CHEWS LANE - 50 VICTORIA STREET

PROJECT TYPE: COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

USE: COMMERCIAL

LOCATION: CHEWS LANE

CLIENT: WILLIS STREET HOLDINGS LIMITED

ARCHITECTS: ATHFIELD ARCHITECTS

PROJECT TIMEFRAME: 2007-2008

AWARDS: PROPERTY COUNCIL OF NEW ZEALAND SUPREME AWARD 2009

‘Chews Lane represents everything we are looking for in terms of good urban design... four buildings were restored, a heritage facade preserved, and five new buildings added to provide a healthy mix of retail, office and residential units.’

Connal Townsend, CEO, Property Council of New Zealand

 

In 2005 Chews Lane was a gloomy service throughfare bordered by rundown buildings. Today it is the heart of a precinct covering two-thirds of a city block, an area that has been revitalised to create an award-winning and vibrant mixed-use development.

It includes around 15,000m2 of office premises, 19 retail stores at ground level, and six food and beverage outlets in the lane itself which is straddled by a new tower with 97 apartments.

Its busy inner city location posed particular construction challenges. Dust sheets were used to prevent dirt escaping, noise control constrained work hours, and pedestrian safety and site access needed careful attention.

Two eight-storey concrete podia were built on either side of Chews Lane to support the bridging apartment tower. The north podium on 50 Victoria Street houses the New Zealand Transport Authority’s headquarters in premium office space while the ground floor is retail.

The south podium is mainly car parking, with office pods occupying the premium street-front spaces. All office interiors feature high-end contemporary fit-outs.