NZX CENTRE APARTMENTS

PROJECT TYPE: MULTI-UNIT RESIDENTIAL

USE: APARTMENTS

LOCATION: TARANAKI WHARF, WELLINGTON

CLIENT: WILLIS BOND AND CO

ARCHITECTS: ATHFIELD ARCHITECTS LTD

PROJECT TIMEFRAME: 20032005

AWARDS: PROPERTY COUNCIL OF NEW ZEALAND SUPREME AWARD

This project involved a $20 million strengthening and refurbishment of an iconic Wellington waterfront building.

LT McGuinness worked with Willis Bond and Co and Athfield Architects on a refurbishment plan for the run-down building which would make it highly functional while preserving its unique status and character.

Special construction challenges included

  • the poor 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 the fit-outs were delivered within budget. The entire project was completed on time in May 2005.