells, which was well known as a leading function venue provider in Auckland: “Mantells was keen to expand its venue portfolio, providing an additional option to complement its 2 venues in Mt Eden & Westhaven. The Navy League building was a great fit for their requirements.
“This building is one of Auckland’s waterfront icons and is easily recognised by the many locals & visitors who often pass by along Tamaki Drive. The upper level offers a beautiful character space with stunning harbour views – it’s an ideal spot for events.
“The building is already well known as a restaurant & events venue, having been a destination for waterfront dining in Auckland for nearly 30 years.”
Mr Hurst said the space had been leased to Mantells following a complex negotiation process involving several parties including Auckland Council property arm Panuku, the Navy League, liquidators for the former occupiers and lawyers acting for all parties. Separate negotiation processes were required around several aspects including rent, head lessor’s consent & chattels.
“The negotiation process was fairly complicated but we’re thrilled with the end result, which will see Mantells up & running in time to host functions this side of Christmas. We are also very pleased to have completed the negotiations in a relatively short timeframe, which is a great result for all involved.”
The Auckland & Suburban Drainage Board constructed the building in 1935 as a pumping station, part of the Orakei wastewater scheme. It was later transferred to Auckland Harbour Board ownership.
Following the closure of the Orakei scheme, the harbour board sold the building to the Navy League’s Auckland branch in 1963, on the condition that it be used for the sea cadet movement in Auckland.
The Navy League added a mezzanine floor in 1965 and sublet the area for restaurant use, with the rent used to fund Auckland sea cadet activities.
The aquariums which form part of Kelly Tarlton’s attraction next to the Navy League site were constructed in the disused wastewater holding ponds of the Orakei wastewater scheme.
The Navy League still occupies the lower level of the building and holds the ground lease to the site, with the freehold interest owned by Auckland Council.
Attribution: Agency release.