FREE AMBULANCE BUILDING

PROJECT TYPE: HERITAGE

USE: COMMERCIAL-RETAIL

LOCATION: TARANAKI WHARF, WELLINGTON

CLIENT: WILLIS BOND AND CO

ARCHITECTS: ATHFIELD ARCHITECTS

PROJECT TIMEFRAME: 2005-2006

Originally constructed around 1930, the Free Ambulance Building in the Taranaki Wharf area is considered one of Wellington’s best examples of art deco architecture.

LT McGuinness was contracted to refurbish it for commercial and retail use while retaining all of its exterior features. The work was completed in 2006 and the building strengthened to current structural codes.

The St John's Bar now occupies the ground floor, while high-quality boutique offices on the first and second floors accommodate Willis Bond and Co, Sustainable Future, Knight Coldicutt and Carat New Zealand.