TRANSPOWER HOUSE (SHELL HOUSE)

PROJECT TYPE: HERITAGE

USE: COMMERCIAL

LOCATION: 96 THE TERRACE, WELLINGTON

CLIENT: WILLIS BOND AND CO

ARCHITECTS: ARCHITECTURE +

PROJECT TIMEFRAME: 2002-2003

The heritage-listed Transpower House, formerly known as Shell House, was one of the first modern towers on The Terrace in Wellington, an area now dominated by office high-rise.

LT McGuinness was asked to refurbish and re-strengthen the building to ensure its ongoing suitability for commercial offices. We worked closely with developer Willis Bond and Co, owner Ron Brierley, and the design and structural consultants to come up with the best building solutions.

The new tenant, Transpower, also engaged us to undertake the interior fit-out. Transpower maintains New Zealand's bulk electricity transmission network and had unique requirements for this part of the project, particularly for the security and protection of its systems.

The entire project was completed on time in 2003.