Cooper and Co NZ (Peter Cooper) said on Monday construction of the 104-room hotel it will build in the middle of the Britomart precinct in downtown Auckland to take 20 months.
To be called The Hotel Britomart, the 10-level development has been designed by Cheshire Architects.
Cooper & Co chief executive Matthew Cockram said the hotel would be built at the corner of Gore & Galway Sts, and the development would extend to include the refurbishment & restoration of the adjoining Masonic & Buckland heritage buildings.
Cooper & Co has appointed international hoteliers TFE Hotels (Toga Far East Hotels) as operator & manager of the hotel under the TFE Collections brand, which Mr Cockram called “a portfolio of unique & beautiful discovery hotels in Australia & New Zealand with a sense of story, place & purpose”.
Toga is a joint venture between Toga Group and Far East Hospitality Holdings and has 70 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Europe & Asia under the Adina, Rendezvous, Medina, Travelodge & Vibe hotel & serviced apartment labels.
Mr Cockram said: “The Hotel Britomart is an exciting new challenge for Cooper & Co and the start of a new phase of evolution for Britomart. It allows us to take the appeal & vibrancy of Britomart as the heart of the cbd neighbourhood to a more intense & concentrated level by having people to stay. Guests will delight in the exquisitely designed rooms & spaces, with The Hotel Britomart’s discreet central location giving them easy access to the amenities & wide range of food, beverage & retail offerings of the Britomart precinct.”
The hotel’s distinctive brick exterior will be punctuated by an irregular constellation of windows. “Britomart has always been a place that confidently collides and enmeshes past and future,” saysof Cheshire Architects Ltd director Nat Cheshire, who designed the building with the firm’s Dajiang Tai, said: “The Hotel Britomart is a contemporary building, but the handmade qualities of its brick exterior are in intimate conversation with its heritage neighbours. The project also allows us to reach into the heart of the city block and open up intimate new laneways & a tiny cobbled square, which will enrich the streetscape & the future of Britomart. For us, this is as exciting as the hotel itself.”
Mr Cheshire said 99 of the hotel’s rooms would have interiors designed by Cheshire Architects. The 5 Landing Suites – 3 of which will feature outdoor sky gardens – were a collaboration between Cheshire Architects & Seattle’s Lucas Design Associates, and would offer some of the city’s most refined accommodation. The suites reference The Landing, the vineyard with luxury residences in the Bay of Islands also managed by Cooper & Co.
Cooper & Co executive chair Peter Cooper said: “Our experience in providing luxury accommodation & hospitality at The Landing made us want to create a city hotel that expresses all the values of the Britomart precinct.
“Britomart is a crossroads at the heart of downtown waterfront Auckland, and the hotel is another important step in enabling us to welcome people from everywhere and make them feel at home here.”
The Hotel Britomart’s ground floor will be occupied by its lobby, retail outlets and food & beverage offerings. The new hotel will be connected to the adjacent heritage buildings by a laneway that will lead to the hotel’s main entrance and also form a new connection with Customs St through the Masonic Building. Cooper & Co is working with Auckland Council & Auckland Transport to transform Galway St into a shared space during the hotel construction process, making the Britomart precinct an even more welcoming environment for pedestrians.
Bracewell Construction Ltd (Glenn Bracewell) has been contracted as builder. Cooper & Co is targeting a 5-star Green Star rating for the building that’s part of a wider commitment to sustainability throughout the Britomart precinct.
Bookings for the hotel will open 6 months before completion.
Attribution: Company release.