Project Type: Commercial
Project Timeframe: Dec 2022 - July 2023
Architects: Warren and Mahoney
KPMG occupies the 6th and 7th floors of 44 Bowen, a building of around 14,500sqm that completes the fourth and final stage of the Bowen campus behind Parliament. 44 Bowen connects to earlier campus stages of Defence House and Charles Ferguson Tower and, at its peak, 250 people worked on the site.
The internal staircase and the outdoor balcony on L7 are the KPMG fitout’s standout features. The curved timber staircase has oak veneer panelling all the way up and a light well in the void that has cultural panels up to 6m tall. These embody the stories of Te Āti Awa people and place in the new building.
The balcony has expansive views over northern Wellington from the harbour to the Thorndon green belt, and is fitted out with heaters, speakers and lights.
This project involved the most pre-fabricated and templated construction that LT McGuinness has ever used. The steel stud walls were pre-made and pre-assembled off site and delivered as completed sections.
The curved partial height walls used Computerized Numerical Control (CNC), a process in which pre-programmed software and code controlled a machine that cut top and bottom plates to ensure the exact curve was achieved from the architectural model. This also allowed all the curved veneer joinery panels to be bent offsite without a site measure, and they all fitted correctly.
The site team used the architectural model to create its own partition plan model. This was then coordinated with services with an eye to the specific studs and framing of an individual wall.