NZX CENTRE

PROJECT TYPE: COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

USE: COMMERCIAL/RETAIL/APARTMENTS

LOCATION: TARANAKI WHARF, WELLINGTON

CLIENT: WILLIS BOND AND CO

ARCHITECTS: ATHFIELD ARCHITECTS LTD

PROJECT TIMEFRAME: 2003-2005

AWARDS: PROPERTY COUNCIL OF NEW ZEALAND SUPREME AWARD

This project involved a $20 million strengthening and refurbishment of the pale green Odlins building, a former timber merchants' warehouse and a well-known structure on the Wellington waterfront. It had fallen into such a poor state that anyone entering risked falling through the dilapidated floors.

LT McGuinness worked with Willis Bond and Co and Athfield Architects on a refurbishment plan to make it the highly functional headquarters of the New Zealand Stock Exchange while preserving its unique status and character.

Special construction challenges included

  • the rundown state of the existing building and the need for re-strengthening
  • building an underground carpark below sea level
  • a tight timeframe
  • constructing seven prestigious apartments within the existing roof line
  • bringing two large commercial tenants, NZX and P&O Nedlloyd, into the building by a specified date, and completing the interior fit-outs for those tenants.

These challenges were met, with open communication by the project team playing a key role in the project’s success. Both the refurbishments and fit-outs were delivered within budget and on time in May 2005.